kymidwife wrote:Agreed regarding the natural versus artificial flavors...
The exceptions I've found in my personal home blending is that there are 2 natural flavorings which add nice flavor on their own... fresh mint leaves and citrus zest. Anyone who likes NMTC's Orange Blossom Oolong should grate some orange zest over some of their lesser-quality leaf prior to brewing... fantastic flavor and fantastic way to use up tea you're not crazy about.
I've tried lemon zest, which came out bitter, although the orange zest is very nice. Dried cranberries and dried coconut added no flavor.
A drop of vanilla extract in another tea worked out well. Has anyone tried other liquid extracts? I have a few teas that I really dislike, and they need camouflage.