- Fruit (especially berries and tropical fruits)
- Cinnamon and other spices
- Nuts (especially almonds, walnuts and hazelnuts)
- Flowers (especially rose, jasmine, saffron and safflower)
- Cream or milk
Black tea is a more traditional base for these flavors, but rooibos (technically not a tea, but a tisane) has also become widespread as a base for dessert blends because of its naturally sweet, versatile flavor. Other teas (such as green teas, white teas, oolongs and even puers) have also seen a rise in use in dessert blends as the popularity of dessert teas has risen.
Dessert teas are typically seen as a "new tea drinker's tea" because they have mass-appeal flavors that soda drinkers, flavored latte drinkers and other non-tea drinkers can appreciate.