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ABOUT TEA

THE PERFECT TEA-PAIRING

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.

BLACK TEA’S PERFECT DATE

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


Tea in a glass
  • 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 Tea in a glass

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 in a glass

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?

Chocolate for tea


  • 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.