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    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…


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    Chai Diaries Peach Blooming Tea

    Country of Origin: not listed Leaf Appearance: tight ball, mottled green Ingredients: green tea, crysanthumum, jasmine flowers, peach flavor Steep time: 3 minutes Water Temperature: 175 degrees Preparation Method: glass teapot Liquor: pale gold I met the girls from Chai Diaries when I attended the New York Coffee and Tea Festival. A tin of this blooming tea followed me home along with some of their yummy chai granola. I was intrigued because I have not really seen flavored blooming tea other than the usual jasmine or osmanthus scented. Vine was just released for Android when I wrote this review (almost two months ago) so I shot the little video below so that you…

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    Numi Organic Tea Flowering Lavender Dream White Tea

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: plump, bright green Ingredients: white tea, lavender blossoms, hibiscus petals Steep time: 5 minutes Water Temperature: 212 degrees Preparation Method: glass teapot Liquor: deep gold This tea was rich yet delicate and very floral. However, it wasn’t a potpourri-like or overly perfumy taste. I loved that I was still able to taste the white tea underneath all of that flower power. The finish was a little dry but not unpleasant. Lavender always relaxes me so this was a great bedtime tea. The blossoms were very tiny and floated loosely so you may want to use a strainer if you don’t want them to wind up in your teacup. I…

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    Numi Organic Tea Flowering Dragon Lily White Tea

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: bright green with deep orange flowers Ingredients: white tea, osmanthus petals, orange lily blossoms Steep time: 3 minutes Water Temperature: 212 degrees Preparation Method: glass teapot Liquor: gold Flowering teas are a sort of guilty pleasure for me. The taste isn’t always so great but gosh darn it they are pretty! This one had a light apricot taste and a smooth mouthfeel. That flavor likely came from the osmanthus petals. It unfurled fairly quickly but was still elegant and fun to watch. I suggest taking the tea bundle out of the water once it has fully bloomed because this one got bitter fairly quickly. It’s against my…

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    Teavivre True Love Flower Tea

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: mottled green, tight ball shape Ingredients: silver needle green tea, marigold, globe amaranth and jasmine Steep time: 3 minutes Water Temperature: 175 degrees Preparation Method: glass teapot Liquor: bright gold This tea was slow to unfurl but the flowers hidden inside were really beautiful. It was very light and floral with Jasmine being the dominant taste, typical of a flowering tea. The liquor was a really bright gold that caught the light in an amazing way when I poured it into my double walled glass tasting cups. I suggest using a taller glass for this tea. My glass teapot is a little squat and there wasn’t quite…

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    Adagio Teas Red Bloom

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: tightly rolled, dark colored ball Ingredients: black tea Steep time: 5 minutes Water Temperature: 212 degrees Preparation Method: Glass Teapot Liquor: pale amber As flowering teas go, this one isn’t the most spectacular looking but it still puts on a pretty good show. My five year old cousin was enthralled. I felt that the quality of the tea was better than most though so perhaps it’s a bit of a trade off. It is also one of the few I have tried that fully opens on the first steeping. The taste was mostly floral with some earthy undertones. There was a sweet, honey-like aftertaste that lingered after each sip. I love that…