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Last Updated: Feb. 2, 2016 

About Flavored Tea

Colorful loose-leaf flavored tea blend with black tea leaves, blue and purple flowers, and large olive-green dried leavesTARDIS Blend, Loose-leaf Flavored Tea, Photo © Rebecca Siegel, CC BY 2.0.
Flavored tea is made by blending leaves of the tea plant Camellia sinensis with some other flavoring, usually herbs, spices, flowers, or fruit.

There are many types of flavored teas, since they can be made out of different varieties of tea and there is no limit to the types of flavoring that can be used. Some of the most well-known flavored teas are Earl Grey (usually black tea + bergamot orange), jasmine tea (usually green tea + jasmine blossoms), and moroccan mint tea (usually green tea + mint leaves).

Fruits are also common blending ingredients. Commonly used fruits include lychee, orange, berries, or various tropical fruits. Herbs and spices commonly combined with tea include mint, ginger, ginseng, cinnamon, cardamon, clove, and fennel.

Flavored teas can be mixed up into a blend which is packaged and sold as-is, or they can be made up at the time of brewing.

Scented teas

When the tea is flavored only with flowers, especially when the flavoring is carried out through a process of layering the leaves with flowers and then removing the flowers, the resulting tea is sometimes called scented tea. Jasmine tea is produced by this method, and slightly less commonly, osmanthus. Flowers with a very strong aroma, such as rose, often just have their petals mixed in with the leaf, and this yields a strong enough aroma.

Extracts and artificial flavorings vs whole ingredients

Loose-leaf black tea with whole slices of almond and red-orange safflower petalsPhoto by A Girl With Tea, Photo © A Girl With Tea, CC BY 2.0.
Many flavored teas are produced by adding extracts or essential oils, or less commonly, artificial flavorings, to a base tea. This method is inexpensive and often yields a more consistent flavor, and sometimes can yield more potent flavors than blending with whole ingredients. However, it can yield blends that are flat or unnatural tasting, lacking the complexity attained by blending tea with whole ingredients.

When this method is used, essential oils and natural extracts are preferable, and tend to produce better results, than artificial flavorings. In the U.S. the legal definition of "natural flavors" is broad, including any flavoring obtained from a natural source, including both essential oils and more processed substances such as distillates or flavorings extracted by enzymolysis or heating. When reading ingredient lists, seeing the term "natural flavors" thus provides little information about what you can expect from the quality of the blend.

Many companies use both extracts with whole ingredients in their flavored teas. In some cases the whole ingredients do impart significant flavor and aroma, but in other cases they are mainly for show, being present in too small a quantity to influence how the tea tastes and smells.

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Each box contains 10 individually plastic-wrapped pyramid sachets, with visible, chopped pieces of green tea leaves and lavender buds at about a 20/1 ratio, and an invisible natural flavoring in the form of powdered blueberry juice. A pinch of matcha powder accumulates in the bottom crease of the wrapper, and can be d...

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90 / 100
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Call me a complete sucker for quality teas of this ilk, I suppose. This is Murchie's version of Constant Comment, which I also rate very highly, but with a few differences. In addition to cloves, orange peel and cinnamon, which the Bigelow product uses, Murchie's adds vanilla. This makes it less sharp than Constant ...

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49 / 100
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What Murchie's does well⁠, they utterly excel, and that's most of their teas. But on very uncommon occasions they spin out a head-scratching clunker that grossly defies their sterling reputation. This, friends, is the latter.

As an OU football fan, a great analogy is that one time just about every season when ...

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81 / 100
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Celestial Seasonings has produced, then retired, at least three flavored white teas, based on RateTea's listings. Is the fourth time the charm?

This apparently new offering, as of October 2021, contains white tea (unspecified type and origin), white chocolate flavor with other natural flavors, cinnamon, peppermin...

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61 / 100
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RateTea has been good for my life, by motivating me to variegate my tea sampling, and opening up new flavor and olfactory worlds. How's that for advertorial testimony? :-) That, however, has included getting me to sample nasty to mediocre teas, as well as some very good ones I otherwise wouldn't have had. This clas...

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Brand:Twinings
Style:Earl Grey Tea
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Caffeine:Caffeinated
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Lady Grey

Brand:Twinings
Style:Fruit Black Tea
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Brand:Bigelow Tea
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Brand:Bigelow Tea
Style:Flavored Black Tea
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Brand:Whispering Pines
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Earl Grey Decaffeinated Black Tea

Brand:Bigelow Tea
Style:Earl Grey Tea
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Bangkok

Brand:Harney and Sons
Style:Flavored Green Tea
Region:Blend
Caffeine:Caffeinated
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Masala Chai

Brand:Rishi Tea
Style:Chai / Spiced Tea
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Green Tea with Peach

Brand:Bigelow Tea
Style:Fruit Green Tea
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