A self taught "kitchen creative" who loves playing with ingredients, herbs, spices, and flavors to make them sing.
The Art Blending Tea Flavors
Learning how to make your own tea blends is a fun and rewarding way to enjoy your favorite flavors in a whole new way. What do you get when your banana falls into your fresh cup of green tea? You get a homemade tea blend! (and a sticky mess) Well, maybe that isn't your idea of a homemade tea blend but some of the best tea blends are a result of accidental discoveries, and tea lovers world wide are "accidentally" on purpose creating loose leaf tea recipes for their own enjoyment and to share with others.
I thought it would be fun to highlight some of the crazy concoctions and tantalizing tea temptations that people are brewing at home, and give you the opportunity to try out these home made tea blends for yourself.
I recently discovered a tea-licious new section of one of my favorite online tea stores, Adagio Teas. It's dedicated to customers who have created their own tea blends. And in a celebration of delicious sharing fun - you can actually buy these fantastically creative tea blends as well!
Making your own tea blends is fun and easy, so why don't you set aside a few minutes to explore, experiment, and enjoy a little homemade tea with us today.
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What is your cup of tea?
How to Make Tea Blends
The Art of creating homemade loose leaf tea recipes that work
What is so hard about making your own tea blends you may ask? Well, one would think if you throw in a little of this and a little of that to your favorite tea, you'd have a great homemade tea blend. I mean, I love blueberries, so why can't I just put a few dried blueberries into a cup of white tea - sounds like a nice fruit tea blend, right?
It turns out that isn't how tea blending works. The flavor of the tea doesn't actually come only from the dried fruit that you see in a blended batch of tea. The flavor comes from essential oils that are mixed with the tea. In starting my tea blending journey, I discovered a tea artist by the name of John Harney. He has been blending tea for over 30 years and uses a small cement mixer to mix the tea, essential oils, and dried fruit in twenty-five pound batches. He uses a different plastic liner for each blend so the flavors don't mix - now that's dedication.
Twenty-five pounds of tea may be a bit much for you and me but the basics are the same, all you need to make your own homemade tea blends is some essential oils, your favorite loose leaf tea, a few pieces of dried fruit for looks and a way to mix the batch as uniformly as possible. Getting a tea blend that tastes good is the tricky part. But practice makes perfect...
Another option for those of us that don't have the patience to make our own tea blends from scratch is to combine flavored teas - that way, the hard part is done for us. Just mix and match your favorite tea flavors, brew a cup, and you are ready to enjoy! Many online tea stores have wonderful selections of flavored teas - I've suggested a couple of my favorites below. Try them out and make some mighty fine tea blends without all the worry about getting the right essential oil mix.
A Guide to Making Your Own Tea Blends
If you would like to make your own tea blends from scratch the book below comes highly reviewed. (by plenty of people other than myself)
It contains all you need to know to use essential oils and herbs to make your own tea blends, including many a fine homemade tea recipe with fun unique names to try, experiment on and enjoy.
If you love a steamy cup of herbal tea on a chilly morning and would like to learn some tips and tricks of the trade this is a mighty tasty book to add to your collection. It has been my faithful tea making companions for many years.
Try Spearmint Moroccan Twist Tea
A light green tea blend that's perfect chilled on a warm summer day
A wonderful tea blend to try during the spring, summer, and sniffy sneezy season if you celebrate the 'ol alergy season, is Spearmint Moroccan Twist.
A combination of gunpowder green tea, spearmint, and chamomile that will give those allergies the boot. The gunpowder tea is naturally high in antioxidants and the added spearmint and chamomile are natural sniffle fighters as well.
This blend is reminiscent of the popular Spearole tea from Dr. Red Nutraceuticals which is infused with aged green tea extract and polyphenols.
This is a green tea blend that is chock full of goodness both in flavor and health benefits - always a plus in my mind.
Try Gingerbread Man Tea
Nothing like a gingerbread man to bring out the holiday smiles
This is a simple yet wonderful blend of black teas perfect for the holiday season. Gingerbread Man Blend is made from delicious gingerbread tea, a sprinkling of vanilla black tea, and a dash of cinnamon black tea all rolled into one fun and tasty seasonal tea blend.
Of course holiday cookies (and especially gingerbread) wouldn't be complete without milk so adding a touch of milk to this gingerbread tea really makes it sing... and dance and say you can't catch me I'm the gingerbread man... tea.
Christmas Eggnog Tea
Mmm mm eggnog, my favorite holiday drink
The season for eggnog is quite some time off, but you'll know it's time to celebrate when the stores sell eggnog again. There is nothing better than a warm mug of eggnog, well except for maybe a little mug of cold eggnog, I can't decide, on a chilly winter day. (but let's not think about the "W" word right now)
This delightful holiday tea blend is right up my alley - and yours too, if you enjoy the sweet sensation of eggnog. Christmas Eggnog Tea is a blend of vanilla oolong tea, cream and rum - now that sounds like a blissfully sweet tea temptation to me. How about you? Try this Holiday tea blend today and toast one for me, eh? Cheers!
My Favorite Tea Shops and Online Tea Stores
Try a new tea emporium today
Adagio Teas is one of my favorite online tea stores. They have a fantastic site with a huge selection of delightful tea for sale. They also have tons of community based features so you can interact with fellow tea lover's around the world, perfect for discovering great new teas to try. Don't miss my favorite tea chef area for yummy tea recipes and contests.
Teavana used to be a wonderful local tea shop that I would often stop by when I had the chance (for the free tea samples of course). They had a wonderful web site that featured all of their amazing loose-leaf teas sure to tempt your tea-stebuds (ok bad pun - good tea though) If you enjoyed trying new teas, tea blends, gourmet honeys as well as teapots, cups and accessories Teavana was a must see...
Teavana was acquired by Starbucks in 2012 with the plan to make some of the stores into coffee shop style stores, or tea rooms, where you can sit down and enjoy your favorite cup of tea. It sounded like an amazing idea!
Unfortunately it didn't go as well as planned and they shut down all 379 Teavana stores by the end of 2018 and now only sell a few Teavana products. It's a shame to lose such a wonderful world dedicated to the art of tea. R.I.P.
Try Dr. Horrible's Tea of Evil
Tea blend courtesy of Brenda Alvarado
A tea blend perfect for Halloween this festive tea blend will make your fangs bristle with delight!
Halloween is bursting forth from the underworld soon so get ready to tickle your toes with a fearful delight - feel safe (or not so safe) with a devilishly delightful cup of tea.
I first happened upon this dangerous homemade tea blend while researching tea legends for another project, immediately I was bedazzled by Dr. Horrible's Tea of Evil - such a welcoming name if ever I have heard one.
It has been whispered in the dark corners of the tea blending world that this is a "tea as dark as the Dr.'s heart. This black tea is highlighted with berry blues and a hint of vanilla in honor of the frozen yogurt he shares with his love." Comprised of Ceylon Sonata black tea, vanilla, and berry blues this is one tea that will leave you horribly infatuated.
Tea-licious Tea, Teapots and Goodies - Satisfy Your Every Tea Sensation
- Tantilizing Tea Garden
How to make the best cup of tea and other great tea information - including deals on a few of your favorite teas, black tea, green tea, white and every color in between.
Try Pumpkin Gingerbread Cookies Tea!
Now that will sure satisfy your sweet tooth
Let's face it Winter is coming sooner than we'd like but there is nothing better than curling up with a nice sweet batch of pumpkin gingerbread cookies on a cold Winter night - well until now!
This is a unique seasonal tea blend that will satisfy even the toughest sweet tooth critic - why don't you give Pumpkin Gingerbread Cookies a try and let me know if that doesn't tempt your taste buds this coming chilly winter season!
This delicious tea blend is made up of gingerbread, Masala chai and pumpkin spice tea: a winner in my book with Adagio's wonderful Masala chai.
Try Pumpkin Patch Blend Tea
Get in the mood for a delicious Holiday
If your favorite season is Autumn as well - along with turkey, pumpkin pies, and spiced tea! This is a spiced tea blend that goes just as well with Thanksgiving turkey as it does with the Christmas goose (or a quick Chinese takeout so you can get to opening presents faster...)
This Pumpkin Patch Blend Tea is a mighty fine addition to any tea lovers tea cabinet. Made up of a blend of black teas: pumpkin spice tea, orange tea and cinnamon tea this heavenly tea blend is a delightful dandy of a drinkable tea!
The Essentials of Tea Blending
The Story of Tea - A Cultural History and Drinking Guide
If you love tea, and I have a hunch you just may enjoy a cup or two if you happened upon this here page, you'll love this book.
I stumbled upon this fine tea book when I was researching tea for another project. It gives a very detailed, and more importantly, interesting story of the history and culture of tea. This is a wonderful book with engaging text and photos that you'll love for yourself, or better yet thrill those hard to shop for tea lovers in your life.
Don't miss the sections on brewing the perfect cup of tea, the health benefits of tea and of course my favorite cooking with tea - a tea recipe section to satisfy the gourmet chef in you bursting to get out.
Try Mango Passion Iced Tea Blend
A little exotic fruit for a passionate Spring day
Hello Lover's! I can feel it in the air... is that love? Or, maybe I'm just bit by the summer vacation bug. I think everyone could use a little extra passion fruit iced tea as summer hits full swing and we look for something cool and refreshing. Enjoy the sun with this magical mango treat - Mango Passion Iced Tea Blend.
This tea blend will whisk you away on a tropical vacation for the tongue. A combination of Mango tea and Passion fruit tea this blend can be enjoyed hot or cold to give you a little tropical taste of paradise. If you need a little warmth from the inside out, or have a need to cool off from a hot day at the beach this is a good tea blend to have on hand.
Try Valentine's Day Tea
A special tea blend just for two
Now this is one fantastic idea for a Valentine's day gift or a just because I love you gift! Kevin Burg created this fine tea blend for his one and only Jamie (well let's just hope she's the one and only for Kevin's sake) - Valentine's Day Blend is a lovely mix of Earl Grey Bravo black tea, chestnut tea, and a spicy touch of the burgundy-red liquor of Assam Melody tea - a delightful black breakfast tea from Assam India.
Give this delightful tea blend a try, and share in the magic that Kevin has created for Jamie. Hmmm, that sounds a bit voyeuristic maybe you'd better just make your own tea blend next Valentine's Day. If you'd like to make your own Valentine's blend jump to this section for details... how to make tea blends.
How to Make a Great Chai Tea - A Quick and Easy Method of Making Your Own Chai
If you've never tried making your own Chai tea - why not give it a shot. All you need is milk, water and a great loose leaf chai like the scrumptious organic vanilla chai I use below.
Just look at those huge chunks of cinnamon chips, ginger and vanilla beans! The perfect blend of spices to make your own chai tea.
Good Luck, have fun and Enjoy!
Herbal Holiday Remedy Tea Blends
When It's cold season this tea blend will kick that cold in the bum.
This is a great little video about a holistic Herbal tea that is great for those holiday coughs, colds and all around cold weather blues: herbal thyme tea! Now this isn't really a tea blend but I think with a little creative combining it certainly could be - try throwing a sprig of thyme into a hot mug of oolong tea and kapow! A holistic herbal tea blend - now wasn't that easy?
Thyme is super high in antioxidants one of which is thymol which is also high in healthy fats which is great for the brain (studies have shown it protects against age related changes in the brain) Also thyme is high in iron which was a bit surprising to me - one cup of thyme tea gives you nearly 20% of your daily iron. A few other beneficial vitamins and minerals include Vitamin K, manganese, and calcium.
Why hello there! You've made it to the bottom of my curiously custom tea blend article and you know what you have to do now... Leave me a message - and while you are at it why don't you share your favorite blended tea concoction?
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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2008 Rusty Quill
Beeep, Leave Me a Message - Why Not Share Your Favorite Tea Blends
Rusty Quill (author) on February 24, 2014:
@paulahite: Well thank you Paula! That is mighty nice of you - have a tealicious day! :)
Paula Hite from Virginia on February 24, 2014:
Love your lens! Its been featured on our "What's Cooking at Squidoo" Google+ page today! Take a look!
Laura Hofman from Naperville, IL on December 08, 2013:
Now I'm ready for a nice, hot cup of blended tea! Well done lens!
LadyDuck on April 29, 2013:
Beautiful lens and great recipes.
Allison Whitehead on February 13, 2013:
My favourite is Earl Grey but I do like English Breakfast too. The two of these blended is rather nice as well! Blessed.
Bobski606 on November 11, 2012:
Great lens. I used to drink a lot of tea but had to cut back on the caffeine so now I tend to stick with herbal infusions instead. I do miss my morning earl grey though.
crstnblue on August 25, 2012:
Excellent lens! Thanks for sharing!
LynetteBell from Christchurch, New Zealand on May 23, 2012:
Lovely lens. I like strong black tea. Also enjoy Rooibos and Earl Grey
emily potts on April 11, 2012:
Great recipes and a beautiful lens!
bikerministry on January 30, 2012:
Super lens. Thank you and blessings. I love blended teas - need to keep better track of what I mix though. Sometimes I come up with a wonderful flavor and forget what I've done.
miaponzo on December 13, 2011:
I like both blended and regular plain teas :) Blessed!
TopToysForKids on December 06, 2011:
I've never blended my own tea, but Peppermint is my favorite. :) Thanks for a great lens.
ratetea on January 14, 2011:
I love blending my own teas and herbal teas. Usually I either blend all herbs, or I blend herbs with black tea. I often like to mix spearmint, orange mint, and wild bergamot from my garden or my parents' garden with tea. Green, oolong, and white teas I tend to drink on my own, unblended.
RobertoLozano on January 11, 2011:
Have you ever tried Tava green tea ? its awesome and i think you need to review it on your lens :)
lisals7777 on November 30, 2010:
I am a tea lover/addict whether it be hot tea or iced tea. When I make a pitcher of iced tea I often use 2-3 different types of single tea bags - my own version of blending! Really nice, well done lens!
malloryjane on November 06, 2010:
Mmm, I love the idea of blended teas - I've just recently tried a delicious blend in Beijing,which is going to be featured in my lens that I'll be finishing as soon as squidoo gets up and running again! I'll be lensrolling your lens!
RealKidsPhotographer on August 21, 2010:
I love tea, and I really like brewing Sencha green tea in my Japanese teapot, but after reading this lens I may try some more tea blends.
Thanks so much for this lens!
anonymous on October 07, 2009:
I came across your site, I am loving it!
I wanted to let you know the http://www.BluePeopleTea.com is giving away free tea if you sign up for their mailing list!*
oztoo lm on August 13, 2009:
Love this lens. Informative and interesting. Would really like to try that Christmas eggnog blend. Sounds yummy.
Jennifer P Tanabe from Red Hook, NY on July 05, 2009:
Great lens with some really cool tea ideas - 5*. Oh, and love the tea pouring pic! I'll just go make myself a cuppa now!
anonymous on March 02, 2009:
Hi, what a nice lens
I agree that green tea has many benefit for health,
beside made long life for human body it's good
for every people ,every age.
Have Nice day
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mgtidaho on January 10, 2009:
What a great idea to blend you own tea. I love the picture on the top with the moving of the tea.
dc64 lm on December 30, 2008:
I've got some chocolate caramel chai tea just waiting for me to taste it! It sounds like a strange mix of ingredients for tea, but I was just so curious. I'm a little afraid to try it!
LadyT LM on December 28, 2008:
Hi, Some interesting blends. I'm always interested in different flavors. Gonna try some of the ones you highlighted. Great info.
Evelyn Saenz from Royalton on December 07, 2008:
Fancy Nancy and the The Teapot Dragon stopped by for a sip of tea and to wish you Season’s Greetings!
chic_boots on December 06, 2008:
I can't do without my tea. Some really great sounding blends, will have to give them a try.
Chic Boot Zone
faithcreations on December 02, 2008:
Nice Lens! Welcome to the "SHOP AT HOME" group! Faith
CleanerLife on November 28, 2008:
I've been drinking tea regularly for quite a while now, and have tried many different types of teas, but I've never heard of the blends you highlight here. I think many people stay away from trying different types of tea because they've only tried the cheap mass produced stuff they find at their local grocery, but tea comes in so many different flavors and blends, if you take a little extra time to seek them out.
anonymous on November 24, 2008:
Wow - thanks for mentioning a couple of my blends. I'll definitely be try some of the others you highlight!
Mortira on November 04, 2008:
Great lens! I'm more of a coffee drinker, but I do love a nice cup of lemon and ginger tea. 5 stars!
Kerri Bee from Upstate, NY on October 24, 2008:
I love the small of coffee and the taste of tea.
ElizabethJeanAl on October 23, 2008:
Welcome to the Totally Awesome Lenses Group.
VBright on October 21, 2008:
This looks really nice! Good job! I'm REALLY picky about my tea...lol.
Treasures By Brenda from Canada on October 20, 2008:
Great lens! I love tea...you should look up the tea discussion on the boards where everyone talked about their favorite teas!
beeobrien lm on October 20, 2008:
Very nice lens. I like the idea of unusual blends. Cool backgrounds too.
Teacher Adez7 on October 20, 2008:
Very nice! ;)
anonymous on October 09, 2008:
I love tea but it haven't created my own tea concoction, hmm....I'm inspired. What kind of tea would a Fruitfly drink? Any suggestions?
anonymous on September 27, 2008:
Hey Rusty I tried your halloween brew tea and it was very good, thanks for recommending it! I wasn't sure about the orange tea blended with the chai but it was very good.
GregGiordano on September 18, 2008:
I appreciate the great hints on tea blending. Thanks for sharing!
mrsquidoo on September 17, 2008:
Nice Lens! Well written, and it makes me thirsty!
KimGiancaterino on September 17, 2008:
Delightful lens! Welcome to Culinary Favorites From A to Z.
anonymous on September 17, 2008:
Great halloween tea blends you have here I'm in the mood for a nice cup of pumpkin chai now. :)
HealthNuts LM on September 14, 2008:
Great site! I accidentally discovered a "wacky wild tea blend" the other day too by adding pepper to my cup of gunpowder green tea & wood betony instead of my soup....not bad at all, I had seconds :)
tropicalteaco on September 12, 2008:
Great lens, good information!!!!
anonymous on September 12, 2008:
Ah, Rusty you strike again - I absolutely love your writing style, and the wonderful blended teas you have featured - Dr. Horrible's Tea of Evil - I Love it!!