Blending tea in the home kitchen is the best way to put together domesticity and taste. With little planning and a sense of proportion, you can make personalized loose leaf tea blends. Experimentation over time produces good loose leaf tea blends as the outcome, and is the perfect alternative to routine and commercial tea, with added ingredients both from the grocery and the back yard.
Making tasty home blends needs basic knowledge of tea and taste. Preliminary research for a complete beginner would include familiarizing oneself with various kinds of tea each having its own taste, style, niche and aroma. Having acute senses would go a long way in letting one become an expert blender. Making detailed notes of what aromas you smelt and what tastes you could trace goes a long way in deciding the ingredients of popular tea leaf blends.
For instance, Asian Orange chicken and Oolong tea go extremely well together, which hints at Oolong being good with any citrus additive. Additives can be put in various ways, which can range from something as simple as popping in a slice of Orange or something as meticulous as drying a fruit in the sun and collecting its powder essence. Black tea is usually the best base for a spicy hint, such as a dash of cinnamon or cloves. More so than all other endeavors, loose leaf tea blending takes time and needs experience before one begins striking out perfect proportions.
Making notes of what works and what doesn't help you go a long way in improving your blending skills. Honing your skills and jotting down your ideas keeps you positively motivated. A careful note of successful blends shall add pages upon pages to your leaf blend encyclopedia, which you can refer to, while throwing a party or blending for an occasion.
Many things can be added to tea to add flavor to it. Drying by dehydrating under the sun or by other artificial procedures is an absolute must if there are any plans of storing the blend, for the moisture shall spoil the ingredients otherwise. Fruit flavors are usually made out of dehydrating fruits like apples, pears, peaches, lemons, mangoes and other fruit. A host of spices can also be added to enhance the taste of the blend, like cinnamon, ginger, cloves and all spice.
Flower petals give rise to a rich and novel taste, thereby making the tea assume freshness. Chamomile, calendula, rose and lavender are various flowers that can stimulate your taste buds. Fragrant herbs like mint have a very soothing effect on the body and mind. By taking care that the added ingredients do not cause allergies, one can reap the benefits and the taste it without any setbacks. Leaf blends indeed are the best way to add flavor and make it interesting!