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Pairing Cheese with Tea instead of Wine

Pairing Cheese with Tea instead of Wine

When people think of food pairings with tea they often think of sandwiches and delicate cakes à la high tea, but what people often don’t realise is that tea also pairs well with cheese.

Tea leaves contain tannins, which exists in grapes, so the tasting profiles of wine and tea are related. As with wine, tea is also versatile and shows elements of where it was grown, giving tea a range of flavours and styles. The rules for pairing with cheese are therefore fairly similar to wine and Darjeeling works particularly well because it’s a full-bodied tea that can stand up to the creaminess of cheese.

However, due to the fact that most tea growing regions do not produce cheese, the pairing of the two is a recent trend that is only now starting to gain traction.

Understanding what general pairings of tea and cheese work well together can open a whole new world of tea, which is why we’ve decided to look at what cheeses work best with our range of Organic Darjeeling Teas. 

Organic Darjeeling Green Tea

Green Tea is best paired with soft, mild, creamy cheeses such as Goat’s Cheese, Asiago Cheese, Ricotta, Mascarpone or Chaource. The bright and fresh taste of the green tea brings out a spring-like quality to these cheeses. 

Green Tea and fresh cheese combinations are also a great way to start a tea and cheese afternoon.

Organic Darjeeling Black Tea - First Flush

Bright in colour, with a light body and flowery flavour, a Darjeeling First Flush pairs well with Triple Cream Brie, Camembert, Cream Havarti, Cheddar or Gruyere. The milder taste of the Darjeeling First Flush will balance the creaminess of these cheeses.

Organic Darjeeling Black Tea - Second Flush

Darjeeling Black Tea Second Flushes are great to pair as they work well with a variety of cheeses. The best pairings though are with aged Cheddar, smoked Gouda, Blue Cheese or Provolone.

Cheeses that are salty and firm or are slightly nutty complement the stronger, well-rounded flavour of the Second Flush.

Pairing Cheese with Tea - Tea Campaign Australia Blog

Why not try out your own pairings and let us know in the comments what worked for you?




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Tea Campaign Australia - Organic Darjeeling Tea - Buy in Bulk and Save

Save up to 20% when you buy your Organic Darjeeling Tea in bulk!

- Save approx. 20% when you buy 1000g instead of 4 x 250g

- Save approx. 10% when you buy 500g instead of 2 x 250g

Check out the following table to find out how long your pack of Organic Darjeeling Tea will approx. last:

 Daily Usage Daily Usage - Loose Leaf Tea Package Size Usage Duration
1 cup/day (250ml Tea) 2g Loose Leaf Tea 500g  8 Months
2 cups/day (500ml Tea) 4Loose Leaf Tea

500g

1000g

4 Months

8 Months

3 cups/day (750ml Tea) 6Loose Leaf Tea

500g

1000g

3 Months

7 Months

1 large pot/day (1-litre Tea) 8Loose Leaf Tea

500g

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2 Months

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