Three Must Have Base Teas For Blends

Some of your favorite tea blends start from three main base teas: Assam, Keemun, and Darjeeling.  You can make your tea experience much better and conserve cupboard space by keeping these teas in stock.

Let’s go over these teas and then we can get to some recipes and customization!

Assam Tea

Assam comes from India and has a rich, malty flavor which is complimented well with milk and sugar.

The version we get is the highest quality T.G.F.O.P (Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe) which is mostly tips.

You will find Assam at the base of many favorites like Earl Grey.

Keemun Tea

Keemun is also known as China Black which is one of the highest quality of teas to come out of China.  Often referred to as the “burgundy of teas” it produces a sweet, liqouring, full bodied, dark red cup.  Keemun also makes a great iced tea and does not cloud easily.

Our Keemun is F.O.P. (Flowery Orange Pekoe) which is a high quality long leaf tea with pleanty of tips.

By itself Keemun is a delicious tea and when combined, as we will see shortly, with other teas it becomes something magical.

Darjeeling Tea

Darjeeling comes from the southern slopes of the Himalayas, which is located on India’s northern border.  It’s delicate floral aroma and a mildly fruity flavor, with a slight astringent nip makes it indescribably unique and delicious.

Our Darjeeling is a high quality T.G.F.O.P. and is considered one of the fanciest of Darjeeling teas.

Blending some classic teas and making them your own

The three most popular breakfast teas are English, Irish, and Scottish and though there are no standard recipes for them we can get a general idea of the ratios.  They have essentially the same ingredients but in differing ratios:

English Breakfast Tea: 2 parts Assam, 1 part Keemun

Irish Breakfast Tea: 2 parts Keemun, 1 part Assam

Scottish Breakfast Tea: 1 part Assam, 1 part Keemun, 1 part Ceylon

An initial way to customize your breakfast tea blend would be to slightly alter the ratios until it is exactly where you want them.  Be sure to make note of this so you can recreate it each time.

Another variation would be to replace the Ceylon in Scottish breakfast tea with Darjeeling.  This would add it’s unique flavor to the blend and help round it out.

 

We made a post a while ago about making Earl Grey Tea and a slight customization.  As we said in that article Earl Grey is a black tea base with bergamot essential oil.  Though Assam is the primary tea used in Earl Grey, Keemun and Darjeeling make excellent substitutions.

I love mint tea as it is great for clearing sinuses, treating indigestion, and it’s just plain tasty.  Sometimes I really want a little caffeine kick with it so adding peppermint or spearmint to Assam or Keemun does just the trick.  The mint is also naturally a bit sweet so adding sugar or other sweeteners is not necessary.

Keemun is our go to for making iced tea which is great on it’s own but you can take it up a notch by adding fresh fruit slices while you are brewing it.  You can also customize your cup by brewing it straight and adding some of your favorite fruit juice to your glass and blending in the tea until it’s just right.

Assam, Keemun Congou, Nilgiri Tea

Today’s tea blend features the rich nuttiness of Assam, full bodied sweetness of Keemun Congou, and the floral citrus notes of Nilgiri.  We always want you to feel comfortable making your own blend so it is really fun for us to try some new things to get those creative juices flowing.

If you come into our shop today you will be rewarded with a wonderful combination of Frankincense and Rose hydrosols as well as some lemon essential oil.  Some have asked what you can do with a hydrosol and this is one of the great uses as it will impart much more aroma from your diffuser without being over powering by potentially using too much essential oil.

Assam T.G.F.O.P with Galangal root Tea

Our tea today is Assam T.G.F.O.P. with a little bit of Galangal root.
Assam is a full-bodied tea from India with rich malty notes.  T.G.F.O.P. stands for Tippy, Golden, Flowery, Orange, Pekoe which we love saying because how often do you get to call something Tippy, Golden, and Flowery all in the same sentence?
Galangal is a root closely related to ginger, though it has it’s own very unique flavor and shares similar healing properties.  This is a mild stimulant as well as an anti-inflammatory and is one of the spices that is commonly referenced for fighting cancer.

We also have our weekly infusion which uses Horehound, Hibiscus, Lemon peel, and Stevia.  This is a little bitter, a little sour, and a little sweet but it’s not a cocktail.  We formulated this to help you with that Winter crud that likes to go around so come get a sample to help you fight off the nasties throughout the day.  If you want to brew some at home let us know and we can package up the herbs for you.