My tea Guru friend, Spautz, often blends. I, on the other hand, am a blending novice. Tips and other blending info would be much appreciated.
This thread also inspired by Cofftea’s profile.
Awww! I feel loved! Check out designatea.com. They give you free samples of any two blends you create.
Oh, goodness, please don’t. I just drank my two samples today and they were horrible. :-(
shrug I’ve logged mine, and there’s one more blend from that brand logged. People can make their own decisions.
Why do you keep recommending products that it appears you haven’t tried?
Yep, when I suggest something that I haven’t tried, I make it clear that I haven’t tried it.
I’m interesting in hearing what people blend when they blend.
Mine is a just a pure and basic love for combinations lol. I’m that way w/ my cooking too- especially pizzas. I put EVERYthing I like on the same pizza.:) Blending tea, food, and other drinks is my only bit of creativity I have.
I’m not much for blending, but my husband is. He just opens up random cans of tea, smells them, and eventually mixes a couple together.
One of the blends he created we make often enough that I listed it as a custom blend here (we’re both originally from SC, so if you like southern sweet tea, you’ll probably like it):
I’ll look through my cupboard and see what else he’s done…
All of the following are from Teavana:
Raspberry Riot Lemon Mate – 2 parts
Utopian Jewel – 1 part
Tahitian Limeade – 1 part
made as an iced tea
I only blend herbal teas, and occasionally black tea if it’s poor quality. Nearly all of my blends have a rooibos-ish base (red rooibos, green rooibos, and/or honeybush,) to which I add something lighter — mint, lemongrass, chamomile, fruit peel, etc.
Dragonwell with dried ginseng roots
Oolong with a hint of Assam
Oolong with camomile blossoms
Assam/ Ceylon…throw in some rose buds
Silver Needle with lavender
…let me know if you want more ideas or a certain idea more specific
Don’t go over 3 ingredients otherwise it gets ludacris…( nothing against suggestions from other steepsters…peace)
i just blended Bigelow Tea’s Cinnamon Stick with Kimicha’s organic Lychee Peach Black tea. my motivation was twofold: 1) the cinnamon tea is quite weak & needs a boost; 2) i had a small amount of the lychee peach leftover. it’s a strong tea. i thought its peachyness would go nice with the cinnamon & i was right. another time i added orange peel to a black assam; & i often make a blend of David’s organic Lapsang Souchong Star with lavender to add a sweet taste to the smokiness. mostly i blend to juxtapose flavours or to bolster a weaker teat. i’m a neophyte though, so any tips, tricks or blendings offered would be appreciated.
Denisend ~~ The sweet tea blend sounds yum!
GreenTeaSteve is Spautz that I mentioned in the OP.
I have been blending over at Adagio the last few months…my Absolutely Bold Morning Brew is the one I have sold the most of so far and was ranked #2 for this month last week (it has moved since then, however). I have logged a few on steepster but actually have yet to purchase the one that is ranked the highest from the 25 I have blended! LOL
You create a blend and others buy it? Sweet! We need a thread for blends created by Steepsterians.
Yes! Check this out!
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I blend flavored ceylon teas, and sometimes include preblended blacks in the mix. I was inspired by some of the local tea houses, and wanted to figure out a way to get the same flavor blends at home. I usually do 1 part to 1 part in equal amounts. If it’s just me, I do 1 heaping teaspoon of each.
Earl Grey Raspberry
Earl Grey Strawberry
Earl Grey Chocolate
I try not to blend flavored ceylon when I want a strong tea because the ceylon is lighter, so it would make the overall tea lighter. Mostly the blending has worked really well for lighter afternoon teas.
I love blending my own teas together. Especially herbals with blacks, greens, and/or whites! I like to do it by smell or strength of the herbal/tea. For instance, I use Adagio’s Lemon Grass to blend with greens. If I want more of a citrus flavor, I add more lemon grass. I recently blended Pi Lo Chun (60%) and Lemon Grass (40%). I also like lemon grass with Houjicha. I blend hot or cold. :D
I have so many teas… I just let my creative side go! I just try not to put two strong teas together, unless the ratio is 9:1 or something like that…
Ohh, that’s helpful. I hadn’t thought to put herbals with teas to make flavored tea blends. Thanks oO!
I’ve been thinking about this this morning and I think greens and some herbals will go really well together. I just might be brave enough to blend.
Thought I’d resurrect this older thread on blending.
Especially liking the two ingredient blend list above. Ideas on how to give a black, green, oolong etc, just a touch of something else…
Have you tried experimenting on Adagio. There are tons of teas, and you can even see what people have mixed with their teas when you look at each tea. They have a ton of flavored teas, and you can find their ingredients there, but a lot of people make their signature blends with the unflavored teas.
If you want to enhance your teas yourself, you should first figure out what taste notes you like in your unflavored teas so you can focus and improve on them. Most oolongs are more floral, so you might add light fruit flavors. Black teas are maltier so they can compete better with stronger fruit flavors or spices. At the same time, you should consider what ingredients will cover or mask flavors you might not like in your base tea. If you don’t like the bitter taste of an assam, you could add vanilla or cinnamon.