Citrus Flavored Teas
The flavor citrus is derived from citrus fruits, such as lemons, limes, oranges, grapefruits and a host of other fruits from the same family. They get their family name due to the high concentration of citric acid in their flesh and skin. More bitter citrus fruits, such as lemons and limes, have a higher concentration of the acid than more mild fruits, such as oranges.
In tea culture, citrus flavors are usually accents to more bold or mild flavors typically found in traditional green and black teas. You’ll often hear them described as “tangy,” “bitter,” “sweet,” “acidic,” “sour” and “tart.” Citrus-flavored teas will have a note of brightness to them that likely falls in one of the categories above. When you drink the tea, the back portion of your tongue - which primarily tastes bitter flavors - will come alive, interpreting the citric accent as heightening or mellowing the other predominant flavors of the tea.
For infusions, tisanes and herbal teas, the citrus flavor may be more predominant depending on your blend. It’s not uncommon to find lemon or orange herbal teas that have a bolder, sweeter flavor.