Tea blending is the art of combining different teas to create a flavor-layered cuppa that enhances and draws out the special notes of your favorite teas. Blending tea to create a unique flavor isn’t difficult. Unlike creating those trend-fabulous coffee drinks, blended tea requires nothing more than a few different types of loose leaf tea, your favorite all-natural add-ins, a strainer, a sense of adventure, and a limitless imagination.
The key to personalizing your tea is to begin with a high quality base such as Epiphany’s Darjeeling Tea or Kenyan Green Tea. Once you’ve decided on a the ideal base for your tea, begin experimenting with some of your favorite flavors. Anything goes and you might find some interesting combinations. Of course, you may steep a few duds in the course of your palate pleasing project, so if it sounds a little “too crazy” try a cup first before brewing up a whole pot.
Tea has been around for millennia so there are some tried and true add-ins and blends that are quite delightful. It’s fun to experiment with your own ideas as well. Here are some of the ways you can start making your own specially blended cuppa.
Tea + Tea
Chai and Green
The Easiest way to create a personalized blend of tea is by combining different teas. For instance, if you like the spicy flavor of chai, but find it a bit overwhelming in it’s entirety, why not infuse it with a bit of Japanese Jade? This tempers the strong flavor without having to add a lot of milk and sugar. It’s a lighter sip that’s big on flavor but won’t bowl you over with spices.
Combine a strainer of Peachy Oolong with the sachets of Lemon Love, Raspberry Oolong and Mightea Mango for a fruit flavored delight. Add a drizzle of honey or agave syrup to your cup and you’ve blended the perfect after-meals sweet. It’s much more beach-body friendly than a slice of pie, yet just as satisfying.
Orange Meets Grey
One of the loveliest notes in a cup of Lavender Grey is the bergamot flavor. It can be quite subtle, leaving your wondering “what WAS that amazing soft note in my cup?”. When you’re steeping your Lavender Grey, slip some orange zest into the cup. Just a small amount, no more than a teaspoon. And zest the orange properly so you don’t include the white part of the rind. The white that’s just beneath the zest can make your tea very bitter.
Lemon Basil, Thyme, or Verbena
These delicate herbs, when added the last minute of brewing, lend an earthy and lemony quality to your tea that’s outstanding. The lightly lemon basil, thyme and verbena impart their own version of lemon, not too citrusy, not at all sour. Pairing these herbal add-ins with a green tea results in a somewhat savory, very earthy and delicious cup of tea.
Ginger Up Your Darjeeling
A few people find the strong flavor of black tea can cause a bit of tummy upset. If you love the deliciousness of Darjeeling, but find you tend not to drink this robust tea very often, try taming your teacup with some sliced ginger root. Place 2 or 3 thinly sliced coins in your cup before steeping. The flavors combine in a wonderful way, and your tummy troubles are over as ginger is a natural anti-nausea remedy.
Rock Your Rooibos
Rooibos is a caffeine-free powerhouse of health-going benefits. Not only is it good for your heart but drinking rooibos can lower your blood pressure and boost your immunities. Sometimes, though, your rooibos can be a little bland. Rock your rooibos by placing a cinnamon stick (the natural bark and not the candy!) into your cup or pot before you brew. For an added lusciousness drizzle a bit of real maple syrup after steeping. The non-caffeinated blend is a great way to begin and end your day. The maple syrup is a natural sweetener and cinnamon regulates your blood sugar, making it delightfully healthy.
When it comes to tea blending there are no rules. You might enjoy a savory tea one day, something a bit floral-infused the next. Forego dessert and blend your tea with fruit or cacao nibs for a healthy treat. The possibiliTEAS are endless.
Even the most dedicated of tea drinkers will find a restless boredom with their favorite cuppa occasionally. The next time you stand at your pantry longing for something “new and exciting” to take your tastebuds for a tango, try a splendid blended in your cuppa. You might just be onto something special.