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Flavored Tea - Enjoy a good cup with different flavorful twists from various tea types

Flavored teas are what make a cup of your favorite blend more exciting regardless of the type of tea you prefer. The flavor can be experienced through the fragrance your tea emits or the taste of the ingredients blended with the tea leaves. 

Aromatic teas usually bear the scent and taste of floral notes through the fragrant moisture surrounding any type of tea during the blending process. This procedure happens in the final firing of the tea leaves, leaving a layer of freshly plucked scented flowers on top of the tea for several hours. The floral aroma and flavor combine with the tea blend.

Teas having accentuated flavors of fruits, herbs, and floral hints may either contain bits and pieces into the finished tea blend or include flavoring oils and extracts sprayed on the tea leaves to come up with irresistible infusions to tickle the tea drinker's palate.

Look for more ways to experience and celebrate a great cup of tea! Step into the new millennium of tea drinking and experience the vast array of flavors these teas offer the market today. Flavored teas are popular with millennials nowadays. Try new tastes to add to your favorite traditional tea list by ordering flavored tea samplers only at English Tea Store.  

What is flavored tea called?

Flavored Tea, though simple and straight forward, goes by a few names. Tea drinkers around the world have different words they use when referring to flavored tea. Some call it scented or perfumed due to its inviting aroma, while countries such as the United States have a dissenting feeling on labeling their favorite flavored tea as perfumed. Flavored teas tend to deliver the best-tasting blends regardless of how they are labeled.

How to make flavored tea?

Concocting your favorite flavored tea requires additional ingredients other than the base tea type to make every cup of tea as tasty and delightful as promised. These flavors may come from natural or artificial sources. Though both use the same chemicals for blending with the tea leaves, these flavorings undergo different methods for them to be absorbed by the base tea. The flavorings are blended through liquid or dry encapsulated flavor. Liquid flavors and emulsions are most frequently used by manufacturers to blend their teas, while dry flavors have a controlled release of the taste into the tea mixture. 

Flavoring teas use various techniques to have certain accents emerge from your favorite brewed cup. First on the list of techniques is by using natural granules, which come from the natural essences of fruits, herbs, and flower petals. These ingredients are sprayed all over the tea leaves and are mixed evenly afterward to create the aromatic and flavorful blends you know and crave.   

Blending the base tea type directly with little chunks of blossoms, spices, herbs, and pieces of fruits is a flavoring technique called Inclusions. This method puts forward a balance of mouthwatering blends, bringing out the right flavors straight from the bits of ingredients used in your favorite tea. 

Flavored teas do not only use granules, but some may apply natural extracts from oils of leaves, blossoms, fruits, roots, and herbs. The oil extracts play an important role in producing the tea's aroma and unique flavor. 

Nature-identical flavoring is another way in which to make flavored teas. The natural flavors are taken out of the raw ingredients with chemical processes. The flavors are preserved in the procedure of extraction and offering a formidable taste. Though this category produces non-artificial flavors, the taste accents use unnatural extraction substitute methods to pull out the extracts that are then sprayed and blended on the leaves. This category is less costly for tea manufacturers than blending flavored teas using natural granules or extracts.

Stronger flavors may also be a product of artificial flavorings. Affordable artificial flavoring agents, other than the actual taste qualities of the ingredient, help enhance the fruity taste that combines with the tea leaves.

How much caffeine is in a flavored tea?

Caffeine presence in flavored teas is almost always present. It is a matter of what type of tea you steep into your morning or afternoon cup that we can start to figure this out. The caffeine level of tea, flavored or not, relies on the base tea type used in the blend. Tea types gathered from the Camellia sinensis plant generally contain caffeine, though the strength may differ depending on the blending process they go through, and the amount of tea leaves infused in a pot or cup, or the length of time you steep your leaves. Tisane or herbal tea is another tea type other than the true teas or those made from Camellia sinensis. Most herbal teas are inherently free from caffeine. A few tisanes, such as the yerba mate and guayusa, provide a substantial level of caffeine, amounting to 180mg and higher per cup. Yerba mate and guayusa teas are considered to have the highest caffeine content, surpassing black and pu-erh teas on top of the list.  

Among teas belonging to the Camellia sinensis tea variants, matcha tea gives 136mg of caffeine per 2-gram serving, while pu-erh tea contains a maximum of 100mg caffeine content for every cup infusion. Black tea, regardless of combined flavor or blend, offers as much as 90mg of caffeine per 237ml brew. Oolong, green, and white teas are known to have the lowest caffeine levels among all of the tea types. 

Understanding flavoring for tea: What are the taste elements of tea out of the 5 key flavors?

Teas present different flavor combinations to satisfy the tea aficionado's taste buds. But did you know that tea holds four out of the five prominent taste elements? Teas can be sweet, sour, bitter, and have a subtle complex savory taste of umami. Your cup of brewed tea may serve a fusion of tastes such as sweet, sour, and a little bitter in most Earl Grey teas as well.

With the development of more flavorful infusions, teas also bring out various lush notes described as malty, earthy, floral, nutty, grassy, smokey, spicy, citrusy, fruity, or astringent. The perfect collaboration of flavors enhances the taste of the base tea, giving you more reasons to love your favorite blend a little more with each gulp.

Levels of flavor intensity between loose tea leaves and tea bags

Savoring a tea-rrific blend usually depends on what tea form was steeped into your cup or pot of hot water. There are distinctions when infusing tea from loose leaves, tea bags, and in K-cups. These noticeable contrasts, particularly between leaf and bagged teas, are the ability of each to produce the unique flavorful profile, scent, and liquid of a tea blend. The release and content of helpful antioxidants vary with the tea form you may chose for your morning or afternoon cup.  

Let's focus solely on the differentiation of flavors of teas in loose-leaf and those in tea bags. Loose tea leaves produce flavorful infusions with uncompromised qualities. Brewing tea leaves in an infuser allows the flavor, aroma, and antioxidants to be released as they unfurl and move freely during the steeping phase. Loose tea leaves can absorb water and expand better in the roomy space that an infuser is going to provide. 

Bagged teas, on the other hand, are composed of finely broken down tea leaves resulting in dust and small particles put inside a limited size sachet filter. This tea form loses most of its oils and aroma since much of these essences for a tasty infusion are lost in the tea itself. The material, shape, and size of the tea bag are also considered in serving a full-flavored tea drink. If the mesh filter makes it hard for water and the flavor to pass through. The shape and size of the bags restrict movement, thus produces tea with a weakened quality. 

Loose-leaf tea serves a better flavor but requires more time, tools, and effort to make an infusion. While bagged teas offer inferior quality they definitely provide convenience to brew a cup easily, anytime, anywhere. It's up to you to decide which of these best suits you and your lifestyle. 

The list of top favorite flavored tea blends

The boldness of black

One of the most loved tea flavors is black tea. It presents a bold, rich and malty taste profile with a smokey note that leaves quite an impression on your palate. English Tea Store doesn't just let you guess the taste of a perfect infusion. We let you try out our teas through a sampler-sized Raspberry-flavored coarse-cut, Blackforest-flavored, or Blood orange flavored black teas. This tea type is available in loose tea and tea bags with various flavor profiles for you to indulge in.

Earthy green

This healthy tea type puts forward a grassy and slightly bitter taste in a mild-bodied brew that complements any additional flavors that are added into the blend. Green tea offers a wide variety of tasty infusions ranging from fruity, floral, vegetal and exotic blends. Take pleasure in the traditional green tea variants or go edgy with the delightful effects a cup of mint green tea. Experience the fresh brew of flavored green tea in loose-leaf and bagged form. 

Oolong's unique taste

Oolong tea, as it is, presents a roasted flavor between black and green tea, bearing lightly sweet melon notes to complement the extra layer of fruity, floral, or nutty hints. These tropical-tasting tea blends well with berries, citrus fruits, apples, plums, mangoes, peaches, apricots, mints and even cinnamon sticks. Oolong shares with you the best of both worlds, and English Tea Store is ecstatic to bring them right to your doorstep.  

Treat yourself with the array of flavors available in herbal teas

Check out our wide selection of infused herbal teas. This caffeine-free tea type offers flavorful extracts from tree bark, flowers, leaves, roots, spices, seeds, and fruits. You can expect invigorating collaborations that will surprise your taste buds with every drop. Herbal tea is inherently sweet, making it a perfect taste to go with many other flavors. From the fantastic fusion of spicy and tangy, fruity tastes to the sweet and sour floral blends, herbal teas always guarantees a delicious brew you can drink any time of the day.   

You got to try the taste of chai

The spiced, sweetened blend is the base flavor of chai tea. Tea enthusiasts often relate chai tea's flavor to pumpkin spice or gingerbread and may register the taste of vanilla as an underlying note. Chai tea distinctively projects a naturally sweet and blooming flavor from cardamom. The flavor of chai tea is enhanced when blended with cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, and cloves, giving you the famous chai spice. Chai tea complements several tea types, such as black, green, herbal, and rooibos teas.    

The sweet taste and fragrance of chamomile

Savor the smooth sensation of a chamomile-blended tea. This exquisite floral-flavored earthy tea has subtle hints of apple and honey-like sweetness you'll enjoy from the very moment this tea touches your lips. Chamomile tea produces a golden liquid that encourages a calming feeling in the body and can be used to induce sleep. Its aroma and taste put forward a relaxing feeling to get you past a hard day's work and stress.

Savor the delicious taste of fruit-flavored tea

Teas are more refreshing when blended with different fruit-flavored mixes. You can see many options of fruit-tasting tea blends in the market available in loose-leaf and in tea bags. These teas are highlighted with the delicious flavors of lemon, oranges, strawberries, wild blueberries, cherries, peaches, apricot, apples, passion fruit, pomegranate, mangoes, and other fruits too. Fruit teas are widely used to add finishing touches to black, white, green, and herbal teas. These fruits' vibrant taste will match the strong or light brew of your preferred base tea. It is no wonder why fruit-flavored teas are a success in the tea industry nowadays, especially among young tea drinkers. Fruity teas bring a youthful feeling relished from a cup and are experienced by all tea lovers regardless of age. 

What is the best and most popular tea flavor for hot and iced infusions?

While everybody has their own flavored tea on their list, surely a cup of mint tea is one of their favorites. Mint tea is known as the most popular flavored tea in the world and can be served hot or cold. Its striking fragrance and cool, soothing taste share a calming sensation with the mind and body, perfect to relieve stress, anxiety, and depression. Lucky for you, the English Tea Store has a wide selection of mint tea variations for you to choose from. Well, what are you waiting for? Shop at the English Tea Store today and see our great lineup of tea and tea products.

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