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TOMISLAV PODREKA is the co-founder of SerendipiTea, one of the largest independent importers of fine and specialty teas in the U.S. For more information, visit SerendipiTea.com.


September 2006
Updated January 2009

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Tea & Food Pairings

Page 3: Pairing Tea With Chocolate, Dessert & Fresh Fruit

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Chocolate & Tea Pairings

Woodhouse ChocolateA surprising array of options presents itself with chocolate, depending on the strength of the chocolate dish.

  • With dark chocolate, try Assam, Darjeeling, Earl Grey, Gyokuro, Oolong or Pu-erh
  • With milk or white chocolate, try Darjeeling, Dragonwell, Oolong, Sencha or Yunnan

Photo courtesy of Woodhouse Chocolates.

Dessert & Tea Pairings

People are accustomed to enjoying a cup of tea with dessert. The canvas of tea is so rich and colorful, you may never ask for a “generic” cup of tea again!

  • Baklava: Darjeeling, Pouchong, Oolong (any), Ceylon Black and Green
  • Carrot Cake: Sencha, Dragonwell, Vietnamese Green, Ceylon Green and Black, Darjeeling, Ceylon, Assam
  • Cheesecake: Sencha, Dragonwell, Vietnamese Green, Ceylon Green and Black, Darjeeling, Keemun
  • Citrus: Earl Grey
  • Crème Brûlée/Crème Caramel: Darjeeling, Earl Grey, Ti Kuan Yin, Tung Ting Oolong, Dragonwell, Assam, Ceylon Green and Black
  • Crêpes: Darjeeling, Oolong (any)
  • Dessert With Apples: Darjeeling, Dragonwell, Ti Kuan Yin
  • Dessert With Apricots: Oolong (any), Darjeeling
  • Dessert With Bananas: Ti Kuan Yin, Tung Ting Oolong, Pouchong, Ceylon
  • Dessert With Black Currants: Dragonwell, Darjeeling, Oolong (any)
  • Dessert With Coffee Or Mocha Flavors: Yunnan, Assam, Pu-erh, Formosa, Oriental Beauty, Buddha’s Finger Oolong
  • Dessert With Raspberries: Darjeeling, Vietnamese Green, Ceylon Green and Black
  • Desserts With Strawberries: Darjeeling, Dragonwell, Ti Kuan Yin
  • Fruit Compote or Tart: Ceylon, Darjeeling, Earl Grey, Yunnan, Dragonwell, Ti Kuan Yin
  • Pecan Pie: Oolong (any), Darjeeling, Assam, Ceylon
  • Pumpkin Pie: Dragonwell, Ceylon Green and Black, Darjeeling
  • Vanilla: Keemun, Ceylon, Darjeeling, Nilgiri

Fresh Fruit & Tea Pairings

These are hot tea pairings. Many people enjoy iced tea with fruit: Try iced greens and lighter blacks.

  • Sweeter greens and lighter black teas, such as a first-flush Darjeeling or a lightly oxidized Oolong like Tung Ting
  • Late autumnal Oolongs are also pleasant with fruit

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