From the article: Top Ten Teas for Afternoon Tea
Popular teas for afternoon tea include Earl Grey, Assam black tea, chamomile and mint. What are your favorite teas and herbal infusions for pairing with afternoon tea? Do you enjoy pairing your favorite teas with specific afternoon tea foods? Share your favorites with other About.com readers. Share Your Favorites
- Undoubtedly, my REAL favorite tea for any occasion is Russian Caravan by Twinings. Unfortunately, those caravans stopped traveling a couple of decades ago. So, nowadays my favorite blend is equal parts Moroccan mint with chamomile. Great taste and if I close my eyes, I can still hear the dogs barking at the caravanserai.
- —Guest bazin8
British Consul's Wife's tea blend
- On a Chicago radio station, years ago, a British diplomat's wife recommended blending Darjeeling, Oolong and Lapsang Souchong teas for memorable afternoon teatimes. Equal parts, or reduce the proportion of Lapsang Souchong to taste.
- —Guest Susanna Davison
Afternoon Tea Addict
- I never fail to have afternoon tea every day at 4 PM or so. I love trying different teas, especially as the season suggests them, such as rich, spicy chai teas in the winter paired with ginger cookies, and lighter fruit teas in the summer, paired with a nice watercress sandwich. Sometimes I even drink green teas paired with cucumber sandwiches spread with a little wasabi mayonnaise. My everpresent tea, though, no matter the season has got to be a hearty organic Assam. I try to drink organic tea as much as possible, and I adore the deep, assertive taste of an Assam. The bold taste really lets you know you're drinking tea!
Love "traditional" afternoon teas
- I have been all about darker black teas in the afternoon recently. Keemun or Assam, either by themselves or in a blend, with a touch of almond milk and raw sugar is a treat. Of course, I love a lighter oolong or Darjeeling with out any augmentation too.
Versatile Darjeeling Second Flush
- I love that Darjeeling Second Flush is versatile enough for a huge range of sweet and savory afternoon tea foods. It's my usual "go to" tea if I'm only drinking one tea during a meal of afternoon tea. However, I sometimes switch teas to match different foods if scones, finger sandwiches and sweets are served as separate courses.