Bergamot, The Newest West Coast Culinary Secret — 7 Comments

  1. Dear Sir

    Please let me know how to flavor my black tea leaf from assam in india and ceylon as well as the tea bag with bergamot essenc oil kindly guide me


  2. It is very difficult to flavor tea directly with essential oils as the oils are very concentrated and thick, making it difficult to disperse evenly. You can put a drop of oil into your teacup, but since the oil will float on the surface, your tea will be overflavored on top and underflavored on the bottom. The first few sips can also “burn” your lips.

    To flavor tea leaves it is usually better to create an “extract” by mixing the essential oil with a some water and alcohol to thin it, give it a carrier that will help it blend with other ingredients and allow easier application. Experiment with different amounts of water and alcohol to thin the consistency and to get a good taste.

    One way to apply the extract is to spray it on loose tea spread out on a flat surface, such as a cookie sheet or cutting board, with an atomizer (fine spray nozzle). The atomizer allows the extract to be applied evenly.

    Let the tea dry for about an hour and store it in an air tight container.

    If your tea is already sealed in a tea bag, I don’t know what to tell you to do since you cannot reach the tea leaves directly. You could try putting a drop or so of the extract into your cup of brewed tea and see if you like it that way, but it’s not quite the same as flavoring the tea leaf.

    The Essential Oil Diva

  3. Dear Sir

    Is it possible to flavor the larger amount of bulk tea with spraying the essentials oil bergamot to tea surface without using any blender/mixer equipment machine, if so what will be the procedures and precaution

  4. Ali,

    Yes, just follow the same procedure I described in the previous post. The alcohol will allow the oil to mix evenly with the water with enough stirring – just keep stirring until you see that it is blended well and there aren’t any “oily” areas floating on top.

    Then spread your bulk tea on a flat surface and spray your oil mixture with an atomizer onto the tea as evenly as possible. How much you spray will depend on taste. Experiment to mind the best proportion of bergamot oil extract to bulk tea for your taste.

    Allow it to dry for at least an hour – then it’s ready to use or store.

  5. To:Essential Oil Diva

    good day

    please is there any alternative for alcohol, since for commercial aspect some of the end users like alcohol free product, kindly advice



  6. Ali,

    I’m sorry, I really don’t know if there is an alternative for alcohol, since I don’t make commercial tea or extracts. The alcohol does evaporate off as it dries, but I suppose there would be traces.

    Something has to be used to emulsify the oil, and there may be other substances, but you’ll have to ask someone whose an expert with either flavoring tea or making extracts.

  7. Propylene glycol or glycerine are often used with water, in place of alcohol, to dilute flavoring oils. Ali is likely to have a religious or cultural exception to the use of alcohol.

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