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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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Duchess Grey from Williamson Tea

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: Kenya
Jul. 30th, 2020

Inside the box, the fifty round, tagless teabags are stacked in a sealed Mylar pouch. They're not individually wrapped.

Upon opening the pouch for the first time, the citrus aroma is wonderful and intense. The teabags themselves appear to be sprayed with citrus oil (presumably bergamot, but it smells a bit sweeter t...

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80 / 100
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Blood Orange (No. 959) from TeaGschwendner

Style: Fruit Black Tea – Region: Blend
Jul. 24th, 2020

Half-litre pot at home, made from a mixture of organic black tea leaves, pieces of organic orange peel and safflower blossom and orange oil. Pours nearly clear dark amber (against white china) with no sediment. Clear aroma of black tea leaves and orange. Mildly bitter flavour of black tea, with pronounced citric and fr...

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80 / 100
Picture of Grøn Karamelte (Nr. 341)

Half-litre pot at home, made from a mixture of Sencha leaves and pieces of fudge. Pours clear straw (against white china) with no sediment. Clear aroma of caramel, with notes of Sencha leaves and mild touches of vanilla. Bitterish and herbal flavour of Sencha, with sweetish notes of caramel and hints of vanilla. Mildly...

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72 / 100

Half-litre pot at home, made from a mixture of white tea leaves and what looks like pieces of dried mango, mulberries, cornflower and sunflower (the blend is new, and there is no description on the tea company's website yet). Pours clear straw (against white china) with no sediment. Clear aroma of mulberries and peach,...

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Picture of Carstensens Munkete (Nr. 147)

Half-litre pot at home, made from a mixture of black tea leaves and pieces of orange peel, orange blossom and cloves. Pours nearly clear dark copper brown (against white china) with no sediment. Clear aroma of black tea, cloves and orange peel, with hints of vanilla. Bitter flavour of black tea, with spicy notes of clo...

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