Tea has a vast variety of flavor profiles depending on where it comes from. You can taste differences between countries, regions, and even between neighboring tea gardens. By not adding anything to your tea, you can enjoy the subtle differences each tea offers. Check out our post on recommended steeping times for bringing out the best in each tea.
The addition of sugar, honey, or other sweetener can enhance the flavors found in some teas, and in some cases create a new taste altogether. Add sugar to mint tea and it can "up" the feeling of refreshment. Add sweetener to Chai and you've got a lovely dessert!
3. Milk or Cream
Do you prefer a more rich flavor to your tea? Adding milk or cream makes the tea taste "heavier" and can also aid in cutting out some of the "tannic" taste found in black teas. Just be careful not to add milk to fruit teas, as the acid from the fruit can cause the milk to curdle.
Typically lemon is enjoyed as an addition to black or Earl Grey teas. The citrusy taste can add a nice kick to your plain black without adding any calories, and joins nicely with the Bergamot flavor found in Earl Grey. It is also widely enjoyed in Iced Tea.
Iced Tea is an American favorite. While plain black tea is the most popular, almost any tea can be enjoyed iced. Whether it's brewed strong with the addition of cold water and ice or mixed with milk and ice to create a tea "frappucchino," you can find as many ways to enjoy iced tea as you can hot!
Dezerai Seitzer is the owner and founder of Global Teas, a retail line of tea that gives people the opportunity to help change lives by donating $1 from every pouch of tea sold to a non-profit organization.