How to Create Your Own Tea Blends?

Crafting your own tea blends is an art that requires patience and careful consideration of the flavors in teas, spices, fruits, herbs, and other ingredients. It’s important to take the time to become familiar with each step and develop a level of comfort before diving into your blending experiments like a “mad scientist” in the kitchen.

Step 1. Get to know your ingredients

Creating a tea blend is a meticulous process that involves tasting, re-blending, and experimenting until you find the perfect combination of flavors. It’s important to indulge your palate and explore various teas before embarking on tea blending. This will give you an idea of what each tea tastes like and how it can be effectively paired with other ingredients.

Before you start blending, you should be familiar with the taste, sight, and pairings of the ingredients that go into a tea blend. Some teas or herbs may not pair well with certain fruits or other teas. Below, we have outlined some ideal pairings for teas, herbs, spices, and infusions:

  • Tea Base: The foundation of your tea blend, which sets the tone for what type of pairings you will add. The tea base is a true tea (black, green, oolong, yellow, or white).
  • Infusions: Elements added to the tea base to flavor it, enhance it, and marry it to any added herbs. Infusions can include dried/fresh fruit/fruit peel, essential oil, artificial flavoring, cacao nibs, or chocolate.
  • Herbs: Different herbs have various dimensions of flavor, and it’s important to explore them before using them in your blend. When tasting an herb, ask yourself if it complements the overall tea or fights against it. Herbs can be dried or fresh (leaves, whole plant, plant parts, or flowers). It’s best to taste the herb in both forms.
  • Use Caution with Herbs: It’s important to research potential side effects, adverse reactions, and toxicity before adding herbs to your blend. This is especially crucial if you have any medical conditions, are taking medications, undergoing chemotherapy, or are pregnant or nursing. Be aware that there are hundreds of herbs documented as having potential harmful side effects/adverse reactions.
  • Spices: These add layers of flavor to tea blends. Before adding spices, become well acquainted with their taste. Spices can be dried or fresh.

Step 2. Understanding How Tea Blends Align with Seasons and Mood

Have you ever noticed how our tea preferences change with the seasons and our moods? During fall and winter, we tend to crave teas that are nutty, warming, and spicy, while in spring and summer, we opt for fruity and floral blends.

Below, we’ve broken down our tea blends by season, mood, flavor profile, tea base, infusion, herbs, and spice. This guide will help you choose the perfect tea to suit your needs, no matter the time of year.

Fruity Blends

  • Season: Spring, Summer
  • Mood: Happy, Optimistic
  • Flavor Profile: Citrus, Berry, Melon, Apple, Pear, Sweet, Floral
  • Tea Base: Assam, Ceylon, Darjeeling, White, Yellow
  • Infusion: Dried/Fresh Strawberry, Apple, Peach, Pear, Pineapple, Orange, Lemon Peel, Bergamot
  • Herbs: Chamomile, Lemon Verbena, Mint, Cornflowers, Lemongrass
  • Spice: Sumac

Floral Blends

  • Season: Spring, Summer
  • Mood: Melancholy, Romantic, Content
  • Flavor Profile: Floral, Sweet, Citrus
  • Tea Base: Oolong, White
  • Infusion: Dried/Fresh Peach, Pear
  • Herbs: Jasmine, Hibiscus, Rose Petals, Rosehip, Cornflowers, Elderflower, Lavender (Note: Lavender is very strong and does best on its own without anything else added.)

Nutty Blends

  • Season: Fall, Winter
  • Mood: Craving, Nesting, Solitary
  • Flavor Profile: Nutty
  • Tea Base: Genmaicha, Dragonwell, Rooibos
  • Spice: Nutmeg

Spicy Blends

  • Season: Fall, Winter
  • Mood: Feisty, Craving, Festive
  • Flavor Profile: Hot, Warm
  • Tea Base: Ceylon, Rooibos
  • Spice: Ginger, Cloves, Anise, Cardamom, Pepper, Nutmeg, Cinnamon Stick

Sweet Blends

  • Season: Spring, Summer
  • Mood: Social, Energetic, Bright
  • Flavor Profile: Malty, Honey, Melon, Fruity, Floral
  • Tea Base: Assam, White, Sencha, Oolong, Rooibos
  • Herbs: Chrysanthemum, Rosehip, Mint, Honeybush
  • Spice: Honey

Fire Blends

  • Season: Fall, Winter
  • Mood: Nesting, Solitary, Quiet
  • Flavor Profile: Cocoa, Smoky, Toasty, Ashy
  • Tea Base: Hojicha, Lapsang Souchong, Ceylon, Raw Pu-erh, Rooibos
  • Herbs: Cacao Nibs
  • Spice: Chocolate Chips, Paprika

Step 3. Equipments For Blending

To start blending tea, you will need some basic equipment, most of which you might already have in your kitchen. Here are the things you’ll need:

  • Shot glass for measuring
  • Measuring spoons
  • Dried fruits, herbs, and spices (if you don’t have access to fresh ones) (Note: You can always use a dehydrator to dry your own ingredients.)
  • Airtight containers to store your blends
  • Base teas like loose-leaf true tea (Assam, Ceylon, Rooibos, etc.)
  • Flavorings

Step 4. Start Blending Your Own Tea

Now it’s time to channel your inner mad scientist! Begin by selecting three of your favorite herbs and experimenting with different combinations of true tea, herbs, fruits, spices, and flavorings until you create a blend that is uniquely your own. If you prefer to play it safe and save time, you can find plenty of tea blending recipes online.

Step 5. Properly Store Your Blend

After blending your tea, it’s important to store it in an airtight container. Be sure to avoid including any moist, wet, or damp particles or items with the tea, as this can cause the tea to become damp and moldy. If you use fresh herbs or fruits in your blend, be careful not to add them directly to your hot tea, as this can also lead to moisture buildup. Instead, enjoy their bright flavors by incorporating them into the blend before storing it properly.

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