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Tea Flavors: Not Just for Beverages Anymore

Posted: September 15, 2008

A drink of history and tradition, tea continues to be consumed by many around the globe today. Tea, at its most basic, comes in four types: black, green, oolong and white. However, the drink has certainly evolved to see more unique flavor blends. Studies linked to the drink’s consumption and its health benefits have prompted numerous individuals to increase their intake of tea, especially in Western nations. Aside from its standard offering as a beverage, manufacturers and restaurants have recently introduced tea in other original formats.

Novel Flavor Combinations

Teas carry a wide range of flavors and blends, some of which are very strong in taste and others less bold and lighter. While established blends in North America such as Earl Grey, English Breakfast and Darjeeling are most visible in the tea group, other variants with exotic ingredient combinations have appeared for a more flavorful appeal.

In Germany, an all-natural tea called Alnatura Chili Kakao Tee launched as an interesting combination of both sweet and spicy herbal blends. This tea’s ingredient list contains a mixture of cocoa peel and cinnamon, with chili, fennel, ginger, licorice and peppermint extracts. For those consumers craving a tea with an awakening kick, Chili Kakao Tee’s “aromatically-fiery taste” best fulfills their needs.

Unconventional Applications