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Quick Guide to Tea Blending ingredients

Tea Blending

As we introduce our new category for blending ingredients, we thought it might be useful to have a quick guide to the various taste profiles, popular uses and any helpful comments we could make. Below you'll see no less than 28 blending ingredients, so we hope you'll feel inspired to be creative. Have fun!

BLENDING INGREDIENT TASTE MAINLY USED AS NOTES
Bamboo Leaves Smooth, full bodied with herbaceous taste Herbal Infusion or addition to a herbal blend Great interesting leaf shape and colour. Similar to green tea and has full bodied taste - try blending with more neutral taste ingredients such as Sweet Orange Peel or Cornflower Petals for a truly great tasting, vibrant blend.
Calendula Petals Neutral Visual Decoration Fantastic, vibrant colour that will add interest to any blend.
Chrysanthemum Flowers Floral, with long lingering finish Herbal Infusion or addition to a herbal blend Try pairing with a green tea such as Long Jing.
Clanwilliam Rooibos Fruity with sweet notes Herbal Infusion or addition to a herbal blend Really versatile herb used as a base for many herbal tea blends.
Cornflower Petals Neutral Visual Decoration When infused alone creates a slightly blue infusion.
Dried Ginger Root Excellent clean taste with hot ginger finish Herbal Infusion or addition to a herbal blend Great blending ingredient that will add a warmth to any tea or herbal blend.
Egyptian Camomile Fruity with a light floral flavour Herbal Infusion or addition to a herbal blend Apple-like flavour adds a layer of depth to any herbal blend. Try adding Orange Peel or Spearmint.
Green Yerba Mate Vegetative green leaves Herbal Infusion or addition to a herbal blend Contains both high levels of caffeine and antioxidants. Blends well with Peppermint or Spearmint.
Hibiscus Flowers Sweet, honey-like tangy taste, similar to pomegranate or lemonade Herbal Infusion or addition to a herbal blend Popular with the stars like Beyonce! Very versatile blending ingredient which when infused will add a deep, bright burgundy red colour to the infusion.
Honeybush Refreshing and cleansing with hints of honey Herbal Infusion or addition to a herbal blend High in antioxidants, a great blending ingredient to add both interest and taste to a blend.
Jasmine Petal & Flowers Very mild, tending neutral Visual Decoration Will blend well with most teas - particularly as a colour accent.
Lavender De Provence Slightly pungent, distinctive flavour Layer of taste in a blend and visual decoration Versatile blending component that can complement most types of teas. Can be overpowering if used too much, so add in stages and test blend profile regularly.
Lemon Balm Herbaceous lemon notes, slightly dry cup Layer of taste in a blend and visual decoration Works well when added to green tea like Japan Sencha. Try ratio 1 part Sencha to ¼ part Lemon Balm.
Lemon Verbena Slightly dry with hints of sweet lemon Layer of taste in a blend and visual decoration Try blending with a black tea to create a 'lemon' tea.
Lemongrass Sweet, lemon taste without the normal lemon tang Used for its sweet lemon taste but without the tangy flavour normally experienced with lemon. Very popular and versatile blending ingredient for taste but also gives a great visual impact too.
Lime Leaves Strong and sweet citrus notes Layer of taste in a blend and visual decoration Particularly good with black tea blends and Lemongrass.
Linden Flowers Sweet & Fruity with a smooth finish Herbal Infusion or addition to a herbal blend Try blending with other herbal infusions such as Rooibos, Camomile Lemon Verbena.
Liquorice Root Pieces Sweet with anise like character Herbal Infusion or addition to a herbal blend Contains up to 14% naturally occurring sugars so has a naturally sweet character. Blends especially well with Egyptian Camomile and Peppermint.
Mate Green Egyptian Lemon Slightly sweet with palate cleansing Egyptian lemon. Herbal Infusion or addition to a herbal blend Contains Mateine, a derivative of caffeine. Blends well with green tea and other herbals.
Nettle Leaves Dry with a herbaceous finish. Herbal Infusion or addition to a herbal blend Try blending with other herbal infusions such as Yerba Green Mate, Lemongrass, Peppermint or Spearmint.
Peppermint Pungent, cool fresh, menthol taste Herbal Infusion or addition to a herbal blend Distinctive mint taste will add a refreshing layer to any tea or herbal blend.
Pomegranate Peel Refreshing, fruity taste, with a hint of zesty lemon Layer of taste in a blend and visual decoration Great blending ingredient for use with most teas.
Rose Hip Mild and fruity with a slight tangy taste. Herbal Infusion or addition to a herbal blend Packed with Vitamin C, Rosehips are commonly used as a base for herb and fruit infusions.
Spearmint Cool mint and fresh Herbal Infusion or addition to a herbal blend Blend with a Green Gunpowder tea and create your own Moroccan Mint Green tea.
Sunflower Petals Neutral with a light, slightly musty finish Visual Decoration Wonderful vibrant colour to add accent and interest. Will also provide a mild mellow flavour. Try with all types of teas and herbs.
Sweet Orange Peel Very mild, almost neutral character but with slightly tart, citric notes Mainly Visual Decoration & Texture Use sparingly if adding to a tea blend that might be taken with milk - too much orange peel will cause milk to curdle.
Tuscany Rosebuds & Petals A pleasant lingering finish enhanced with light floral notes Mainly Visual Decoration & Texture Wonderful colour and light floral flavour that will add interest to most tea blends.
Wild Rosebuds Pleasant and soothing with soft rose character Herbal Infusion or addition to a herbal blend Visually very appealing and offers any blend a definite rose character.

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