How To Describe The Tea You Drink

As you may know, the best way to judge tea, is through its taste. But there are more ways to describe tea than using just words like “yum,” “mmmm,” and “ahhh.” The tea that you taste can be described as sour and sweet to spicy and earthy. Most teas matches its description like Creamy Caramel or Sweet Lemon, which makes it easy to identify the taste before even tasting it. So if you are looking for a specific taste for your next cup of tea, we have listed popular teas for each term.  

Tea Flavor Terms

Zesty - appealingly piquant or lively. Zesty Lemon

Spicy - flavored with or fragrant with spice. Spicy Chai, Organic Coconut Turmeric Spice, Apple Spice

Vanilla -  a sweet and creamy flavor. Decaf Black Vanilla, Vanilla With Rooibos, Black With Vanilla

Sweet - a rich sugary taste sometimes without the presence of sugar but natural sweetness. Sweet Strawberry Ginger, Sweet Lemon, Berry Fig

Fruity - resembling or containing fruit with a natural flavoring. Blueberry/Blackberry, Strawberry Rose, Strawberry Raspberry Rhubbarb

Sour - having an acid or tart like taste. Cherry Sencha

Citrusy - having the flavor or smell of lemons, limes, or oranges. Tangy and tart taste. Black With Orange, Organic Turmeric Citrus Zing

Creamy - having the rich taste or thick, smooth texture of cream or vanilla. Black With Vanilla, Creamy Caramel

Earthy - resembling or suggestive of earth or soil. A fresh and organic taste.  Assam Khongea, Holy Detox

What’s just as good as tea’s taste is its smell because first impressions are everything, right? The smell of tea differs when dry and while wet. No matter the tea, the leaves should be fragrant when dry. If not, you should be concerned and question its quality. See below for terms that describe the aroma of tea.

Tea Smell Terms

Light - a subtle and airy fresh smell. Jasmine Mint, Organic White Peony

Fresh - purified and clean smell; light and airy. Organic Peppermint, Ginger Fresh

Bright - A lively, clean style that refreshes the palate. Organic Huang Shan Green, Lemon Basil Oolong

Clean - Indicates purity of flavor and an absence of any off-tastes. Jasmine Mint

For more help on finding the perfect tea come in-store to smell some of our teas before you buy. For online orders, we also include free tea samples for you to taste new teas! We are sure you will find a tea that matches your mood. Visit our website to explore: