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Dessert Tea

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Definition: Dessert teas (also known as "dessert blends") are a relatively new phenomenon in which teas are blended with particularly sweet flavors. Some attribute the coining of the term to Art of Tea, a blender and supplier of many dessert teas. Typical dessert tea flavors include:
  • Chocolate
  • Vanilla
  • Caramel
  • 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
These flavors may be used independently (such as blueberry white tea) or in combination (such as chocolate spice rooibos).

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.
Also Known As: dessert blend
Common Misspellings: desert tea
Examples:
Art of Tea carries a variety of dessert teas, such as Cinnamon Fig and Vanilla Berry Truffle.

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