How do you pair tea with food? Tantalizing 1 on 1

Hello everyone and welcome to my blog. You might have heard of food being paired with wine a few times especially the foodies out there. Guess what you can pair food with tea too!! Tea has similar tasting notes like wine. Sip on your nice cup of tea while I spill the knowledge.

What Is Pairing?

You might be wondering what on Earth is pairing? Well according to Oxford it is “An arrangement or match resulting from organizing or forming people or things into pairs.” Some great examples of a pair is tea and scones or english muffins with fruit. Pairing is a great way to test out your taste buds and get the full flavor and experience of a moment with you and your food. Besides life is too short to not try out something new and interesting .

What Are Tea Tasting Notes?

If you are a wine drinker the term notes may sound familiar to you if not I will explain. Notes are detailed descriptions of what the tea taste like. This usually includes the aroma, the flavor, mouthfeel (texture) and even the aftertaste.  Let me just say that not everyone will taste the same cup of tea the same. One may taste earthy, full bodied and a robust flavor while someone else may taste something else completely different. All of our tongues are different which is fine. Tasting notes is truly the mental association between the flavors of  the tea and something else. Example :  The aroma was very vegetal and soft with a toasted nutty flavor thats overall refreshing to the palate. This doesnt mean it taste exactly like toasted nuts but similar enough to mentally remind  of it

What Are The 4 Main Tea Tasting Categories?

Aroma– Interestingly enough 90% of what is percieved as taste is actually smell. Smell the tea dry leaves before the steep and smell the tea after before you take a slurp. This will also help you determine when the liquor (steeped tea) is losing its flavor or potency

Key terms: floral, fruity, vegetal, spicy, sweet, earthy and nutty.

Flavor– In order to recieve the full flavor of the tea make sure you take a deep breathe befor you drink and slurp your tea allowing oxygen to the tea. This releases more flavor compounds and allows the tea to coat your entire palate getting the full potential. When you think of flavor think of it as a detailed or more in depth description of aroma. Example: The aroma of this tea is fruity and has a flavor of a tangerine.

Key terms: full bodied, rich, minerality, savory, citrus, cinnamon, malty,sage, licorice root cucumber and so much more.


Texture- Texture is simply that. Does the tea leave your mouth feeling dry like a red wine. Some tease may leave your moth feeling creamy or smooth while others just simply go down without a trace. Some teas which contain herbs may even leave a cooling sensation. In order to recieve the best texture after your first slurp breathe out through your nose and focus. Think about how your mouth feels to re-engage your sense.

Key terms: cooling, dry, creamy, tingle

After taste – After taste is truly just the flavor that lingers in your mouth after you are done slurping your tea. Oolong teas have an aftertaste that sometimes lingers for up to an hour or more depending the person. Some teas dont have much of an after taste at all or can simply be elimanated by eating something.

Key terms: Sweet, strong, bitter, astringent, light and etc


What Are Some Examples Of Tea Pairing?

Now that you know how to fully taste your tea lets explore. Step outside your comfort zone and be open minded on this journey. I will tell you this is a great learning experience that I’m glad I’m trying out. It truly takes  any dish or snack to the next level. Remember have fun with this, use your imagination and take nice slurps.

Purple tea pairing

Breakfast – Mexican quiche
Brunch – sweet chocolate
Dinner  Blackened grilled tofu or jerk chicken with mashed potatoes
Wine – Full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon or alternating with a Merlot


Shi Feng Dragonwell pairing

Breakfast – Melons and rice
Brunch – Dark chocolate
Dinner – Light stir-fry or pan-fried turkey
Wine –  Riesling and cranberry scone or infused Chardonnay


Citrus Globe Pu-erh Pairing

Breakfast – Asian pears, persimmons, and berries

Brunch – original scone with dark chocolate

Dinner -Vegan spicy tempeh sandwich or firecracker chicken with brown rice

Wine – Pinot Noir or Champagne


Thank you so much for taking the time out of your day to read my blog. I truly hope this was insightful for you. I would love to know what will you try pairing your tea with. Until next time stay happy, laugh, and love genuinely.

stay #outwoken

By Aureal owner and founder of Outwoken Tea

What is pairing?

Pairing is when people or things are organized into pairs. Great example is tea and fruit as a pairing.

What are tea tasting notes?

Notes are the detailed descriptions of what the tea taste like. This usually includes the aroma, the flavor, mouthfeel (texture) and even aftertaste.

What are the four main tea tasting categories?

The four main tea tasting categories are aroma, flavor, texture, and aftertaste.

What are some examples of tea pairing?

Purple tea pairs well with sweet chocolate. For dinner it pairs well with blackened grilled tofu or jerk chicken with mashed potatoes.




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