Tea blending and additives

Tea blending describes the process of blending different teas together to produce a final product. This occurs chiefly with black tea that is blended to make most tea bags but can also occur with such teas as Pu-erh, where leaves are blended from different regions before being compressed. The aim of blending is to create a well balanced flavour using different origins and characters - this also ensures that variation in quality and from season to season can be ironed out. The one golden rule of blending is this: Every blend must taste the same as the previous one, so a consumer will not be able to detect a difference in flavour from one purchase to the next.

There are various teas which have additives and/or different processing than "pure" varieties. Tea is able to easily receive any aroma, which may cause problems in processing, transportation or storage of tea, but can be also advantageously used to prepare scented teas. Tea is usually flavoured in large blending drums and essential oils may be added.

Varieties of blended tea

Breakfast
Generally a blend of different black teas that are robust and full-bodied, and go well with milk. Some flavors are English Breakfast, Irish Breakfast and Scottish Breakfast. ; Afternoon tea : These blends (of black teas) are generally lighter than breakfast blends. Both breakfast and afternoon blends are popular in the British Isles. ; Russian Caravan : A popular blend, Russian Caravan harks back to the days when tea was hauled to Russia from China on camelback. It often contains a bit of smoky Lapsang Souchong, though its base is typically Keemun or Dian Hong. Some also contain Oolong.

Varieties of scented/flavored tea

Jasmine
Spread with jasmine flowers while oxidizing, and occasionally some are left in the tea as a decoration. ; Earl Grey : Usually a mix of black teas, with essence of the citrus fruit bergamot added. ; Lapsang Souchong : This tea is fired over smoking pine needles, which produces a striking smoky odor and flavor. The best varieties are not overwhelmed by the smoke, but retain subtlety and a mix of other flavors. Lapsang Souchong is found in many Russian Caravan blends.

Tea blended with flowers

A variety of flowers are used to flavor teas. The most popular of these include the flowers of the following plants: Lavender, Orchid, Plum, Gardenia, Hibiscus, Chamomile, and Chrysanthemum.
Osmanthus
In China, osmanthus tea (called guì huā chá, 桂花茶) is produced by combining dried Sweet Osmanthus (Osmanthus fragrans) flowers (guì huā, 桂花) with black or green tea leaves in much the same manner the more familiar jasmine tea combines jasmine flowers with tea leaves. The flowers are spread while oxidizing, and occasionally some are left in the tea as a decoration. This flower gives the tea a mild peach flavor. It is the second most popular scented tea (after Jasmine) in China. ; Rose : Spread with Rose flowers while oxidizing, and occasionally some are left in the tea as a decoration. In China, roses are usually used to scent black tea and the resulting tea is called Rose Congou.

Tea blended with herbs

Mint
Usually a mixture of green teas and any variety of the Mint plants. This tea is very popular in the Middle East. ; Touareg : Strong green tea with Nana mint, prepared in desert areas of North Africa and the Middle East.

Flavored Tea

Lychee
Usually a mix of black teas, which has been spread with the husks of the lychee fruit. ; Spiced : Tea such as Indian and Middle Eastern chai, flavoured with sweet spices such as ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, cassia, black pepper, clove, anise, fennel, Indian bay leaf and sometimes vanilla, nutmeg and mace. ; Jagertee : A tea with rum added. ; Genmaicha: A Japanese tea with roasted rice added, and favoured by adherents of a macrobiotic diet.

References

Black tea is more oxidized than the green, oolong and white varieties.

All four varieties are made from leaves of Camellia sinensis. Black tea is generally stronger in flavor and contains more caffeine than the less oxidized teas.
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tea bag is a small, porous paper, silk or nylon bag containing tea leaves for brewing tea. The tea remains inside the bag as the tea is brewed, making it easier to dispose of the leaves – a function which is often made easier by attaching a string with a paper label to the
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Pu-erh, Pu'er tea, Puer tea or Bolay tea is a type of tea made from a "large leaf" variety of the tea plant Camellia sinensis and named after Pu'er county near Simao, Yunnan, China.
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essential oil is any concentrated, hydrophobic liquid containing volatile aroma compounds from plants, which are called aromatic herbs or aromatic plants. They are also known as volatile or ethereal
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English Breakfast tea is a black tea blend usually described as full-bodied, robust, and/or rich, and blended to go well with milk and sugar, in a style traditionally associated with a hearty English breakfast.
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Irish Breakfast tea is a full-bodied, brisk, malty brew. It is a blend of several black teas: most often Assam teas and, less often, other types of black tea. At one time there must have been a decided preference for Assam teas in Ireland but, according to James Norwood Pratt's
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Anthem
Hymn of the Russian Federation


Capital
(and largest city) Moscow

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Camelus
Linnaeus, 1758

Species

Camelus bactrianus
Camelus dromedarius
Camelus gigas (fossil)
Camelus hesternus (fossil)
Camelus sivalensis (fossil)

Camels
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Lapsang souchong
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Type: Black

Other names: Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong,

Simplified: 正山小种, Pinyin: zhèngshān xiǎozhǒng,

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Keemun

Type: Black

Other names: Qimen, , qímén, Qimen Hong Cha
Origin: Qimen County, Anhui Province, China

Quick description: fruity with hints of pine

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Dian Hong

Type: Black

Other names: Yunnan Red or Yunnan Black
Origin: Yunnan Province China

Quick description: Robust and malty, some types are very fine while other are used for blending

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Oolong (Traditional Chinese: ; Pinyin: wūlóng) is a traditional Chinese tea somewhere between green and black in oxidation. It ranges from 10% to 70% oxidation.
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Jasmine or Jessamine (Jasminum) is a genus of shrubs and vines in the olive family (Oleaceae), with about 200 species, native to tropical and warm temperate regions of the Old World. The majority of species grow as climbers on other plants or on structures.
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Jasmine or Jessamine (Jasminum) is a genus of shrubs and vines in the olive family (Oleaceae), with about 200 species, native to tropical and warm temperate regions of the Old World. The majority of species grow as climbers on other plants or on structures.
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Earl Grey tea is a tea blend with a distinctive flavour and aroma derived from the addition of oil extracted from the rind of the bergamot orange, a fragrant citrus fruit.
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Citrus
L.

Species & major hybrids

Species
Citrus aurantifolia—Key lime
Citrus maxima—Pomelo
Citrus medica—Citron
Citrus reticulata—Mandarin & Tangerine

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C. a. subsp. bergamia

Trinomial name
Citrus aurantium subsp. bergamia
(Risso) Wright & Arn.

The bergamot (Citrus bergamia
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Lapsang souchong
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Type: Black

Other names: Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong,

Simplified: 正山小种, Pinyin: zhèngshān xiǎozhǒng,

Traditional: 正山小種, Cantonese (Yale):
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Pinus
L.

Subgenera
  • Subgenus Strobus
  • Subgenus Ducampopinus
  • Subgenus Pinus
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Lavandula
L.

Species

About 25-30, including:
Lavandula abrotanoides
Lavandula angustifolia
Lavandula canariensis
Lavandula dentata
Lavandula lanata
Lavandula latifolia

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Orchidaceae
Juss.

Subfamilies
  • Apostasioideae
  • Cypripedioideae
  • Epidendroideae
  • Orchidoideae
  • Vanilloideae


Orchidaceae, also called the Orchid family, is the largest family of the flowering plants (Angiospermae).
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Prunus

Species
See text.
A plum or gage is a stone fruit tree in the genus Prunus, subgenus Prunus. The subgenus is distinguished from other subgenera (peaches, cherries, bird cherries, etc) in the shoots having a terminal bud and
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Gardenia
Ellis.

Species

See text.

Gardenia is a genus of about 250 species of flowering plants in the family Rubiaceae, native to the tropical and subtropical regions of Africa, southern Asia, Australasia and Oceania.
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Jamaica (IPA /hə.ˈmaɪ.kə/ Anglicized) is a drink, popular in Mexico, Southern California and Central America (
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The name Chamomile or Camomile can refer to any of several distinct species in the sunflower family (Asteraceae):
  • German Chamomile: Matricaria recutita (syn. M.

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Chrysanthemum tea is a flower-based tisane made from chrysanthemum flowers of the species Chrysanthemum morifolium or Chrysanthemum indicum, which are most popular in East Asia.
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O. fragrans

Binomial name
Osmanthus fragrans
Lour.

The Sweet Osmanthus (Latin name: Osmanthus fragrans; also known as Sweet Olive
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ROSE can mean:
  • Remote Operations Service Element, a sub-layer of protocol layer six in the OSI seven layer model. It provides SASE for remote operations.
  • Rush On Seven Episodes, a Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (MMORPG) that takes place on seven planets.

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Touareg tea (also called Tuareg tea or Mint tea) is a flavoured tea prepared in northern Africa and in Arabian countries. Mint tea (in Arabic, شاي بالنعناع, shāy bil n'anā', or more commonly,
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