How to Blend Your Own Tea

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How to Blend Your Own Tea

I hosted an afternoon tea party when I was at St. Andrews. We all got ready and I wore my best dress. I organized it like a potluck because graduate school student woes were high, but we all had the best of times. My responsibility was the tea and I decided to splurge a little bit just to make a memorable. Instead of your normal teabags and loose-leaf, I wanted to put together a station to blend your own teas. It was very straightforward to set up and I couldn’t be happier with the results! This is a great way for everyone to learn how to blend your own tea and here’s everything you need to know about setting up a station for your English tea party to ensure your guests get to learn how to blend your own tea!

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What You Need

  • Teacups and Saucers - Since I had a limited amount of people at my event, I ended up getting this teacup and saucers set! The different colors are a lot of fun and then I let everyone take one home at the end of the day. Alternatively, I would suggest going to your local charity shop and checking out the crockery section for something similar!
  • Teaspoons - Aim to get something vintage-inspired as they make great little additions to the teacups and saucers. I loved these teaspoons and they are a great price!
  • Empty Tea Bags - If you’re planning on using small dainty teacups, then use these round teabags made up of natural materials to limit your waste.
  • Base teas - Base teas are a must when experiencing teas. Make sure they’re loose leaf and not pre-bagged.
  • Flavorings - If you’re learning how to blend your own tea then flavorings are a must because it enhances the experience.
  • Condiments - Some people take their tea with milk or sugar, so I thought I would just add a few more special condiments listed below.

Base Teas

  • Darjeeling - Considered the “champagne of teas,” Darjeeling has sweet tasting notes similar to muscat wine. It can also be delicately vegetal and fruity.
  • Ceylon - I love Ceylon with milk as it has a bold, full, and velvety flavor. It also has some notes of citrus, chocolate, and spice. Perfect for cooler days!
  • Earl Grey - Another black tea, but with more floral notes of bergamot. This is my favorite black tea and it’s just as good as the above!
  • Green Tea - There are plenty of types of green teas and the taste differs based on how the leaves are handled. It’s can be sweet, nutty, earthy, floral, fruity, and more.
  • White Peony Tea - Great for those who want to try something different and want to properly learn how to blend your own tea.
  • Rooibos - This is a great alternative for non-caffeine drinkers! Rooibos tea is smooth and has a little sweet and nutty taste. You can also brew it for longer for a bolder taste.


  • Dried Ginger - Ginger is great in black tea as it resembles Indian chai.
  • Dried Rose Buds - I love that dried rose buds can be added to just about any tea. They’re used so much in food and drinks across the Middle East!
  • Dried Jasmine Blossoms - Not completely necessary, but jasmine blossoms add lovely floral notes to more earthy green teas.
  • Dried Fruit - Adding various dried fruits to teas give it a little sweetness and acidity that you didn’t know you needed. Try apple and blueberries!
  • Fresh Herbs - I love having rosemary, mint, and sage!
  • Vanilla Tea - Often a black tea, I don’t have this in my base tea section because it tastes great blended with rooibos for someone wanting only a little caffeine or with black teas.
  • Cardamom Pods - This is a great spice to add a floral touch to any tea blend and goes great alongside ginger.


  • Lemon Slices - Great option to have for vegans
  • Sugar - I avoid cubes because people may not want a full serving in a small cup
  • Milk - This is a must if you’re learning how to blend your own tea because milk helps you identify your blends differently.
  • Honey - Honey is great for the lighter teas without milk!

What To Do

  1. Have your guests choose a single base tea and add a teaspoon and a half into their empty tea pouch.
  2. Add one or two complimenting flavors from the flavored blends.
  3. They also have the option of adding a condiment, but it is not necessary.
  4. Steep lightly between three to eight minutes depending on your flavor and intensity preference.

My Favorite Blends

  • Rooibos + Vanilla + Sugar - This is a great combination for light caffeinated blends that want something sweet and delicate.
  • White Peony + Rosemary + Honey - For those interested in trying something different.
  • Darjeeling + Rosebuds - Black tea and rosebuds are a lovely match made in heaven! It’s refreshing, floral, and light.
  • Green Tea + Jasmine Blossoms - For those interested in Asian teas, this is a classic combination.
  • Ceylon + Ginger + Cardamom + Milk - Perfect for the people who love Indian chai!
  • Earl Grey + Cardamom - This is the tea blend I always drink. It’s perfect for those looking for a digestive caffeinated tea option.

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