Have you ever wanted to make your own tea blend?
With the tagline "your tea. your way.", I really tried to make it easy to have your tea, your way. Which is why you can make your own tea blend directly on the site.
Every custom blend is handcrafted per order, if I feel your tea could use a change, I will email you my taste notes and suggestions. You may take my suggestions, or not, it's totally up to you.
Making my own custom tea blends is why I started BlendBee in the first place. I couldn't find the tea I was looking for on the shelves so I decided to make my own blends. Now you can too!! To make your own tea blend, go directly to the Custom Tea section.1st. select which size you would like:
- Sample, 1 oz - 10-15 cups yield
- 1/8 lb, 2 oz - 20-30 cups yield
- 1/4 lb, 4 oz - 40-60 cups yield
- 1/2 lb, 8 oz - 80-120 cups yield
ALL our ingredients are organic or wild-crafted unless it is marked otherwise.2nd, choose your tea base (or you can go all herbal):
- Avoid choosing too many tea types in one blend (ie. white tea, rooibos & jasmine green tea). You will lose the flavor of these exquisite teas. Sometimes, less is more. Keep the teas to 2 maximum. Again this is just a suggestion, we won't judge you if you decide to have all 8 ingredients different teas (I may email you though).
What types of teas can you choose from? Black, green & white, and red.
- All of our black, green and white teas are premium and/or organic, they also all contain caffeine unless otherwise noted. For a non-caffeinated tea base choose rooibos or decaffeinated green tea
- Choose a Black tea for a full-bodied robust flavor profile. Exception would be Earl Grey which has a very distinct flavor of bergamot.
- Choose a Green Tea for a more bright, grassy and astringent flavor profile. Exception is Jasmine green tea which has jasmine oil, making it a very floral blend.
- Choose Rooibos for a deep rich earthy tone.
Caffeinated black tea bases
- Rich, full-flavored with malty undertones, great for increased energy and mental clarity.
- Light body with a slight sweetness, great for increased energy and immune system.
- Bergamot infused ceylon tea, great for heart health and strengthening immune system.
- Medium body with a light sweetness, great for boosting metabolism and oral health.
Caffeinated green, white, and maté bases
- Astringent with plum-like sweetness "precious eyebrow", high in antioxidants and anti-aging properties.
- Hearty, strong and crisp full-flavor, anti-inflammatory and boosts metabolism.
- Floral jasmine oil infused chunmee green tea, high in antioxidants and heart healthy.
- Young leaves, delicate, fresh and light, great for healthy skin and high in anioxidants.
- Rich and earthy with grassy finish, provides lasting physical and mental energy.
Caffeine free tea bases
- Rich, smooth and earthy, great for healthy skin and rich in minerals.
- Mild with vegetal characteristics and caffeine free using CO2 process, good for digestion and gut health. (not pictured above)
After choosing your tea base, now you can add complimenting flavors. What kind of flavor are you after?
Chamomile, lavender and/or rose buds are all unmistakable ingredients in any tea blend for a strong floral punch. Marigold has a very mild and mellow flavor profile. Add marigold solely for looks and benefits.
- Chamomile: Earthy with hints of apple and floral sweetness, great for menstrual pain and relaxation.
- Lavender: Pungent, floral and earthy, nourishes skin and promotes relaxation.
- Marigold: Mildly earthy and floral, anti-inflammatory, nourishes skin, hair and nails.
- Rose buds: Bright and floral, improves digestion, blood circulation, nourishes skin, and uplifts mood.
We love that a flower is our fruitiest of ingredients, and one of our favorites to add to make a bright, tart and berry like blend. Hibiscus!! For mild fruity flavor you will go with elderberries, rose hips, coconut, lemongrass, lemon peel and orange peel. They are mild, so if you're looking for a flavor pop, add one of our organic flavor extracts.
- Coconut: Rich, creamy and mildly sweet, nourishes skin, boosts immune system, heart-healthy.
- Elderberries: Wild-crafted rich, tart and buttery, soothes throat, anti-inflammatory, calms stress.
- Hibiscus: Bright and tart with beautiful crimson hue, lowers blood pressure, helps with menstrual cramps and depression, aids digestion and helps with weight management.
- Lemon Peel: Mild lemon profile, rich in antioxidants, strengthens immune system and heart-healthy.
- Lemongrass: Mild lemon profile, relieves anxiety, aids in digestion, reduces bloating, rich in anti-oxidants.
- Orange Peel: Mild orange profile, anti-inflammatory, lowers blood cholesterol and blood pressure levels.
- Rose Hips: Mildly tart and fruity, nourishes skin, anti-inflammatory, strengthens immune system.
Herbs herbs herbaceous herbs, root and seeds! Looking to add an earthy element to your blend? These highly beneficial ingredients will do the trick. Though some earthy ingredients can be fairly harsh on your palate. I recommend mixing them with a floral, fruity or spicy counterpart.
- Mildly bitter and earthy, helps reduce stress, anxiety and depression.
Earthy, herbaceous and astringent, highly nutritious, great for healthy liver function and heart health.
Dandelion root: Earthy and nutty with a hint of bitterness, great for healthy liver function and bone health.
- Slightly sweet, bitter and herbaceous, naturally increases energy and is good to drink for muscle repair.
- Woody and herbaceous profile, great for brain function, memory and concentration.
- Unlike traditional basil, tulsi is rich herbaceous and warm, increases endurance, anti-inflammatory and calms stress and anxiety.
- Rich, herbaceous and grassy, anti-inflammatory, may lower blood pressure and may relieve hay-fever.
- Full-body, earthy and slightly fruity, naturally high in magnesium, potassium, iron and b vitamins, great for women's health.
- Mildly fruity, grassy and herbaceous, great for digestion, cramps and bloating.
These two are pretty self-explanatory, they will add a nice mint flavor profile to any blend. Mint is great to add with earthy ingredients, as it can help tame any bitterness.
- Strong mint profile, improves digestion, good breath, relieves menstrual cramps and headaches/migraines.
- Minty, refreshing and mellow, improves digestion, reduces fever, improves mental focus, reduces stress and nausea.
Looking to create some spice in your life? This is your chai section for sure! All the ingredients below will add a spiced punch to any blend. Both cloves and cardamom can be bitter, so those should both be countered with cinnamon or ginger.
- Complex warm, citrusy, earthy, rich in antioxidants, diuretic, may lower blood pressure.
- Spicy, mildly sweet and woody, anti-inflammatory and rich in antioxidants.
- Pungent, strong, unique mouth feel, great for healthy liver function, rich in antioxidants.
Zesty, pungent and warm, improves digestion and nausea, reduces muscle pain and soreness.
Spicy and hot, rich in antioxidants, improves brain function, anti-inflammatory.
Warm ingredients don't fall into the fruity, floral or spicy category as they are usually more mild in flavor, but add a nice depth to any blend. They all mix very well with every ingredient listed above. Very versatile and house so many benefits. Cacao powder will definitely give a strong chocolate taste. Fennel and Anise will be a strong licorice taste.
- Similar to licorice and fennel, anti-inflammatory, levels blood sugar, reduces symptoms of depression and menopause.
- Mildly bitter, unsweetened chocolate, rich in antioxidants and a great mood booster.
- Mildly bitter, rich unsweetened chocolate, rich in antioxidants and a great mood booster.
- Fennel seed: Similar to licorice and anise, aids in healthy digestion, and treats bloating, gas, or cramps.
- Marshmallow root: Malty and warm, nourishes skin, aids in healthy digestion, soothes throat and respiratory issues.
- Milk thistle seed: Mild earthy, nutty and warm, great for healthy liver function, nourishes skin, aids in weight loss.
These two ingredients are very different in flavor profile, but will naturally sweeten your tea without the need to add sugar or honey. Our stevia leaf is green and unprocessed, when it is added to a custom blend, we only use a tiny amount. It is unlike the processed stevia you find at the store. This is the actual plant. You can grow stevia in your herb garden, it's fantastic!
Our licorice root is rich, sweet and creamy. It has a very mild hint of licorice, but mostly it's just sweet. For a punch of licorice flavor, you will need to add anise or fennel, which are found in our warm section.
- Licorice root: Sweet root, very mild licorice flavor, soothes throat, anti-inflammatory, strengthens immune system.
- Stevia leaf: Very sweet, fresh unprocessed green leaf, may help control blood sugar and insulin levels.
Never add more than 3 extracts to a single blend, and try to imagine the flavors together with the ingredients you have selected above.
For a berry punch type tea, add Hibiscus along with raspberry and/or strawberry.
To truly bring out the lemon and orange flavors I highly recommend adding orange or lemon, as merely adding orange peel and lemon peel won't do the trick. For coconut, definitely add the organic coconut flavor and some vanilla extract, yum!
To enhance the mild & nutty ingredients, I like to add hazelnut and vanilla extract.
- Apple Spice
Name your blend & add a description
Now you get to name your tea and add a short description! Both of these will be on the label of your tea. Along with your ingredients. So no need to add ingredients into your title or description.
Here is a label sample:
- Keep your Tea Title short and simple, it will look best on the label.
- You have more room in the description section if you want to get wordy.
Get creative and have fun naming your custom blend.
Are you making this tea as a gift? PERFECT! The #1 tea name I receive is Happy Birthday So-n-So, with a personal note in the description section.
If you are having a hard time coming up with a name, keep it easy like My Morning Blend, or Blend No. 1.. Feel free to get creative though, I could always use a good laugh.
So far the winner is:
Tea Title: Move Oolong
Description: there's nothing to tea here.
Can you top that one? Can't wait to see the amazing blends you come up with!
Fruit and tea go together like the birds and blendbees!
I get a lot of questions regarding fruits, so I will answer them here:
- Why don't you have more fruits in your fruit section? A common misconception is that if you see pieces of fruit in a tea, that it is what is making that tea taste like that fruit. FALSE. More than likely you will see "natural flavors" listed on the ingredients underneath the "pieces of strawberry". Fruit teas are more often then not being flavored, this is because pieces of fruit are far too mild to add any flavor into the steeped tea. ALWAYS check the ingredients of your fruit teas, and try to avoid those that use artificial flavors. Next time you're steeping your tea, add a few dried cranberries and see if it made your tea taste like cranberries, I guarantee they won't, and you'll be sad you just wasted those little ruby gems in your tea pot.
- Are your fruit flavors and extracts artificial? No. I wouldn't drink artificial flavors in my tea, and I don't want you to either. All of my flavors and extracts are natural and organic.
- What are your favorite fruit flavors? I swoon over anything strawberry. Hibiscus, lemongrass, cinnamon, holy basil and strawberry extract is delightful.
- The fruits you offer are mostly berries or peels, why is that? First, refer to question #1 if you're wondering why there isn't strawberry and peach pieces on my fruit list. Second, the berries and peels I offer are not freeze dried, they are air dried. They will offer a lot of lovely benefits to the tea when steeped. Especially elder berries, lemon peel and orange peel.
- I don't want to add a flavor extract to my tea, how can I make it taste fruity? Hibiscus and rose hips. They very fruity and tart little flowers. Mix in a bit of licorice root or stevia leaf to calm the tartness of these two and make yourself a little sweet-tart.
Are there ingredients you want to see added? Any questions on how to make your own tea blend? I would love to hear from you! Please email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sips & Love!