Author: Directors of Tea Leaves Date Posted:26 February 2020
Natural Flavoured Tea
Natural flavours originate from natural vegetable raw materials such as fruit, spices, herbs or roasted coffee.
Producers may use only physical, enzymatic or microbiological processes; for example squeezing, distilling, warming, and filtration, grinding, blending, fermenting or crushing.
Natural flavour is not necessarily made from the named fruit or vegetable and of course the flavour components are extracted in a laboratory.
Natural flavours are less stable and evaporate over time making then less suitable for hot beverages.
In contrast to Natural Flavoured Teas, Flavoured Teas are made by chemical synthesis and have a chemical structure identical to a natural substance.
Compared to Natural Flavoured Tea, Flavoured Teas are more stable, with an intensive smell and taste. They are especially used if the flavour needs to be heat-resisting and acid-resisting or if the product needs a long shelf life.
The flavour combination of ingredients used in a Flavoured Tea is a closely guarded commercial recipe.
From July 2019, flavour additives used in certified organic beverages are moving towards also being certified organic. We are working with our suppliers to meet the new requirements.
Artifical flavours are not allowed in tea. By design and manufacture, they may taste and smell similar to nature flavours but they are not chemically identical to the nature flavours.