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The perfect tea-pairing

About tea

You wouldn’t think twice about pairing a wine with your meal, so why not match the right tea with your dish too? Just like with wine, the right tea and food combination creates a balance between the components of your dish and the characteristics of our tea. Get it right and it’s a match made in heaven.


Our black teas can be divided into three flavor categories: fruity, smoky and earthy. Each one pairs with a different group of foods.

  • Fruity Black Teas. Teas like Lipton® Darjeeling have subtle floral tones and go really well with creamy desserts.
  • Smoky Black Teas. Probably the best-known smoky black tea is Lapsang Souchong. The strong taste pairs well with similar flavors such as blackened meat or sweet chocolate.
  • Earthy Black Teas. Hailing from Yunnan, Africa, and Assam, these teas work well with rich flavors such as gravy-based recipes or hot and spicy jerk chicken.

Oolong and pu-erh pairings

There are two categories of oolong tea: light and dark. Light oolongs will go with scallops and rich seafood like lobster. Dark oolongs pair better with dark poultry such as duck, and desserts with maple syrup.

Pu-erh teas have been aged, giving them a distinctive earthy flavor. And because they’re strong, they need equally robust flavors to match. Think greasy dishes such as a chicken stir-fry.

Green tea’s ideal partner

Green tea has a light and subtle flavor but can hold its own against delicate flavorings. Mild dishes like seafood, melon, or salads are perfect.

White tea prefers its own company

White tea is so light that most flavors will overpower it, but it makes a refreshing palate cleanser. Try Lipton® Blueberry Pomegranate White Tea between courses.

Tea for chocolate

One of life’s great pleasures has to be relaxing with a delicious cup of tea and some equally delicious chocolate. But did you know you can enhance the experience even further by getting the combination just right?

  • Milk or white chocolate. Our delicately spiced chai black teas – like Lipton® Enticing Chai Black Tea – contrast gorgeously with the sweetness of milk or white chocolate.
  • Citrus dark chocolate. Citrus is a natural friend to Earl Grey so match this fragrant dark tea with citrusy dark chocolate and you’ll be in seventh heaven.
  • Fruit-filled chocolate. Combine one of our roasted teas - such as our Hojicha Green Tea – to discover the perfect couple.

Iced tea loves to flirt

Lipton® Unsweetened Iced Tea is the perfect accompaniment for most food. Just add some mint and lemon to bring out the full delicious taste. At the end of the day, one of the best things about tea pairing is trying out different combinations and seeing what works best for you. It’s time to discover your inner tea sommelier.