on Thursday, October 20, 2011 9:37:00 PM
We often get asked what the difference is between scented tea,
flavored tea, and blended tea. In this quick post I will highlight the
Scenting tea is a traditional process where fresh
flowers are added to dry tea leaves so that the tea leaves can absorb
the flavor from the flowers. Typically this process is done in a big
bamboo canister and the flower/tea mix is allowed to sit overnight so
the tea can absorb the full flavor. Then this process is completed 3-5
more times to give the tea a rich and natural floral note.
tea is created by mixing tea leaves either with extracts,
nature-identical flavors, or artificial flavors. The difference between
these three types of flavors is that an extract is essential oil that is
actually extracted from living flowers/plants, whereas nature-identical
flavoring is a chemically created compound that is chemically identical
to an extract, and artificial flavoring is a chemically altered version
of a nature-identical flavor typically designed to reduce costs.
tea is a mixture of tea leaves and other herbs, flowers, or dried fruit
bits. For example, a famous blended tea would be tea mixed with
Of course, a certain tea can also use a combination
of the above process. Many large scale producers of jasmine, for
example, will scent tea 1-2 times with jasmine flowers and then flavor
the tea with jasmine oils to complete the process.
Here at Shang
Tea we utilize both scenting and blending to create some of our teas.
For example we use a scenting procedure to produce our jasmine teas, pao
blossom tea and tangerine blossom tea. We scent our tea 6 times with
jasmine flowers, and 4 times with pao flowers and tangerine blossoms to
produce the rich floral taste that you receive with these teas. We also
have white tea blends, called honeysuckle white tea, orange blossom
white, and chrysanthemum white, where we mix in these herbs with our
white peony king tea. Check out our whole selection of teas here.