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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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Picture of Winter Dream (Nr. 156)

One-litre pot at home, made from a mixture of black tea leaves (Ceylon?) and pieces of apples, almonds and orange peel as well as cinnamon, all sprinkled with some wintry flavour. Pours clear darkish copper brown (against white china) with no sediment. Clear, intense aroma of almonds and cinnamon, with notes of orange ...

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78 / 100
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Earl Grey from A.C. Perch's Thehandel

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: Blend
Nov. 22nd, 2020

Cup at home, made from a sachet containing fine, wiry leaves pf Chinese black tea sprinkled with bergamot oil and lychee aroma. Pours nearly clear dark copper brown (against white china) with no sediment. Clear aroma of black tea (Keemun?), with notes of bergamot oil and very mild hints of fruit. Ditto flavour, althoug...

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68 / 100

Cup at home, made from a sample received in my local outlet and consisting of leaves of Sencha, probably strawberry leaves, too, cornflower blossom, and pieces of caramelised melon and dried apple - at least that is what the loose mixture looks and smells like; no description is available on the tea company's website y...

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40 / 100
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Earl Grey from Twinings

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: ?????
Nov. 22nd, 2020

Cup at home, made from a teabag. Pours hazy dark brown (against white china) with sediment. Intense aroma of malt, bergamot oil, citrus and, well, horse manure, if you ask me, with some leafy notes of black tea. Bitter flavour of black tea, with some malty notes (Assam?) and citric touches and hints of bergamot oil. As...

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78 / 100
Picture of Japansk Lime og Lemon (Nr. 232)

Half-litre pot at home, made from a mixture of green tea (Sencha?) leaves, small pieces of lemon and lemon peel as well as daisy blossom, all sprinkled with a refreshing aroma. Pours clear pale straw (against white china) with no sediment. Intense aroma of lemon and lime, with clear notes of green tea. Leafy flavour of...

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