A wonderful meditative experience incorporating smell, taste, and sight into appreciating this Fujianese flowering tea. . . .
It is no coincidence that we introduced our flowering tea on the shortest and darkest day of the year- the winter solstice. At the first breaking of light, we filled our glasses and watched the flowering tea ball slowly open up. Observing the slow process of change and opening in the tea is a comforting and meditative act, a way to remind ourselves that one of tea’s greatest strengths is its ability to remind us of beauty in the little things.
We have long hesitated to bring in a flowering tea because they need to steep for so long that they often go bitter or taste slightly dry. This hand made green jasmine flowering tea stands out in its ability to remain smooth and creamy over long steepings. The base tea is rich, filling and earthy, a satisfying counterpoint to the floral profiles. The amaranth buds taste like fresh clover honey, and the jasmine blossoms leave a lingering sweetness on the tongue.
NOTE: Every ounce contains four flowering tea balls.
Date of Picking:Spring 2012
Location of Picking:Fujian
What Was Picked:Budset green tea scented with jasmine, whole amaranth buds, and jasmine blossoms.
Flowering tea (or blooming tea) is best brewed in a tempered glass vessel. Bring filtered water to a boil and pour in an 8-16 ounce vessel. Allow the water to cool for about one minute, to around 185 degrees. Drop one flowering tea ball in the glass and watch it unfurl slowly. Smell the tea and focus on its transformation. After the jasmine and amaranth flowers open up, you can start sipping the tea. Top off with hot water throughout the day and enjoy.
Iced Tea (Cold Brewing)
Use about 1 tea ball for every 6oz of water. Combine with room temperature water in a covered vessel and refrigerate for 8-12 hours. Enjoy!