Pairing tea with food

“One's not half of two; two are halves of one,” said E. E. cummings, the great American poet. You’ll be able to decipher this better once you’ve tried some food and tea pairing. The fascinating variety in tea makes it a great match with any food, spirits - even cigars.
Have fun with tea pairing!

Dilmah - Tea Pairing

Earl Grey with Spicy Meat

The richness of flavours and aromas in Earl is a good match for spicy meat. Where a dish is piquant (spicy-hot), sweeten the tea so the sweetness envelops the chili hotness.

Dilmah - Tea Pairing

Ceylon Green Tea with Seafood

This exceptionally light-bodied green tea demands an equally subtly flavoured food choice. Natural delicate flavours of seafood work well with it.

Dilmah - Tea Pairing

Ceylon Green Tea with Seafood

This exceptionally light-bodied green tea demands an equally subtly flavoured food choice. Natural delicate flavours of seafood work well with it.

Pairing tea with food

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First Log in to pair.

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Click on a food/ tea according to your preference.

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Then the items to pair your selection will be highlighted.

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Drag and drop the items to the boxes in the middle.

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Hit Pair Now!

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Use the Back button and do more pairings!


Select your food

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White fish with buerre blanc

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Mushrooms

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Beef

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Full English breakfast

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Bacon

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Mexican food

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Lamb

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Pork

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Chicken

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Red Meat

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Spicy food

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Butter based tea sandwiches

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Fried Food

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Curry

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Samosa

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Spicy meat

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Chestnuts

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Light Sandwiches

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Sashimi

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Delicate green salads

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Creamy salads

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Seafood

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Sushi

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Chinese Food

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Japanese Food

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Rice Dishes

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Mediterranean Shakshuka

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Ginger based dishes

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Crème brûlée

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Cheesecake

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Coffee flavoured desserts

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Mocha flavoured desserts

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Praline Cake

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Buttery cookies

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Chocolate

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Buttery desserts

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Chinese Love Letter Cookies

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Light Cakes

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Sweet pastry

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Scones

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Japanese Citron Jelly (Yuka)

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White Chocolate

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Cookies

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Chocolaty Desserts

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Macaroons

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Almond biscotti

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Croissants

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Chocolate fondant cake

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Chocolate wafers

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Japanese Peach Jelly

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Ginger based dishes

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Mint flavoured dishes

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Tia Maria

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Vodka

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Rémy Martin X.O. Excellence

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Islay Malt Whisky

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Ouzo

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Goats cheese(feta)

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Cheddar cheese

  • Pairable with selected tea

Pair your favorite food with tea


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Select your tea

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Maharaja Reserve Assam

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Perfect Ceylon Tea

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Valley of Kings PEKOE

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Elegant Earl Grey

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Lively Lime and Orange

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Arabian Mint with Honey

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Peppermint and Toffee

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Italian Almond

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Ceylon Green

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Fragrant Jasmine Green

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Gentle Minty Green

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Science Facts of Pairing

Facts about
Pairing

Taste is individual. Therefore achieving a good pairing relies greatly on your palate in an exploration of natural interplay between food and tea. But, knowing of a few basics makes exploration of tastes much easier. Food and tea have 3 key elements that you can match – flavours, textures and components.

Elements of Pairing:
Flavour

A pairing is made when the tea’s flavour and aroma matches, harmonises or accentuates the flavours in the food. When the flavours meet on your tongue, they will ‘recognise’ each other and a harmony of tastes is achieved. Floral, fruity, nutty, smoky, earthy, spicy, meaty are some of the flavours.

Elements of Pairing:
Texture

Whether similar or contrasting, the texture of the tea and food can become the buttress that holds the pair together. Food can be grainy, dry, oily or rough in texture. Some teas have a buttery feel; others might be mouth-coating in taste. Try a strong black tea with a hamburger.

Elements of Pairing:
Components

Components are the basic elements perceived by the tongue – sweetness (honey), saltiness (bacon), bitterness (endives)and sourness (lime juice). An obvious taste match is that of sweetened tea with a sweet dish – this is a mirroring of the sweet component. Tea sweetened with honey is a sure match formany desserts.