This post is part 2 of a blog series. Visit Fool Proof Guide to Tea Blending part I
With thousands of available tea blends on the market, many tea drinkers often have a difficult time deciding which blend to choose. Some blends are created to enhance the flavor of the original tea and some are made specifically to maximize the health benefits, while some are both. For example, our popular Earl the Elphant blend has the black tea, lavender flowers which are known for its calming effect and oil of bergamot's wonderful fragrance that helps soothe the nerves and reduce nervous tension, anxiety, and stress, all of which can help cure ailments associated with stress such as high blood pressure, insomnia, and depression.*
There are also some that are purely for promoting the natural and healthy way of life such as green tea and puerh tea.
Blending, indeed, has many benefits. It can balance the quality of tea, adjust the price of the final product, maximize the overall benefits of tea or create a unique and enticing flavor and scent.
Tea Blending can balance the quality of tea, adjust the price of the final product, maximize the overall benefits of tea or create a unique and enticing flavor and scent.
These days it is almost impossible to count all those tea blends on the market. Teas are being blended with flowers, fruits, spices, chocolate and herbs, even beans and even gold flakes! Blends that contain no artificial or natural flavors are called scented teas. Flavored teas, on the other hand, may include artificial or natural scent.
Can all teas be flavored then? Not really. Because not all teas are suitable for flavoring. Strong green teas, black teas and highly oxidized oolongs are the most common choice for creating different experiences through blending.
English breakfast is one of the most well-known teas across the world. It is made from two or more different teas from the same of different country. Earl grey is the most popular scented teas of all times. (Note: Our natural combination of earl grey with vanilla is out of this world!) Even though the modern version can include dried flowers or fruits, original earl grey was scented only with bergamot oil. Extremely popular Indian masala tea is all about blending as well. Adding different spices to a strong Assam tea in the right amounts will ultimately lead to a good or a bad blend. Common spices used for making masala tea are cinnamon, ginger, black pepper, cloves, anise star, fennel and many other herbs. (Note: zooTEApia's popular Chipmunk Chai is guaranteed to delight your taste buds with warming spices perfect for the cold winter season.)