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 Make Your Own section.
1st. select which size you would like:
- Sample, 1 ounce (30g), makes 10-15 cups, starts at $9.95
- 1/4 pound, 4 ounces (120g), makes 40-60 cups, starts at $22.50
- 1/2 pound, 8 ounces (240g), makes 80-120 cups, starts at $36.25, Best Deal
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). 🙂
3rd, choose your ingredients! We offer over 90 ingredients to choose from to create your perfect blend.
- Try not to choose more than 8 ingredients. When you make your own tea, you want to be able to receive the benefit and flavors of each ingredient.
- Once you’re making your blend scroll your mouse over the name of the ingredient. You will see a pop-up that shows you a picture of the ingredient, the flavor profile as well as some of the many health benefits that ingredient has to offer.
- Decide the type of flavor you want your tea: Earthy, floral, fruity, herbaceous, spicy, tart, sweet, etc. From there try and choose complimenting ingredients.
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 Honeybush…
After choosing your tea base, now you can add flavors. What kind of flavors do you want?
- Earthy & Pungent ingredients can add a lot of depth to your blends. These mix well with strong black teas like darjeeling or even rooibos. They can also make your teas taste a bit bitter or astringent. To counter that I recommend adding some warm, tart and sweet flavors like you’ll see below.
Complimenting ingredients to earthy & pungent ingredients: Strong & Spicy along with Tart & Sweet
- Strong & spicy ingredients help to mask the bitterness of earthy pungent ingredients most of the time. To truly calm an earthy blend, I recommend adding something tart & sweet.
- You may be thinking…. Hey aren’t there more tart & sweet ingredients besides Hibiscus, Rose Hips, Licorice root & Stevia leaf? The answer is yes, it just so happens that these are the tartest and sweetest, and will help calm the super pungent blends. Other ingredients that have a slight tartness are lemongrass, lemon peel & orange peel, but they are very mild.
- Chamomile, jasmine, lavender & rose buds are all unmistakable ingredients in any tea blend for a strong floral punch. There are plenty other flowers we offer like elder flower, hawthorn flower and marigold which have an incredibly mild and mellow flavor profile. Hibiscus and rose hips are very tart and not floral at all while yarrow flower is bitter & pungent to taste.
Herbs herbs herbaceous herbs! Looking to add an herbal punch to your blend? These herbs will not disapoint.
- I specifically added raspberry leaf & strawberry leaf to the herbal section because I am always receiving blends that people want very fruity and they add these 2 ingredients. In reality they are more on the earthy & herbal side of the scale. For super fruity, always add hibiscus & one of my many organic fruit flavors.
Mild but add a plethora of benefits and bounty of color!
- To truly bring out the lemon & orange flavors I highly recommend adding a citrus extract to your blend, sweet orange, lemon, lime or tangerine. For coconut, definitely add the organic coconut flavor and some vanilla extract, yum!
- To enhance the mild & nutty ingredients, I like to add vanilla extract.
- All the ingredients pictured above are fantastic additions to any blend for their benefits. They won’t add a ton of flavor but they mix very well with others.
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 & organic.
- What are your favorite fruit flavors? I’m a citrus-loving girl. My favorite extracts are sweet orange, lemon, tangerine & lime.
- The fruits you offer are mostly berries & peels, why is that? First, refer to question #1 if you’re wondering why there isn’t strawberries & peaches 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, hawthorn berries, lemon peel & orange peel.
- I don’t want to add a flavor extract to my tea, how can I make it taste fruity? Hibiscus & rose hips. Yes these are flowers, very fruity & tart little flowers. Mix in a bit of licorice root or stevia leaf to calm the tartness of these two little tarts & make yourself a little sweet-tart.
Natural, organic extracts & flavors! Choose no more than 3 flavors for one tea blend.
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. Here is a sample tea label…
This is where you can get really creative and have fun with 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. If you are having a hard time coming up with a name, keep it simple 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: Move Oolong, there’s nothing to tea here. Can you top that one?
Can’t wait to see the amazing blends you come up with! 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!