Orange Tea Blends: easy guide, top 12 best teas

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Last updated: September 7, 2019 at 10:13 am

Orange tea blends: flavor highlights

Orange teas let you combine the tangy-sweet zest of a citrus drink with your favorite variety of tea base. From full bodied black teas with an aromatic orange edge, to delish green teas and oolongs carrying a cheerful overlay of grapefruit, to caffeine free herbal blends combining rooibos, orange peels, and floral accents, there are countless citrusy beverages on the market.

A little history

To the uninitiated, orange or grapefruit might sound like a rather ‘exotic’ addition to a cup of tea. However, citrus flavored teas have been around for centuries. Classic Earl Greys, for instance, feature black or green tea bases laced with oil of bergamot orange. Centuries before the world’s first cup of Earl Grey tea was brewed, Chinese tea masters were already flavoring their teas with savory citrus fruits.

Tasting notes

Both orange and grapefruit teas are “aromatic and refreshing”, with “complex” flavors that get “more fruity with every steep”. Orange teas have a “sweet scent”, “crisp mouthfeel”, and a “dry finish”. Orange flavored black teas are “smooth and delicious”, both “with and without sweeteners”, while orange flavored rooibos blends are generally preferred for their “naturally sweet and savory” notes. Grapefruit flavored oolongs are “bright” and “tangy”, their savory grapefruit flavors balanced by the woodsy, mineral notes of their oolong base. “Aromatic without being overbearing”, orange and grapefruit teas make for popular morning brews, “reveal unique, interesting notes with every infusion”, and “also make excellent iced teas”.

Tea tips

Pair your orange tea with chocolate, caramel, cream or vanilla to create a smooth, delish cup of goodness. Mint adds a cool, refreshing edge to the tea, especially when iced. As far as sweeteners go, honey enhances the zesty notes of an orange or grapefruit flavored tea. If you’re looking for a caffeine free option, try a rooibos orange blend. Typically, orange and grapefruit flavors get more pronounced by the second or third steep.

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