Information on Specialty Tea Blends

 
Tea offers more taste profiles than any other beverage in the world. Singularly, a tea and a wine would share most of the taste spectrum. However, when you begin to blend teas, the number of tastes becomes endless.
 

We have listed a few of our favorites. Blending tea is easy when you begin to understand the characteristics of different teas. Some teas are used for color, others for sweet taste, while another may be used to give a blend a full-bodied liquor. Again, these are just a few of our favorites; there are literally thousands of different combinations available.

 

Non-clouding Specialty Iced Tea Blends   Irish Breakfast Blends  
       
lazy placeholderIndia Assam FOP 25% lazy placeholderKalgar, India BOP 70%
lazy placeholderChina Black FOP 50% lazy placeholderChester, Ceylon BOP 30%
lazy placeholderChina Jasmine 25%    
    lazy placeholderIndia Assam FOP 60%
lazy placeholderChina Black FOP 80% lazy placeholderYunnan 40%
lazy placeholderChina Jasmine 20%    
    Non-blends  
lazy placeholderChina Black FOP 90% lazy placeholderIndia Assam TGFOP  
lazy placeholderChina Keemun 10% lazy placeholderIndia Assam GBOP
    lazy placeholderKeemun
Non-blends      
lazy placeholderFlavored OPs (Apricot, Mango, etc.)   Russian Caravan Blends  
lazy placeholderKenya      
lazy placeholderChina Black FOP lazy placeholderCeylon OP 75%
lazy placeholderFormosa Choice Oolong   lazy placeholderLapsang Souchong 25%
lazy placeholderFormosa Keemun      
lazy placeholderChina Keemun   lazy placeholderVanilla OP 50%
lazy placeholderChina Black BOP lazy placeholderLapsang Souchong 50%
       
English Breakfast Blends   Exotic Blends  
       
lazy placeholderKalgar, India BOP 48% lazy placeholderEarl Grey 25%
lazy placeholderChester, Ceylon BOP 48% lazy placeholderChina Jasmine 75%
lazy placeholderChina Jasmine 4%    
    lazy placeholderEarl Grey 87%
lazy placeholderChester Ceylon BOP 40% lazy placeholderLapsang Souchong 13%
lazy placeholderKalgar, India BOP 40%    
lazy placeholderIndia Darjeeling 20% lazy placeholderYoung Hyson 50%
    lazy placeholderRose Congou 50%
lazy placeholderCeylon OP 25%    
lazy placeholderIndia Darjeeling FOP 25% lazy placeholderRose Congou 50%
lazy placeholderChina Keemun 50% lazy placeholderChina Jasmine 50%
       
Non-blends      
lazy placeholderChina Keemun      
lazy placeholderDecaffeinated Black BOP      
lazy placeholderYunnan      
lazy placeholderKenya      

 
 

What is the secret to a good tea blend? We do not make any blends ourselves, and therefore speak from the perspective of one who only cups the finished product rather than one who develops these. In this context, we would like to throw out the notion that instead of thinking solely in terms of adding flavors, that we ought to consider, somewhat counter-intuitively, strategizing in terms of subtracting flavors. By introducing one ingredient to the base, we are taking something away from the base, and with each additional ingredient or flavoring, there is some reduction in each component?s inherent features. This perspective may help in designing recipes that create a good balance in the final product. Also it is important to mix teas of similar leaf size; if a small broken-leafed tea is blended with a large fluffy full-leafed tea, the smaller tea particles will settle to the bottom of the container and the two teas will separate. Finally, mix teas in proportions determined by weight, not by sight alone. This is the secret to consistency in good blended teas.