Scented & Blended Teas

Scented Teas and Tea Blends  

The practice of scenting tea is centuries old, going back as far as China’s Song Dynasty (960–1279).

During the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644), when processing of loose, whole-leaf tea first came into usage, makers experimented by adding flowers and fruits to both tea and tea cup to delight courtly drinkers. Over time, such scenting agents as jasmine flowers and roses as well as the use of pinewood-fueled fire to create smoky lapsang souchong tea became popular tea aromatics, not only for domestic consumption but also as tea began to be exported in larger quantities to the West.

Although the practice of scenting (and blending) tea was initially born out of a cultivated effort to impress royal palates, with the modern industrial mass production of tea, it has largely degenerated into a way to obscure substandard teas using synthetic additives and aromas. At P & T, we draw our inspiration from the noble tradition, creating refined scents and blends from high-quality base teas and 100%-natural aromas of precious flowers, spices and essential oils.