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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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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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Coffee Kisses (No. 1654) from TeaGschwendner

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend
Aug. 31st, 2021

Half-litre pot at home, made from a sample received at the outlet in Flensburg and containing wiry leaves of black tea and roasted South American coffee beans. Pours clear dark amber with no sediment. Clear aroma of black tea leaves (Assam?), with malty notes and touches of coffee. Bitter flavour of black tea, with roa...

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69 / 100
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Easter Tea (No. 930) from TeaGschwendner

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend
Aug. 31st, 2021

One-litre cup at home, made from a mixture of black tea leaves and marigold blossom, sprinkled with flavour and emitting a citric scent. Pours clear dark amber (against white china) with no sediment. Clear aroma of black tea leaves, with malty notes (Assam?) and mild citric hints. Mild, bitterish, leafy flavour with ma...

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75 / 100
Picture of Earl Grey Superior (Nr. 129)

Half-litre pot at home, made from a mixture of black tea (Assam?) leaves, sprinkled with flavour and bergamot oil. Pours nearly clear copper brown (against white china) with no sediment. Clear aroma of bergamot oil, with malty and leafy notes of black tea (Assam?). Bitter, but not aggressive, leafy flavour with sweetis...

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74 / 100
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Shogun (No. 987) from TeaGschwendner

Style: Fruit Green Tea – Region: Blend
Aug. 31st, 2021

Half-litre pot at the company’s tea lounge in Hamburg, made of a mixture of Sencha leaves and pieces of apple, rhubarb and raspberries, all sprinkled with flavouring. Pours slightly hazy light straw (against white china) with no sediment. Clear aroma of berries and rhubarb, with touches of Sencha. Delicate flavour of...

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