Flavoured Teas

Flavoured teas are made by adding dried flowers, fruits, herbs, spices or essential oils to white, green, yellow, oolong black or dark teas.  The additional flavourings must work in harmony with the teas so that no ingredient is overwhelmed but happily brings its own character to the mix.  Subtle and skilful blending is essential in creating flavoured teas.

Types of Flavouring

There are 3 types of flavouring: natural flavour; nature-identical flavour; artificial flavour.

Natural Flavourings are individual substances with flavouring properties obtained from natural raw materials, such as fruit, herbs, flowers, coffee etc. When we state ‘natural flavour’ in our ingredients list we guarantee that only physical, enzymatic or micro-biological processes have been employed for production, such as squeezing, distilling or fermenting. Examples of teas containing natural flavouring include Lemongrass Twist, Liquorice Mint, Genmaicha and Zanzibar Chai,  

Calendula petals and green tea in small pots
Nature-Identical Flavourings conform 100% with the chemical structure of natural flavourings.  They are not harmful to us.  The flavours are produced by a chemical process such as esterification or acetylation, and the raw materials are not of a natural origin.  There is a broad spectrum of nature-identical flavourings available, and we use them specifically to concentrate flavour and aroma in a more cost-effective way than afforded by natural flavourings. When we state ‘flavour’ in our ingredients list we are referring to nature-identical flavours.   
Example of some Tea by Birdy Teas with nature identical flavouring include: Everyday Tea, Creme CaramelCeylon Orange Blossom, Arctic Fire, Assam Vanilla, Earl Grey, French Earl Grey and Ice Teas.
The majority of ‘scented’ teas available on the market are flavoured this way with the oils being added at the last stage of the tea making process.  The tea is turned in huge barrels and the oils sprayed evenly into the leaves.
Artificial Flavourings have flavour properties but no natural equivalents.   Only 15 accredited artificial flavourings may be added to certain foodstuffs.   Fortunately, they only play very minor role in the food industry.  These artificial flavourings are not used in our any of our teas!
flavoured teas - tea in cups

Popular Flavours of Tea

Fruit-Flavoured Tea - Fruit-flavoured tea is one of the most popular flavoured teas. This type of tea is made by infusing tea leaves with different fruit flavours like peach, strawberry, and raspberry. The resulting tea is fruity and refreshing, making it perfect for a summer day. Some of our most popular fruit-flavoured teas include Champagne Strawberry Tea, Ceylon Orange Blossom Tea and White Tea and Pomegranate.

Floral-Flavoured Tea - Floral-flavoured tea is another popular type of flavoured tea. This tea is made by infusing tea leaves with different floral flavours like lavender, rose, and jasmine. The resulting tea is fragrant and delicate, making it perfect for a relaxing evening. Some of our popular floral-flavoured teas include Australian Dream, Kimono blend and White Tea and Rose.

Spiced-Flavoured Tea - Spiced-flavoured tea is a type of tea that is made by infusing tea leaves with different spices like cinnamon, ginger, and cardamom. The resulting tea is warm and comforting, making it perfect for a cold winter day. Some of our most popular spiced-flavoured teas include Zanzibar Chai Tea and Lemongrass Twist.

Flavoured teas are a great way to enjoy tea. They come in different flavours, and each flavour has its unique taste and benefits. Whether you prefer fruity, floral, or spiced tea, there is a flavour for everyone. Make sure to check out Tea by Birdy for some of the best-flavoured teas in Australia.