ea 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|
|India Assam FOP||25%||Kalgar, India BOP||70%|
|China Black FOP||50%||Chester, Ceylon BOP||30%|
|India Assam FOP||60%|
|China Black FOP||80%||Yunnan||40%|
|China Black FOP||90%||India Assam TGFOP|
|China Keemun||10%||India Assam GBOP|
|Flavored OPs (Apricot, Mango, etc.)||Russian Caravan Blends|
|China Black FOP||Ceylon OP||75%|
|Formosa Choice Oolong||Lapsang Souchong||25%|
|China Keemun||Vanilla OP||50%|
|China Black BOP||Lapsang Souchong||50%|
|English Breakfast Blends||Exotic Blends|
|Kalgar, India BOP||48%||Earl Grey||25%|
|Chester, Ceylon BOP||48%||China Jasmine||75%|
|Chester Ceylon BOP||40%||Lapsang Souchong||13%|
|Kalgar, India BOP||40%|
|India Darjeeling||20%||Young Hyson||50%|
|India Darjeeling FOP||25%||Rose Congou||50%|
|China Keemun||50%||China Jasmine||50%|
|Decaffeinated Black BOP|
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.