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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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Earl Grey from Twinings

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: ?????
Aug. 5th, 2022

The dry tea is finely chopped and smells strongly of citrus. There are a few white flecks in the bag that according to the ingredients are probably bergamot peel.

I'm pretty sure that the citrus in Twinings Earl Grey is a blend. The bergamot is pronounced (as it should be in an Earl Grey), but I also taste sweet ora...

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35 / 100
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Spiced Apple Chai from Twinings

Style: Chai / Spiced Tea – Region: Blend
Aug. 4th, 2022

This tea is all about the added flavors. The dry tea smells strongly of green apple peels. Adding hot water brings out a bit of spice, predominantly cinnamon.

I don't taste or smell any tea. The flavor is mostly cinnamon with a bit of ginger heat and some apple in the background and tastes like those powdered hot ci...

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75 / 100
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Earl Grey Supreme from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: Blend
Jul. 18th, 2022

This is a mellow EG, with a smooth base tea and subdued bergamot flavor. Usually I prefer my EG with lemon and sugar, but imo this works best with milk and just a little sugar.

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73 / 100
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Substantively, this doesn't seem to be different from Harney's Bangkok tea (which I liked a lot and reviewed highly), but in even costlier sachets. Expensive stuff. Very expensive stuff. Did I mention it's pricey?

The value really drags on this product, because while it smells and tastes very good, paying ten b...

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62 / 100
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Lady Grey (Loose) from Twinings

Style: Fruit Black Tea – Region: Blend
Jun. 23rd, 2022

The loose tea is a rather broken black tea blend with visible bits of citrus peel and blue cornflower petals. It smells strongly like fresh oranges, but the tea aroma is quite faint. Adding hot water brings out a malty aroma from the tea, but the citrus still predominates.

The bulk of the flavor is citrus. The blend...

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