Flavored teas – understanding the differences
Flavored teas are a blend of a base tea – black, green, oolong or white together with herbs, fruits and flavoring. Some teas are just a base tea with a flavoring, like our Black Cherry. In addition enhancements are added to improve the visual appearance and entice you to buy, but do not really change the flavor.
More complex blends can have more than 15 ingredients with no flavoring or just a small amount to complete the final taste. Divine Temple is a good example with the following ingredients:
White & green tea (blend of 7 different types), jasmine, mango bits, pineapple bits, papaya bits, orange peels, strawberry bits, red currants, sour cherry bits, apricot bits and natural flavoring.
Earl Grey is a tea that originates in England and consists of a base tea, normally black, and an oil type flavor of bergamot (a citrus fruit) with a very characteristic strong aroma. Many blends rely on the flavoring to sell the product but use an inferior base tea giving an infusion that lacks total flavor and is bitter. I believe we have one of the best Earl Greys as it has a natural organic flavoring on a high graded organic Chinese black tea.
Pu Erh is a famous fermented (aged) blackish Oolong that many tea books list as a medicinal tea. The earthy vegetative aroma and taste put off many people from trying. With the addition of fairly strong herbs & flavoring it can be changed to a very drinkable tea and I refer to it as the morning after tea. If you have had some bad food or over indulged it really helps your stomach recover and we always take my favorite, Mint Vanilla, when travelling. It is so effective that many chemotherapy patients find it helps reduce sickness. We also offer a ginger version as well as a strawberry/mango (French Kiss).
SO when you consider buying a flavored tea, look at the ingredients to see if the blender has tried to come up with a really special assortment that may give you a new favorite tea.
Flavored teas with blends using black, green, white and oolong bases - all caffeinated from high to low levels:
Almond Rose - an unusual blend of black tea, spices, nuts, rosebuds and vanilla flavoring that gives a complex floral spicy cream flavor.
Apricot - very aromatic and strong apricot taste
Black Cherry - fresh fruity taste of cherries
Blackcurrant - a very flavorful blackcurrant black tea with blackcurrant pieces
Blossoms - a blend of three black teas from India, Ceylon and China blended with several blossoms and petals to give a very floral aroma and taste.
Caramel Nut - rich aroma and satisfying flavor this is commonly regarded by our coffee drinkers as the best among flavored teas
Chai Espresso - full rich flavor with a strong cinnamon chai taste with the background coffee flavor
Chai Green - the green tea base creates a milder chai and offers a very refreshing taste due to the addition of peppermint
Chai White - white tea base with great spices to become a very tasty chai that is smooth and gentle on your stomach.
Choc’ Peppermint - rich soothing chocolate peppermint
Divine Temple - a complex blend of 17 different teas & fruits
Earl Grey* - intense aroma, full flavor with natural oil of bergamot
Earl Grey Cream - perfectly balances the tart citrus flavor of orange bergamot with rich, silky cream
Earl Grey Lavender - combines Earl Grey's traditional bergamot flavor with that of soothing, fragrant lavender
Earl Grey Royalty* - organic black tea from China & Darjeeling, India resulting in a milder British style blend.
Princess Grey* - a milder bergamot combined with a delicious lemony flavor
Enchanted Forest - captivating marzipan flavored green tea and mate blend
English Toffee - flavorful toffee blend with real toffee pieces
French Kiss - sweet strawberry and mango in a Pu Erh base
Ginger Pu Erh* - a healthy combination of organic Pu Erh and ginger
Indian Chai* - black tea with traditional chai spices
Irish Whiskey - perfect blend, smooth, creamy, and strong
Japanese Cherry - Sencha base with high-quality sour cherry pieces and a tempting cherry flavor
Jasmine - Chinese green tea scented with Jasmine flowers
Jasmine Pearls - Jasmine flavored green tea rolled into little balls or pearls - multiple infusions
Lemon Ginger - great combination of the ginger tea health benefits mixed with lemon
Lemon Surprise – flavored green tea that has a very lemony taste with a touch of coconut
Magic Moon - extraordinary blend of black tea with a portion of green tea and fruit
Mango - mango flavored black tea that is great iced
Mango Pear - unique flavor of these two fruits will surprise you in its delicate taste
Maple Walnut - exceptional taste experience of sweet, viscous maple syrup and crunchy walnuts
Mayan Cocoa - this chocolate tea has a strong "coffee" like flavor
Mint Vanilla* - tastes good but can also do you good
Moroccan Mint* - tastes just like fresh mint leaves from your garden with a green tea.
Orange & Spicy - Indian spices rounded off with natural orange flavoring
Peach - black tea leaves, dried peach, mango, blackberry leaves, sunflower and calendula petals
Peach Blossom* - white tea and peach blossom flavor is delicate but very tasty
Peach Mojito - has the characteristics of the famous drink - mint, peach and a caramel flavor
Pineapple Cake - the most aromatic tea that we have in our range
Pineapple Matcha - green tea with matcha that has a bold pineapple taste and great iced
Pomegranate - enjoy a green tea with pomegranate nutritional benefits
Raspberry - flavored black tea that is good hot or iced
Red Wine* - black oolong base with red grape skins and fruits
Rose of Orient - tart, fruity and floral green tea
Snowflake - black tea with fine slivers of almond and choice pieces of coconut
Spiced Rum - black tea with the taste of spiced rum without the alcohol
Strawberry Cream - smooth and simply delicious
Strawberry Green – green tea with real bits of strawberry and papaya
Tea on the Beach - green tea with sour cherries and ripe, dripping, sweet pineapple
Tropical Coconut* - greenish oolong with coconut and pineapple
Vanilla – black tea with the robust, relaxing, and fragrant scent of vanilla
White Cherry - white & green tea with a hint of jasmine & coconut in the predominant cherry flavor