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Once you understand the basic principles of tea blending, you can easily create your own deliciously satisfying blends at home. Whether it is a regular traditional breakfast blend, soothing and warming chai or a unique flavored tea, all you need is a bit of creativity and a few basic ingredients.
The basic of any tea blend is the pure loose leaf tea. Green, black, white and pu'er teas are the perfect base for numerous tea blends.
- Green teas like medium quality sencha, pure Darjeeling and Assam tea, Chinese keemun or Yunnan black tea are all good choices for blending.
- Simple kitchen spices likecinnamon, ginger, cardamom, cloves and black peppercorn can be mixed with Assam tea to make an Indian Masala Chai blend.
- Silver needle and White peony are the best among white teas.
- Loose leaf ripe pu'erh tea is good for blending with numerous flowers and herbs.
- Green teas go better with flowery, fruity, fresh and citric notes.
- Robust black teas can usually handle strong and more pronounced aromas like chocolate and rum, sour fruits and flowers with strong fragrances like rose and lavender.
- Rooibos is perfect for creating sour, sweet and spicy blends of herbal tea blends.
- Pu'er goes well with sweet fruits or strong flowers.
Some of the best flowers to mix with pure loose leaf tea are the ones that you can actually grow in your own garden. Chamomile, lavender and rose go well with either white, green or black tea. Jasmine and osmanthus flowers are perfect choices for mixing with both green or oolong teas. Mix them in the 30/70 ratio.
Other Ingredients to Add
There are also other ingredients that can add dimension to regular tea. Here are some tips you can easily try at home:
- Home pan roasted (without oil) brown rice mixed with regular bancha or sencha will create you your own genmaicha tea.
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- Dry roasted barley or corn can also give a sweet toasty note to your green tea.
- Dried fruits like apples, kiwi or strawberries can be mixed with almost any green tea. Chocolate drops, raisins or cinnamon are perfect for flavoring black tea.
- Vegetables like cucumbers mix perfect with green tea, especially if you add some fresh or dried mint to the mix.
- Basil, ginger, and berries are a good choice to liven up a cup of regular green tea as well. Coconut, chili pods, elderberry flowers, cherry, licorice, lemongrass, rose hip, hibiscus, the list of possible ingredients is never ending.
*Crush, tear, curl (sometimes cut, tear, curl) is a method of processing black tea in which the leaves are passed through a series of cylindrical rollers with hundreds of sharp teeth that crush, tear, and curl the tea into small, hard pellets.
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