Beginner’s Guide to Four Classic Blends
Tea blending became popular in the 1800s as teas grown in countries besides China became available. Indian and Ceylonese black teas were often blended to suit the taste of customers at such shops as Twinings on the Strand in London.
America’s taste for tea blends has been heavily influenced by the British market. Although our thirst for independence has brought about a more adventurous attitude toward tea in recent years, many of the most popular blends found on American tea menus remain flavored by British tradition. When it comes to blending, there are no standardized recipes. Every tea purveyor creates blends to suit their palate and the tastes of their customers.
Here is my beginner’s guide to four classic blends that are commonly found on both sides of the Atlantic.