Friday, October 2, 2015
One of the teas that we sampled while visiting Silver Tips Tea Room was this flowering tea. Flowering Teas are also referred to as Blooming Teas. They are quite amazing when you consider the artistry involved in creating this very special tea. This very tight little ball of tea leaves and flower blossoms (on the right) is hand sewn into rosettes by artisans in China. A variety of flower blossoms may be used as the center such as globe amaranth, chrysanthemum, hibiscus, or jasmine. When steeped in hot water, the tight ball slowly opens up to produce this beautiful flower (on left). Not only is it a unique and clever work of art, but the green tea is very flavorful and may be resteeped several times. Of course, it is important to use a clear glass tea pot that will properly display the floral rosette as it unfurls.