Tea and Fruit...the Perfect Marriage
As a Tea Sommelier and online retailer, I am always on the hunt for new and exciting tea blends to offer my customers. I really try to pay attention to the latest trends and my customers' tea interests. What I have found in the last few years is that my tea and fruit blends are overwhelmingly the most popular.
Now just to clarify, tea and fruit blends are the combination of any or all of the following:
- leaves from tea plants
- dehydrated fruit pieces
- fruit botanicals(oils)
- leaves from herbal plants
There are some fruit only infusions that contain no tea leaves whatsoever. These are much different than tea and fruit blends. The mouthfeel is completely different and the steeping time is usually longer.
The alchemy of tea blending is a lot more complex than haphazardly mixing ingredients together. In fact, mastery in this art and science takes a lifetime for many to achieve. Therefore I have to admit that I cringe a bit when I hear people tell me that they want to begin blending teas and herbals using trial and error and no training.
According to Victoria Bisogno, author of "The Alchemy of Tea" there are 10 Golden Rules of Tea Blending:
- Design Rule
- Name Rule
- Harmony Rule
- Tea Primacy Rule
- Nobility Rule
- Planning Rule
- Uniformity Rule
- Integration Rule
- Stabilization Rule
- Continuous Improvement Rule
If chosen carefully and expertly blended, fruits can be the perfect accompaniment to a variety of tea types. The trick is balancing the flavors and not letting the fruit notes overpower the base tea or herbal. The tea or herbal should ALWAYS be the shining star in the blend.
Whenever you are tasting tea and fruit blends, be sure that the flavor and aroma notes are tea first, fruit second.
Our tea and fruit blends are a the perfect marriage of these ingredients for a couple of reasons.
- One is that our blends contain real botanicals and fruit pieces. Artificial flavors tend to be stronger and overpower other ingredients.
- Two is that our base teas in each blend are of the highest quality. It is very hard to disguise old or substandard tea leaves with fruity flavors.
We have fruit and tea blends that use teas(Camellia Sinsensis) as the base and herbals(other plants such as Rooibos and Honeybush) as the base. This gives a greater variety of options and the ability to choose a blend with or without caffeine.
If you haven't ventured into the world of tea and fruit blends, now is the perfect time to treat yourself to these delightful offerings.