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Tea and Food Pairing 101

Cheese and chocolates are popular items to pair with tea but it can go beyond that! With tea and food pairing you want what is in your cup to compliment what is on your plate. For example, if you're drinking a tea with hints of seaweed, find a similar flavour to match your plate such as steamed green vegetables or even seafood.

Here are some excellent pairings we recommend with the teas from our collection. Please note that when it comes to pairing tea with food there is no right or wrong. It is ultimately all about experimenting with your own flavours you get from a pairing. Have fun!

Our Perfect Everyday Black Tea is a blend of African and Indonesian black teas. It's a smooth and earthy tea that is just what you want to sip on with a savoury snack such as crackers, mixed nuts, popcorn, etc. If you're looking for something to satisfy your sweet tooth, pair this cup of black tea with a chocolate, cream or raspberry cake. Simple but very rewarding.

Our English Breakfast Tea is a blend of three different black teas from Assam, Sri Lanka and Kenya. As a more earthy and malty black tea, this blend of tea is perfect for that barbecue you are throwing together with some friends! Unlike a fruity tea, the qualities from this English Breakfast tea will be best with rich, savoury foods - not sweet. Get out the patties and chicken, and don't forget to roast some bright vegetables too!

Our Earl Grey Tea is a blend of South India and Sri Lanka black teas with orange peel, lemon peel and natural flavouring. An Earl Grey tea stands out because it is blended with bergamot oil. This gives it a citrus flavour that would compliment a fresh summer salad, enough so to even make an Earl Grey dressing. But, because of the fruity essences you may get from this steeped tea, think of pairing it with a sweet dessert. Not only are treats like lemon cakes or cream puffs delicious with a cup of Earl Grey, but the tannins in black tea will also help the sweetness shine.

Our Sencha is a green tea sourced from the Hunan Province. As mentioned before, like wine, cheese is a lovely tea pairing option and while this post is focusing on options outside of that, we can't help but mention the tasty combination that is Sencha green tea and soft, creamy cheeses. So, if you're looking for a dessert to match your green tea, look no further than a cheesecake or carrot cake. But, if we're talking about main meals that will work well with a Sencha, the focus should be on the rich umami flavour. This characteristic matches foods like fish and mushrooms.

Give some (or all) of these options a try with the teas in our shop, but don't forget to think outside of your cup too and let us know if you come up with any other tasty tea and food pairings.



 

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