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Tea and Food Pairings

Tea is a gourmet beverage that pairs very successfully with all types of food. Just as wines are selected to enhance the flavor of certain foods, so teas may also be matched to particular savory or sweet items on the menu. Different varieties of tea should be carefully chosen to create a marriage of flavors and a truly delightful gastronomic experience.

The following is a guide to help in the choice of teas to pair with particular meals or individual foods.

Types of Food Suitable Teas
Continental-style breakfast (breads, cheese, jams, etc.) Yunnan, Ceylon, Indonesian, Assam, Dooars, Terai, Travancore, Nilgiri, Kenya, Darjeeling
English-style breakfast (fried foods, eggs, smoked fish, ham, bacon, etc.) Ceylon, Kenya, African blends, Assam, Tarry Souchong, Lapsang Souchong
Light savory meals Yunnan, Lapsang Souchong, Ceylon, Darjeeling, Assam, Green teas, Oolongs
Spicy foods Keemun,Ceylon, Oolongs, Darjeeling, Green teas, Jasmine, Lapsang Souchong
Strong cheeses Lapsang Souchong, Earl Grey, Green Teas
Fish Oolongs, Smoked teas, Earl Grey, Darjeeling, Green teas
Meat and game Earl Grey, Lapsang Souchong, Kenya, Jasmine
Poultry Lapsang Souchong, Darjeeling, Oolongs, Jasmine
Tea time All teas
After a meal White and green teas, Keemun, Oolongs, Darjeeling