Skip to main content

The Problem with tea...

Only due to the fact, that I am for the moment exploring the possibilities of tea infused beers, I stumbled over this issue...
If you are buying a fancy green [or black] tea, you have most of the time small blossoms and flower petals, pieces of fruit rind, dried fruits and other interesting things laying among the tea leaves.

This is all decoy!

This "botanicals" won't give a lot of additional aroma to the tea.

But stop - why is aromatized tea tasting so fruity, zesty, spicy...?
Because the producers are bathing the tea leaves in essences and oils from the fruit. Or even not from the fruit.

See - one pretty well known example is, that you can produce a strong strawberry aroma, if you are manipulate wood splints. The essence out of it, you will find quite in everything, which says, that it contains "strawberry flavor". But hold on - now comes the bummer: as wood chips are a natural source, producer can say: natural strawberry flavors!

I am not totally aware, what else can be used to produce other flavors and aromas. But nowadays I am very carefully, when I read ingredients lists. Well usually I pass the natural aromas - because nowadays it becomes extremely hard, to avoid this.

For me, it seems quite confusing, that most tea producers [even the expensive ones] are using these commercial & industrial aromas. And they won't tell you! Tea is considered natural and authentic. And tea connoisseurs seem to believe this very much - but in fact it is just another product which deceive its customers.

Please understand - I don't mean here any classic Darjeeling, ceylon tea, sencha, gunpowder etc.
I mean aromatized tea. It is also pretty well known, that Earl Grey contains oils of bergamotte oranges - this defines this tea. But it seems for me, that just the oils from the peels out of a citrus is not the main problem here.

But the stronger and "fruitier" something [not only tea] taste, the more you could vouch, that the industry is standing behind the product and backing the flavors up.
I don't think [or lets rather say: I don't hope] that the aromas are unhealthy. However all these "artificially-boosted" flavors just screws with our palate and our expectations of a great product.

Funny thing is, that flavored vodkas taste more "natural" - or lets better say, they taste more like the fresh fruit - than eaux de vie, which is made 100% of the respective fruit!
That's why customers expecting, that an strawberry cocktail, taste like fresh strawberries. Even if the strawberries are out of season. Even if strawberries never taste as strong as in a product, which is aromatized.

Coming back to tea drinkers, it is even more concerning, because tea connoisseurs are usually more conscious about their preferred brew.
Let's just try to focus more on authentic and natural tasting products.

E.g. I've tasted today two traditional Japanese teas for our Japanese restaurant. A Hojicha [a Japanese roasted green tea, which is even using thin branches instead of only the tea leaves] and a Genmaicha [green tea with the addition of roasted rice]. They taste very robust but also very interesting and different as your normal sencha. Even as "sweet tea drinker" I don't reject those teas without sugar [but they even taste better with]. And you won't have any fake papaya flavors coming with it.

I would appreciate further insights in tea - or do you know more about the practices of the aroma industry? Please share below!


Popular posts from this blog

How to use citric acid - and why you might not want to use it anyway!

To be honest, I shied away of this topic, because I think, people can misinterpret this - big time. I don't want to be part of the problem - I want to be part of the solution!  But when Chris, over at A Bar Above  discussed this subject- I literally could not resist to join into "the discussion". Here is the video: I - however take a bit slower approach than Chris. What is citric acid? Chemical Compound Citric acid is a weak organic acid with the formula C6H8O7. It is a natural preservative/conservative and is also used to add an acidic or sour taste to foods and drinks. Wikipedia Formula: C6H8O7 Molar Mass: 192.124 g/mol Melting Point: 153C Density: 1.66 g/cm3 Boiling point: 175C Soluble in: Water Why is it controversial? In my "mixology world" it is controversial, as citric acid is the stuff, which makes the nightmarish sour mix [ preferably in powder form ] sour. Yeah - citric acid is the main ingredient in one of the most

King Robert II Vodka

Who would knew, that I am reviewing a budget vodka here - on the But this isn't a normal review. I skip the marketing perception and use this product to cut directly to the case: Vodka is a "rather" neutral, colorless, "rather" flavorless and odorless distilled beverage from any agricultural source - and depending on the country, it has a minimum of 37.5% and 40% abv. As I said time and time again before: at times it is absolutely nonsense to talk about premium and luxury, when the original product doesn't really "hold this promise". Luxury water can have luxurious marketing, luxurious packaging, can be even rare and slightly more expensive "to produce". However really it is just water. Maybe it has some nuances to normal water - however those nuances (in a blind-test) are pretty small. Vodka is extremely similar - and the chain of evidence (despite a lot of people trying to proof otherwise) makes it re

What is the best cranberry juice in the bar?

A good friend of me "whatsapp'ed" me today and asked for my expertise: "What is the best cranberry juice?" I would loved to just let him know the brand - however it is not that easy. What do we understand of cranberry juice? One of the biggest [maybe the  biggest producer] of cranberry products is Ocean Spray. And: it is well regarded. Problem is: it is not a juice! Wait - what? Ocean Spray doesn't produce a juice - they produce a juice cocktail - which translates into a lot of water, a lot of sugar, some taste-balancers as citric acid [nothing against this really] and a minuscule portion of juice - usually around 3%. Yes they have something which is called 100% juice. Which is on one hand true, on the other the biggest deception ever. Because you don't get 100% cranberry - you get a mixture of juices of concentrate - most of the time apple and white grape and a bit of cranberry. There are also some other brands around, which might feature a h