Flowering teas are becoming very popular in the mainstream tea category, and you can find them almost everywhere that you look now. These wrapped up delights are fairly new compared to the thousands of years tea as a whole has been around, but they have made quite a splash in the past few years.
Flowering teas are tea leaves, wrapped around a flower or flowers that appear as the leaves are infused and swell while absorbing the water they are in. These artisan products are each individually hand sewn, with each one taking anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes to create. It takes years of practice for an individual to truly master the art of creating blooming teas.
Produced almost entirely in China, there are of course, differing qualities of flowering teas on the market. The differences lie mainly in the quality of tea leaf that is used as the wrapping, and the actual quality of the sewing used to combine the leaves with the flowers. While there is no way to guarantee that each and every wrapped tea will open up perfectly, TeaFrog has spent a lot of time testing varying flowering teas to ensure that we select only the highest quality leaf combined with the highest percentage of success rate for the flowers to open.
As such, we are introducing 2 brand new flowering teas. First, “You Are My Sunshine Flowering Tea”. This display tea is wrapped using high quality white tip tea leaves, sewn around exquisite Jasmine Blossoms. As the leaves slowly unfurl, the Jasmine flowers appear as if they were the sun rising on a beautifu spring morning. The infusion has a light Jasmine flavour with notes of honey, and will stand up to multiple infusions.
The second flowering tea that we are introducing is “Dancing Angels Flowering Tea”. This treat for your senses consists of green tea leaves wrapped around an Amaranth flower, with an arch of Jasmine blossoms waving over it. This is an amazing display tea to watch, as well as being a delight to drink as well.
Flowering teas (or blossoming teas, or display teas as they are also known) are fun to experience by yourself, or with a group of friends. They are definitely a conversation piece when you bring them out at a party!
If you want to use the flower as a centerpiece, or display it on a shelf or in your kitchen, simply brew it as normal, leaving it to infuse for 10-12 minutes. Then replace the water with clear cold water, and add a bit of vinegar to preserve the flower and halt the infusion. The flowering tea should keep for 3-4 days for you to enjoy!
You can read more information about Teafrog’s flowering teas at our website:
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