The art of tea blending (and tea brewing) is an ancient tradition that’s been modified through time as our experience with tea changes. And the beauty of tea is that there are so many flavors to enjoy and ways you can blend the perfect tea.
Keep reading to learn how to mix and make your own unique teas. This is tea blending 101!
What Is a Tea Blend?
First things first, before you reach the flavor-filled liquid most people know as tea, there is the leaf. It all starts with a leaf- or an herb or flower. A tea blend is a combination of various tea leaves, dried herbs, or dried floral elements.
A standard tea blend will contain at least two unique ingredients (for example, chamomile and green tea leaves). However, you can achieve some very deep, rich, complex flavors with three or more elements.
English Breakfast and Earl Grey are probably two of the most common and popular tea blends in the USA. They pack a bold, simple flavor that is pretty safe on all palettes.
It should also be noted that the ratio of ingredients you use will directly affect how the tea tastes.
How to Make Your Own Tea Blends
So, you know what tea blending is, and now you want to make your own tea at home. Before you get started, you’re going to need to grab a few tools.
You will need:
- Your choice of loose-leaf tea
- Small bowl
- Tea infuser or filter
Using loose-leaf tea is important. If not, you’ll have to grind it yourself with a mortar and pestle. The good news is that you can buy loose-leaf tea almost anywhere. It’s a standard. (Don’t buy tea bags.)
Measure and Combine
Now comes the actual tea blending part. First, grab the scale. You’ll need to measure out a total amount equal to about 2 or 2.5 grams. This ensures it won’t be too overpowering, and you won't waste as much if you don't like what you created.
You can measure out however much you desire of each loose-leaf tea you chose. Once you’ve finished measuring, give the blend a toss with your spoon or hand. Ensure it is mixed well.
It is actually a great idea to document how much of each ingredient you measured. Write down what ingredients you used, how much, and the total grams. That way, you can replicate the same tea blend again in the future.
Infuse and Enjoy
You’ve blended a unique tea to sip and enjoy, so grab your mug and loose-leaf tea infuser! Carefully spoon or pour the mix into your infuser and let it steep in hot water. The longer you let it steep, the stronger it will taste.
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