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Wikipedia: Tea_blending_and_additives 
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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GOLD GENMAI-CHA Brown Rice Tea from Maeda-en

Style: Genmaicha – Region: Japan
May. 14th, 2020

I really wasn't impressed with this. I was hopeful because the reviews I found elsewhere were good. But, this tea lacks taste and body. There's nothing to it. I even contacted Maeda-en because I thought there might be an issue with the product. It's not what I've come to expect from their brand. Their teas are usually ...

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48 / 100
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English Breakfast Lemon from Twinings

Style: Fruit Black Tea – Region: Blend
May. 11th, 2020

Dry or steeping, this tea smells of lemon candy.

The tea is pretty one-dimensional. The flavor is lemony with a slightly astringent, smoky finish. The spent teabags have a curious pink tinge to them. I'm guessing that it might be something like hibiscus for tartness, though none is specifically listed in the ingredi...

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65 / 100
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Cup at home, made from leaves of black tea mixed with tiny pieces of orange peel, cornflower and what looks like some other fruit - small white caramelised pieces. Pours hazy copper brown (against white china), with sediment (I used a sieve, not a filter). Clear aroma of fruit and black tea, with touches of caramel and...

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85 / 100

Anis Te (Nr. 31) from Wohlenberg

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend
May. 9th, 2020

Half-litre pot at home, made from fine, small black and dark brown leaves of Ceylon and Chinese black tea and tiny pieces of liquorice root - the blend emits a powerful scent of aniseed and liquorice. Pours slightly hazy robust copper brown (against white china) with no sediment. Intense aroma of aniseed and liquorice,...

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67 / 100
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Marani ® (No. 953) from TeaGschwendner

Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: Blend
May. 9th, 2020

Half-litre pot at home, made from leaves of green tea and the blossom of rose, sunflower, and cornflower. Pours clear straw (against white china) with no sediment. Clear aroma of Sencha leaves, with very mild touches of sunflower and rose blossom. Ditto flavour, with hints of cornflower. Slightly astringent palate with...

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