Walk into a tea lovers’ community at a bookstore or a gourmet event,  and you will find them sipping their choicest black, oolong or herbal tea while being engrossed in conversations about new tea entries in the market. Flowering tea is the talk of the town today. Also known as “display teas,” “hand-tied teas” and “flower craft teas,” this variant is famous for its artistic visual appeal and refreshing taste. If this tea type has sparked your curiosity and you want to bring home a pack, here’s what you need to know.

A brief history

 An elementary form of hand-tied and shaped teas used to be made in China many centuries back. However, the growth of flamboyant flowering tea in China started only in 1980’s. This type of tea has also gained prominence in Europe and North America. Today, it is available in many sections of China such as Yunnan, Fujian, and Anhui.

 Appearance

Flowering tea is famous for its looks. The flavor comes second. Typically, this tea variety is composed of tea leaves and buds that have been hand sewn in a chosen shape like a heart, disc, mushroom, cone, rosette, disc, a globe or oval.Sometimes the tea leaves get flat pressed before getting the 3D shapes. It might also have a remaining imprint or texture if pressed on a paper or a cloth. The new age flowering tea comprises of one or more flowers within the tea leave bunch. Keep in mind that not every flowering tea has real flowers. The name may also indicate the blossoming of the tea leaves at the time of infusion. Some of the common flowers found in this tea variant are jasmine, carnation, rose, globe amaranth, lily, chrysanthemum, marigold, and hibiscus. All the flowers that get used in this tea type are edible, safe and pose no health hazards.

Taste

 Flowering tea usually has a neutral flavor, though it comes with a distinct aroma. The best way to define its taste is vegetal or floral. That is owing to the shaping process, where part of the flavor gets lost. Few of the teas are perfumed with jasmine flowers. It is made fragrant to make up for the partial loss of the tea flavor. Also, the flowers that are within the tea do not add to the taste much.

Manufacturing process

 In Fujian, this is frequently made using white tea variants that have soft and long buds. The leaves get processed into green tea and sometimes black and white tea as well. After that it is moistened so that the shape can be given. Making use of secure food string, bunches of appropriately 20 leaves gets sewn into a chosen shape, centeringaround one or more flowers. Usually, it is wrapped in a cloth till it gets dry. It is natural for a tea lover to get enthused about a new variant that has excellent visual appeal and a mild taste. Now that you have a better understanding of flowering teas, you can go ahead and select the one you like best at an online store!

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