So you’ve taken a shining to fruit tea, have you? But not just any fruit tea, the type of fruit tea that is normally blended with another tea such as White, Green, Black and the list goes on.
The world of fruit teas is huge and it can honestly take a hell of a time going through all of them, after all there are so many different combinations that it could possibly take you an entire lifetime to go through them all.
First of all, which tea is a great partner for fruit?
And second of all, what is the brewing time and such for these combinations?
Number one; in my opinion all teas can be made a great partner for fruit, but it of course all depends on the person drinking the tea.
If you want a strong and robust flavor, you want the fruit to be almost masked and just subtle enough to taste, there are a few choices. I would go with a strong Keemun, Assam black tea.
If robust is not your ‘cup of tea’ so to speak (I know, I should stop with the puns) then I would mix or buy a blend that is mixed with a mild Assam or Ceylon (which is already quite fruity to begin with I believe) can provide the best mix of fruit-tea that can be created. But I also realize some of you may not like black teas mixed with your fruit; Green teas, though they can mask the flavor if mixed with a Dragonwell or Gyokuro, are usually a lot milder as well as White tea.
Rooibos teas are also a great option, though you can expect the flavor to be masked a bit by the flavor of the Rooibos since it is normally quite strong. Pu-Erh, given that it is aged can either bring out the best or worst in fruit, so it is honestly a touch-and-go with that sort and lastly, a Yerba Mate can be a wholesome favorite. Yerba is a strong, herbaceous taste and can, if properly blended, really give an extra jolt of wonder to any fruit, but proper blending is crucial otherwise you may get something too strong.
My personal favorite is Oolong; an Oolong can be the perfect blend between Black and Green tea and no matter what is is blended with, it can usually end up being delicious.
Now onto the second part; what about the brewing and what about the fruit? Brew blends just like you would brew the regular tea, only because fruit teas take a little longer for the full flavor to come out (remember, they’re dried so you need to really put in a lot of moisture!). The fruit is another biggy; some fruits such as pomegranate, blueberry and hibiscus can take a longer time to steep, but other teas such as apple, banana, orange peel or such berries can take a lot less of a time.
All in all, fruit teas can be beautiful and delicious, what with their bold colors and even bolder flavors. But you have to be prepared to hunt around a little bit to find the tea that best matches your palette (sadly nothing comes easy in life). So go out there and scope it out!