ADV.11 Blending, Flavoring, Scenting
Many companies jump into the fun world of flavoring and blending teas themselves without really knowing the consequences of bringing these manufacturing processes in-house. The class material addresses important aspects of the operational concerns of applying these techniques within your company’s settings as we explore the three main techniques used today by tea professionals to scent, flavor and blend teas and other botanicals. During each week’s hands-on learning you will have the opportunity to taste some of the more famous teas, as well as hands-on assignments to develop your own skills at applying these techniques. Course author is Scott Svihula. Click here to read his bio.
By taking this class you will know:
• Operational considerations for in house manufacturing processes including: OSHA, EFSA, FDA regulations, and the FD&C Act.
• Standard practices and paperwork chain for labeling of organic, kosher, and halal.
• Science, safety, and legal aspects of flavoring materials
• Code of practice of the International Organization of the Flavor Industry (IOFI)
• Guidelines of flavoring agents and labeling: Natural, WONF, Artificial, Natural and Artificial, Nature Identical, and Organic.
• Wet Flavoring applications and documentation requirements.
You will need to order your class kit no later than close of registration:
• Required class kits are not included in your purchase for your course
• Class kits need to be ordered from Elmwood Inn Fine Teas
• Go to Elmwood Inn’s World Tea Academy page to purchase kit* (You need to order your kit no later than one week before your class starts to ensure that you receive it in time.)
Please Note: International students that plan on taking more than one course with World Tea Academy will save money on the shipping costs of their class kits if they order multiple kits at a time.
Students will need to supply the following additional materials BEFORE the class starts. These are not included in the class kit:
• Two professional cupping sets
• An instant read thermometer
• A digital gram scale
• A timer
3 weeks (plus one week grace period to submit assignments and complete any tests.)
*Disclaimer: Elmwood Inn Fine Teas is not part of World Tea Academy/Questex LLC nor is it affiliated World Tea Academy/Questex LLC. World Tea Academy/Questex LLC has partnered with Elmwood Inn Fine Teas only to provide the class kits for our courses.
- Course Author Scott Svihula
- Blending, Flavoring, Scenting
- PART 1: Operational Considerations
- PART 2: Scenting
- PART 3: Popular Scented Teas
- ADV.11 Instructor Assignment 1.1
- Week 1 Classroom Assignment
- End of Week 1 Test Instructions
- End of Week 1 Test
- PART 1: Science, Nomenclature and Legal Aspects
- PART 2: Analyzing Flavors
- Lecture Materials
- Lecture Materials
- PART 3: Flavor Application
- PART 4: Documentation Requirements
- PART 5: Popular Flavored Teas
- Lecture Materials
- ADV.11 Instructor Assignment 2.1
- ADV.11 Instructor Assignment 2.2
- PART 1: Blending
- Bulk Density
- Blend Development
- Part 2: Popular Blended Teas
- ADV.11 Instructor Assignment 3.1
- ADV.11 Instructor Assignment 3.2
- ADV.11 Instructor Assignment 3.3
- Course Conclusion and Reminders
See Class Schedule Page for registration and start dates.
This course was very useful to me to understand what goes into formulating tea blends. It was fun to create my own breakfast blend of black teas. I thoroughly enjoyed blending various botanicals into tea and learning how to determine a formula between percentages and resulting grams. I feel more comfortable being able to create even more blends on my own for my own pleasure. I can turn my own kitchen into a tea science lab.
DonnaLeeAug 28, 2023
Loved being able to learn how to flavor and blend different ingredients into the teas.
KimberlyNov 28, 2022
I really enjoyed the class, the videos were very helpful in visualizing the cupping and blending instructions and were very well done. Thanks!
NatalieJun 23, 2021
The addition of a class assessment at the end of week 3 for the class to show off their blends from the week.
NicholasApr 26, 2020
Very fun class.
LoriApr 19, 2020
This course was a very good class with lots of instruction about blending, flavoring and scenting. Learning the details of how to blend and to flavor was amazing. Always enjoy the cuppings and learning more ways to find the words to describe my findings. Appreciate Ms. Lisa taking the time to give feedback because she gives more understanding with assignments.
DarleneJul 29, 2019
Loved the course! Something I'd like to receive is a little more amount of botanicals. I was a little short after cupping them so that limited the amount of product I could use in my blend.
MarcelaMar 25, 2019
JasmineJun 24, 2018
I enjoyed this class very much - and am excited that WTA is expanding the Blending and Flavoring course offerings. This felt like we were just scratching the surface. I would love to learn more about complementary ingredients and how to create a complex interesting blend without "overdoing' it.
TerriJun 23, 2018
This course was very interesting; I enjoyed the hands-on blending and flavoring of the teas. I learned there is much more to the process than putting ingredients together, not to mention all the regulations one must follow. Tea blending and flavoring is an art.
GeorgiaFeb 25, 2018
Thank you! Loved this course.
JoanFeb 22, 2018
Thoroughly enjoyed working with the instructor and all the wonderful teas and botanicals we received for this class.
DoniFeb 15, 2018
Well organized kit that comes with enough materials to experiment. Gave me lots to consider about blending and how to begin. I appreciate the responses. There was one person who had made a comment during the course and I would have enjoyed reading responses from others. Thank you very much for organizing. I will sign up for other classes after the holidays.f Thank you again. Nami Thompson
namiOct 29, 2017
A good course that allowed me to fine tune the learnings from a Skill Building Class at the Expo over the summer. I enjoyed the aspects of trying blends at home ourselves. Would have been nice to have a short list of complementary flavorings for blending with the various teas. I know the list is vast but somewhere to start or recommendations from professionals would be helpful.
ManishOct 23, 2017
I really enjoyed the experience of trying my hand at blending. Now I just need a lot more time, practice and more knowledge!
JudiJun 29, 2017
Loads of fun! Thinking about blended, flavored, and scented teas in a whole new way now. I had been a purist before but will definitely be creating my own signature teas now.
soniaJun 27, 2017
Great information - not too overwhelming with extra info. Simply informative on what seems to be most important. I didn't find too intimidating with my experience and interest level.Not totally sure if all assignments made it to instructor. I tried using different formats but still left wondering if readable on instructors end. I would recommend to others if interested. I will refer to course downloads for future reference.
CrystalJun 26, 2017
This course made blending and flavoring easier to understand with step by step instructions to start
joshuaJun 24, 2017
I enjoyed the class. It was interesting to taste every ingredient of a blend then taste the finished blend. Great course, Thank you!
JaniceJun 22, 2017
Very interesting and comprehensive. Fast and professional response to all questions. Good course material.
AnneMar 05, 2017
The Course has given me a better Insight with the blending of different teas and flavouring them.
KaushikMar 04, 2017
Loved this course! Plenty of practical work which leads carefully through the various steps of blending and scenting. I now feel confident to have a go at developing our own blends. The videos are also very helpful. Thank you.
DorothyMar 02, 2017
This was the most useful course. The blending and flavouring techniques were brilliantly presented. My favourite of all the courses i did.
Naiya Feb 25, 2017
This class has been very helpful. I think blending for specific people, occasions, and to certain outcomes has opened up an area where I may be able to "make a lasting impression" in my small circles. Now I know how to do that correctly.
ChristinaFeb 22, 2017
First week information was very intense information with rules and regulations. The week 2 and 3 of the course was very enjoyable and interesting. Very well laid out and lots of information in this course! Really enjoyed it! Thank you!
AmandaOct 30, 2016
love to experiment with different flavors.
TingOct 30, 2016
Great Class! Confirmation of my admiration for master tea blenders who create magnificent teas time and time again! A skill, craft, and passion for creating the perfect combination of scents, blends & flavors that can be reproduced, sustained and commercially scaled for all to enjoy time and time again! Thank you!
KathleenOct 29, 2016
An informative and interesting course! The teas and ingredients provided are high grade, and they arrived right in time for the course.Would like more blending guidelines as to the percentage of ingredients.
Constance Oct 19, 2016
I really loved and enjoyed this course! Before taking this course I had very little knowledge about what all was involved in creating tea blends. This course gave me the knowledge I needed to begin practicing a valuable new skill set on my tea journey. Thank you World Tea Academy!
AndreJul 03, 2016
Really enjoyed the challenge of tasting individual blend ingredients & experiencing how they combined together with green & black teas. The interaction is key!
SofiaJul 03, 2016
The course has been more practical than I expected so I am very pleased. I would also like to highlight the great value of the videos. Theory is very well explained and I have understood them all even though my English is not as good as I wish.
VioletaJul 03, 2016
This is one of the most valuable courses for me. Getting to explore the art and science of blending and flavoring has answered many questions I've had.
DavidJul 02, 2016
Excellent learning material and valuable assignments. Thank you for the feedback!
Brittney Feb 27, 2016
I very much enjoyed this course. This is a subject that I have been wanting to venture into, especially as I prepare to open a Tea House in town. The tea selections for this course were excellent. Thanks much!
JudithFeb 21, 2016
Wonderful course. I really liked the assignments - very hands on with an incredible amount of creativity and flexibility. It truly ignited my passion to flavor, blend and scent! Well done!
MichaelFeb 20, 2016
Loved this course. I have learned so much & have been able to share my knowledge with my co workers at my tea room. We hosted a tea blending event at my tea room where we sampled 20 different blending components. It was a sell out & the guests loved it. I am looking forward to experimenting with flavorings. (Please see my comments at the end of week 3). Looking forward to taking future classes.
PatriciaNov 29, 2015
The flavoring and blending sections were great fun!
JudithNov 22, 2015
A very interesting and fun class. It makes you really rely on your taste buds! :)
JackieNov 20, 2015
A really interesting and complete course. It is very difficult to imagine a better one. Thank you
MaurizioJul 25, 2015
Most fun of the all the modules so far!
AndrewJul 21, 2015
I have been blending teas with ingredients only. I had not added any liquid flavoring and that is where I lacked confidence. I wanted some guidance in this area. Thank you.
CherylFeb 22, 2015
I have thoroughly enjoyed this class. Cupping each ingredient on it's own was a wonderful experience. Also, I especially enjoyed learning the correct way to flavor and blend. The videos were extremely helpful as well. I have nothing but wonderful things to say about this learning experience!
Lisa BFeb 21, 2015