Teas are often blended with other teas and/or herbs, flowers, spices or even grain to create a “better” final product. Purists will say that blends are just a way to hide the lack of flavor in inferior teas but, when done properly, blending tea can create an amazing beverage with great nuance of flavor. And some blends, created by an accident of circumstance, became so popular that they now rank among the world’s most loved beverages.
Earl Grey – One of this tea’s origin legends tells of a gift of Chinese black tea to Earl Charles Grey in the 1820s was on a ship which also picked up Bergamot limes from Italy. Packed alongside each other, the Bergamot lent its flavor to the tea and a new favorite was born.
Moroccan Mint – An English trader, unable to sell his China Gunpowder tea in Crimea due to a war, landed in Morocco and sold it there. Locals, long used to drinking a hot mint tea, mixed the black tea with the mint and created a new beverage which millions of people now drink on a daily basis.
Indigo has a great range of blended teas and also creates unique blends for our wholesale customers (the restaurant GINGER serves three fantastic ginger based blends from Indigo). When done properly, using top-notch ingredients, a blend can bring out the best in all the ingredients and create a superior drink.