We already introduced the concept of flavoured and scented Tea but this should not be confused with blended Tea, which is created by mixing more that one type of Tea from different productions with different characteristics to create a specific flavour and aroma. This has been mainly used with black Tea and as a way to cover lower quality Teas. All Tea bags and most supermarket brands are blends and some have as many as 30 different Tea types.
You will notice that Tea blends always maintain the same taste. Every season, the same Tea producer feel variances in quality and taste depending on the weather, soil, plucking,… but with blended Tea these differences are disguised. Obviously, this can also be seen as a form of art because the Tea tasters in charge of doing this need to make sure that the blend always tastes exactly the same.
Experienced Tea drinkers may prefer to do this themselves using individual varieties but many blends are so successful that they have become mass produced and sold as separate Teas. Some of the most famous blends that you might find:
- Breakfast Tea – a robust, rich full-bodied blend of Black Teas that is designed to be served with milk and is traditionally associated with the Full English Breakfast. This is the most popular drink in the UK, usually served in Tea Bags, and often referred as Builders Tea.
- Earl grey – This blend is distinctive by the mixture of Indian and Ceylon Tea with the citrus flavour of bergamot.
- Masala Chai – A spiced blend from India that usually mixes black tea flavoured with cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, star anise, black pepper and clove.
- Russian Caravan – A blend of Oolong, Keemun and Lapsang Souchong Teas.
Nowadays, there are also plenty of blends that mix loose leaf Tea with flowers, fruit or herbs like lemongrass, chocolate, hazelnut, vanilla, orange, peach, blackberry,…
My good friend Joana brought me different Tea and herbs from Siem Reap in Camboja and I love mixing the green Tea with jasmine, ginger and lemongrass. It is a very refreshing combination!
How would you feel about creating your own blend? We would love to hear your view on this.
Happy Tea Break. 🙂