Green tea is one of the most popular beverages in Japan. In addition to being a delicious beverage, it is also said to have numerous health benefits. It is therefore no surprise that green tea is mixed with normal tea for consumption by the public in Japan and other countries.
However, because there are many types of green tea, people often wonder if mixing them with other types of teas can create an unexpected result when drinking the resulting mixture, such as a change in color or taste.
Why Would You Want to Mix Teas?
Although the common use of green tea as a drink has been popular for many years, people in Japan and other countries have mixed green tea with normal teas over the past several decades. The following are some of the reasons why you might want to mix teas:
You are not sure which type of tea you would like
Although there are many types of green tea, not all green teas taste or smell alike. If you don’t know which type of tea you would like, it is sometimes better to start with mixing different types so that your preference can be determined after drinking it.
You want to experiment with the taste
You may want to experience two different tastes at once without having them cancel each other out by overpowering each other.
For example, if you normally drink black or white teas but think that they may taste bland after drinking a lot of green tea in one day, mixing them can create a flavor profile similar to those flavors (but not identical). This way, both black and white teas will taste somewhat more intense than usual while still tasting good by themselves.
What to Consider When Mixing Teas
When mixing teas, there are a few things to consider:
If the two teas have different brewing temperatures, they may be too hot or too cold to mix together. If the two teas are both very hot, they may burn each other and taste bad when mixed with normal tea. If the two teas are both very cold, they may not mix well because of their different flavors.
It is usually better to mix different types of teas with different flavors. By doing so, each flavor can have its own distinctive taste without having their flavors cancel each other out.
For example, if you normally drink black or white teas but think that they may taste bland after drinking a lot of green tea in one day, mixing them can create a flavor profile similar to those flavors (but not identical).
You should also pay attention to how intense the flavors are. If both teas are quite heavy on the tongue, mixing them together might end up making it taste undrinkable.
Examples of How to Mix Green Tea
Mixing Green Tea with Black Tea
Black tea is usually served with milk or other dairy products. In some regions, black tea is also used to make a type of hot drink called “Chai” in which the tea is brewed with milk and spices.
If you want to try black tea without dairy products, you can mix it with green tea to create a blend that has a flavor similar to Chai without adding any dairy products.
You can make this by mixing 2 parts of normal black tea (or 2 parts green) with 1 part of your favorite green tea (and then diluting it slightly). You will probably need to experiment until you find out what flavors suit your taste buds best.
However, do not add more than 3 parts of regular black tea into the mixture because this may produce an unpleasant aftertaste. Try, for example, a roasted green tea like hojicha combined with the milder Darjeeling.
Mixing Green Tea with White Tea
White tea is also popular as a drink in Japan and other countries. It is often served cold, but it can also be enjoyed hot by steeping it for several minutes (just like green tea).
You can try, for example, choosing a white tea that’s full of flavors, like white peony. For its match, pick a green tea that’s milder in taste, such as a dragonwell.
Also, keep in mind that some people do not like white teas because they contain a lot of tannins, which make them bitter if brewed too long or too strong.
Mixing Green Tea with Oolong
Oolong tea is popular in China and other countries as well. Although it has a very strong flavor, it is usually served hot with milk or cream.
Because oolong teas are popular in China, some people have tried mixing them with green tea to create a blend that resembles traditional Chinese food without the milk or cream.
Mixing Green Tea with Mint Tea
Mint tea is a type of green tea that has a strong flavor, but it’s also milder than most other types of green teas. It is usually served hot or cold.
When you mix these two types of tea, you combine the health benefits of herbal tea with the benefits of green tea. Both of these are very powerful flu fighters, so combining both of them is great for preventative reasons during cold or flu season or to relieve the symptoms after you are sick.
Also, you can use this same idea for mixed drinks in which both black and white teas are mixed with mint instead of normal black or white teas alone.
Because of the effects that mixing green tea with normal teas can have on their flavor, it is important to use the right proportions when doing so. You should be aware of some guidelines to ensure that you do not accidentally ruin your tea by making it too strong or too weak.
You may also want to mix up other types of teas with green tea in order to experiment and find out what flavors suit your taste buds best.