Flowering teas are made from tea buds that are hand tied around one or more flowers. The tightly wound bundle of tea leaves unfurls when steeped in hot water to unfurl or “bloom” into a unique visual display revealing a deftly arranged bouquet of flowers that rise from the opened tea ball. Sometimes, the flowering tea contains no flowers and opens to reveal carefully tied leaves that are lovely to watch unfurl into the shape of a blooming flower.
These special hand crafted teas can be made from black, green, white or oolong tea. The leaves and buds are picked early morning when still wet with dew, tied together with the foresight of how they will burst forth from the tea ball. Edible flowers such as chrysanthemum, lily, carnation, hibiscus, marigold, rose, globe amaranth, jasmine and others are surrounded by the tea leaves. The flattened leaves are tied around the flowers with cotton thread in the form of the desired shape of a globe, rosette, mushroom, cone, heart, peach, lantern or any other shape the artisan desires. Once completed, the tea is steamed or dried in the sun if green or white leaves are used. If the display tea is made from black leaves they are dried and oxidized. Making these special teas can take all day to complete.
To truly enjoy all these special flowering teas have to offer, steep the ball in a glass teapot. This allows a full view of the bouquet bursting forth from the tea leaves encasing them. For safety, do not use a large wine glass, since this type of glass is not tempered and can shatter if hot water is poured into it. Most tea balls make 2-3 cups of tea. To brew, simple fill a teapot with 3 cups of just under boiling water. You know it is ready if tiny bubbles are just starting to break the surface of the water. Drop the tea ball into the teapot. If water is poured over the tea ball, it may come apart some from the force of the water. The tea usually needs to steep about 10 minutes or until the ball has fully opened. This is usually not the way to brew tea, since water that is too hot or tea steeped longer than 3-5 minutes turns bitter. The process of making the artisan tea balls allows for the non traditional brewing of the tea. Steeping the tea balls with extra hot water and for a longer period of time does not affect them since they usually have less pronounced flavor with a floral or vegetal taste. Flowering teas can also be brewed 2 or 3 times. Simply add more hot water to the pot and steep again.
After enjoying a pot of this floral tea, place the fully opened display of blooms in a clear bowl of cold water and enjoy as a centerpiece for several days. These flowering teas make beautiful tablescapes and party favors. To use as a center piece, brew the flowering tea till fully opened. Place the bouquet into a clear container of your choice and fill with cold water.
Smooth and satisfying green tea notes. The peach character of osmanthus comes to the forefront with hints of jasmine and lily.
Luxury Ingredients: Green tea, Crysanthemum Lily + Jasmine + Osmanthus flowers.
Antioxidant Level: Very High
Caffeine Content: Low
Price is per tea ball