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Best Honey For Tea : 5 Types

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The best honey for tea is a subjective choice. There is not a single best answer. Instead there are many possible combinations. It is more of an art than a science when is comes to selecting the perfect pairing.


In this article, we will help you choose which is the best honey for tea. There are so many honey varieties available. Read on to discover the best tips for pairing your favorite tea with honey.



Honey vs. Sugar In Tea

One of the most common uses of honey today is to use it in tea. Honey is an excellent replacement for sugar. It is known that honey is more easily digested and will not cause tooth decay like refined sugar does. This is why honey has gained in popularity in recent years to become the number one sweetener in the USA.


Types of Honey

There are many different varieties of honey available. For optimum health benefits we recommend raw honey. This is honey that has never been heated or filtered. It retains the natural enzymes and pollen that are beneficial to the body. Generally, there are light and dark honeys based on their appearance.


Each type of honey has its own unique flavor profile and characteristics. Some popular varieties include acacia honey, clover honey, and manuka honey. Acacia honey is known for its light and floral taste, while clover honey has a milder and sweeter flavor. Acacia and clover are both light honeys. Manuka honey, on the other hand, is highly prized for its antibacterial properties and distinctive earthy taste. Manuka is a very dark honey. Experimenting with different types of honey can add a new dimension to your tea-drinking experience.

5 Types of Tea

To begin, consider the type of tea you will be enjoying. There are as many different varieties of tea as there is honey. But the five main types of tea are black,green, oolong, pu’erh, and white. Within each category, you can find different varieties, but they will all have similar characteristics. Knowing which type of tea you are drinking will be the biggest factor in deciding which honey to use.


Pairing Honey with Tea


When it comes to pairing honey with tea it is important to match the flavor profiles of the tea and honey to create a harmonious taste experience. Here are some general pairing ideas.


For black teas, which are bold and robust, darker honeys like buckwheat or chestnut can complement the strong flavors. Green teas, on the other hand, have a more delicate and grassy taste, making lighter honeys such as clover or orange blossom a better choice. Oolong teas, with their complex and fruity notes, pair well with floral honeys like lavender or jasmine. Pu’erh teas, known for their earthy and fermented flavors, can be enhanced by rich and intense honeys like eucalyptus or wildflower. Lastly, white teas, which have a subtle and sweet flavor, can be elevated with mild and floral honeys like acacia or sage.


Remember, the key is to find a honey that complements the tea without overpowering its natural taste. Ultimately, the best pairing will depend on your personal preferences and the specific characteristics of the tea and honey you choose.


Consider the Intensity

The intensity of both the tea and the honey should also be taken into account when pairing them together. If you have a strong and bold tea, using a mild and subtle honey may result in the honey’s flavor being overshadowed.


Similarly, if you have a delicate tea, a strong and overpowering honey might overwhelm the tea’s subtle nuances. Striking a balance between the intensity of the tea and the honey will help create a harmonious and enjoyable combination.


Best Honey For Tea By Type

Here is a list of tea categories with specific tips for selecting the best honey for tea.


  1. Best Honey for Black Tea – Black Tea is rich in flavor and full-bodied. Because of this, you can select a strong to medium flavored honey. The flavor profile of the honey is not likely to overpower the flavor of the tea. Try a nice Hawaiian Kiawe Honey in hot tea. The creamy Kiawe honey will dissolve easily in hot tea. Kiawe will impart a light mesquite flavor to the tea. Also, Buckwheat Honey is an option for the darkest teas. Buckwheat Honey is the highest in antioxidants to give your tea a healthy boost.
  1. Best Honey for Green Tea – With Green Tea you are getting into a more complex flavor profile. The best honey for this tea should be mild in flavor. This will prevent you from overpowering the flavor of the tea. One option would be Orange Blossom Honey. This sweet citrus honey is widely available. If you crave something unique, try Cherry Flower Honey. This honey is harder to find, but worth the effort as it will impart a fruity flavor to the tea.
  1. Best Honey for Oolong Tea – Of all the teas, Oolongs have the most complex flavors. For this reason, you should only pair them with the most mild honey. I recommend Acacia Honey for sweetening an oolong tea. The naturally mild Acacia will bring subtle overtones of vanilla to the tea.
  1. Best Honey for Pu’erh Tea – As early as the Tang Dynasty, Pu’erh Tea was sweetened with honey in Tibet. Pu’erh is similar to Black Tea in that it is full-bodied. Try pairing it with a rich honey such as Chestnut, or a spicy honey like Leatherwood.
  1. Best Honey for White Tea – White Tea has a delicate flavor profile. Therefore, it should only be paired with mild honey. Try Raw Tupelo Honey for a buttery lift. Also, Lavender Honey would be a great option for a mild floral note.

Adding Honey to Tea

In general, you want to pair darker honey with dark teas and lighter honey with light teas. However, there are always exceptions to the rule. So don’t be afraid to experiment to find the best honey.


Keep in mind that boiling water can destroy the nutritional value of honey. Allow hot teas to cool to 120-140°F before adding honey.

Experiment and Enjoy

At the end of the day, the best honey for tea is the one that you personally enjoy the most. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different types of honey and teas to find your perfect pairing. With so many options available, the possibilities are endless. So sit back, relax, and indulge in the delightful fusion of flavors that honey and tea can offer.

For more articles on how to enjoy raw honey check out the World of Honey Blog. And don’t forget to purchase your honey from the World of Honey online store today!

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