Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Art of Tea Blooming Bliss

Country of Origin: China
Leaf Appearance: sage green with white tips
Ingredients: Silver Tipped Green Tea, Amaranth Flowers, Natural Flavors
Steep time: 5 minutes
Water Temperature: 180 degrees
Preparation Method: glass teapot
Liquor: very pale

This blooming tea was a bit less showy than others that I've tried but I did not mind that one bit. I secretly hate the ones that shoot of tons of tiny flower bits. Amaranth flowers are pretty standard issue for this type of tea. They added a pretty punch of color to what might otherwise be a plain bouquet of leaves. The ball unfurled fairly quickly but I suggest steeping it for the full five minutes. You'll definitely want to make this in something glass so that you can watch the show, even if it is just a wine glass. The base green tea was delicately sweet and vegetal with just a touch of astringency. I was happy to find that the jasmine flavoring was pleasantly light. It wasn't soapy or perfumy and there was no bitterness. This isn't a tea that I would make often but after a stressful day it was a relaxing way to unwind. Flowering teas are how I first got really interested in tea so I have a soft spot for them. It's hard to believe but this is my 800th post. Holy cow!

You can find out more about this tea here.


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