Since 1912, Mother Parkers has been providing high quality custom tea blends. We take great pride in ensuring that every package of tea is the best that it can be. Our team of experts has years of experience blending hot and iced teas to offer a range of options that meet individual retailers’ private label needs. From custom formulations for unique private label product innovations to blend matches for national brands in your market, we deliver solutions.
We’ve mastered the artistry and science of blending black, green, herbals, rooibos, white and decaffeinated teas to deliver consistent quality and taste for the most discerning tea consumers.
Black and Flavored Black Tea
Most commonly used in North American tea bags, black tea represents approximately 90% of the tea consumed in the Western world. Black tea is made from fully-oxidized leaves, which produce a hearty, deep rich flavor in a colored amber brew. Black teas may also be blended with oils, flowers, spices, or herbs to deliver flavored black teas.
Most popular in Asia, green tea is un-oxidized. Green tea is withered, immediately steamed or pan-fired to prevent oxidation, and then rolled and dried to produce a delicate refreshing taste and a light green color. Green tea can be blended extensively with flavors such as lemon and mint.
Sometimes referred to as herbal “tea”, these unique blends do not consist of tea leaves at all. Typically, herbal tea is simply the combination of boiling water and botanical ingredients such as flowers, bark, fruit and leaves. Filled with flavorful, soothing or stimulating herbs, rich with their own healing properties, herbal infusions are a caffeine-free alternative to traditional teas.
Made from the South African Red Bush plant which is grown only in a small area in the Western Cape province of South Africa, Rooibos has been popular in that country for generations and is now consumed in around the world. Rooibos is becoming more popular in Western countries, particularly among health-conscious consumers, due to its high levels of flavonoids (similar to polyphenols). Rooibos tea is also caffeine-free.
One of the most rare and fine teas in the world and the least processed of all teas. It is made from the unopened or recently opened buds of the tea plant that are covered in white-coloured hairs. After the new buds are plucked, they are either sun-dried, gently steamed, or oven dried at low temperatures to remove the water content and produce a tea with a mild flavour and natural sweetness.
The caffeine is removed from black and green teas without sacrificing flavor.