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Blooming Teas




Blooming tea, also called flowering or artisan tea, is an ornamental type of tea made by tying a small bundle of tea leaves and flowers together with cotton thread into a ball. When steeped in water the bundle unfurls in a process like that of a flower coming into bloom. Jasmine flowers are the most common but globe amaranth, chrysanthemum, lily, hibiscus and osmanthus are also used. They are generally steeped in a glass vessel so that the process can be viewed and are a speciality of the Yunnan province of China where they are always hand made by specialist artisans.

History of Blooming Tea
The history of blooming tea is a little obscure. Some sources say it is a relatively recent invention, around 10-15 years old, coincidentally around the same time that they were marketed to countries outside of China. Other sources claim it is at least several hundred years old and can be proved by sources in Chinese literature. It is certain that “display teas” have been around in China for a long time. The tea loving emperors of the Song dynasty (960-1279) were known to have “bundles of tea leaves tied up with flowers for the emperor's entertainment”, although these were not drunk, being usually of inferior quality tea, and only used for visual entertainment. What seems likely is that this art form was adapted for Western markets using higher quality teas and sold in a transparent glass or pot for consumption.

Types of Blooming Tea
Blooming teas are generally given poetic names that describe the way they unfold and the flowers used. There are many different types and no particular famous ones, as they are all artistic and unique in their own way. Names like “seven angels” to refer to a string of seven jasmine flowers that rise up in a line and “amaranth bouquet” for a large amaranth flower in the middle of a spread of tea leaves are common types of names for blooming teas.

Preparation of Blooming Teas
Blooming teas are generally prepared in a transparent vessel to better watch the opening of the flower, although sometimes they may be served in a cup and viewed only from the top. They are generally refilled with hot water several times until the tea begins to lose taste. The presence of the flowers makes them quite sweet and very aromatic so they can tolerate being steeped for a long time without becoming bitter.



Our blooming teas are available for purchase by the pot in the tearoom,
and in our craft and gift shop in packets of six buds for $13.50.




Black Tea
Camellia Rose Flower
An exquisite medium body flavor profile. Smooth cup with hints of fruit and sweet floral notes wafting through this camellia delight.
Luxury Ingredients: Black tea, Rose bud, Lavender petals, Camellia blossom.
Tea(s) From: China
Region(s): Yunnan Province
Antioxidant Level: Low
Caffeine Content: Low

Green Tea
1000 Day Flower
Slightly dry character with light floral notes. Hints of sweet caramel sugar are sprinkled on the finish.
Luxury Ingredients: Green tea, Amaranth flower.
Tea(s) From: China
Region(s): Fujian Province
Antioxidant Level: Low
Caffeine Content: Low
Three Flower Burst
Smooth and satisfying green tea notes. The peach character of osmanthus comes to the fore with hints of jasmine and lily.
Luxury Ingredients: Green tea, Crysanthemum Lily + Jasmine + Osmanthus flowers.
Tea(s) From: China
Region(s): Yunnan Province
Antioxidant Level: Very High
Caffeine Content: Low
Cote D'azur Garden
The show is phenomenal and the cup presents an elegant green tea with a bouquet of floral notes.
Luxury Ingredients: Green tea, Amaranth + Marigold blossoms.
Tea(s) From: China
Region(s): Fujian Province
Antioxidant Level: Low
Caffeine Content: Low
Jasmine Silver Balls
Pale green liquor with a smooth but delicate Jasmine flavor. Watch as the hand tied tea ball transforms into a flower-like blossom.
Luxury Ingredients: Green tea, Natural flavors.
Tea(s) From: China
Region(s): Fujian Province
Antioxidant Level: High
Caffeine Content: Low
Longing Heart
Your heart unfolds and bares a hidden blossom. A delectable hint of peach dances through the tea.
Luxury Ingredients: Green tea, Amaranth + Jasmine blossoms.
Tea(s) From: China
Region(s): Anhui Province
Antioxidant Level: Low
Caffeine Content: Low
Menthe Soleil
Refreshing peppermint notes come to the fore finishing with a sweet lightly floral fullness. A perfect tea in the afternoon.
Luxury Ingredients: Green tea, Amaranth + pot Calendula blossom, Mint leaves.
Tea(s) From: China
Region(s): Yunnan Province
Antioxidant Level: Low
Caffeine Content: Low
Volcano Flower Burst
Exceptional combination of hibiscus and premium green tea. Refreshing and cleansing, reminiscent of light lemon.
Luxury Ingredients: Green tea, Hibiscus + Amaranth + Lavender flowers.
Tea(s) From: China
Region(s): Yunnan Province
Antioxidant Level: Low
Caffeine Content: Low
Weeping Rose
An exquisite white tea character with delicate rose hints. The finish is reminiscent of plum blossoms.
Luxury Ingredients: Green tea, Rose blossom.
Tea(s) From: China
Region(s): Yunnan Province
Antioxidant Level: Low
Caffeine Content: Low

Oolong Tea
Oolong Mystere
Wonderful orchid oolong notes fill the cup. Smooth and satisfying with a hint of fullness. A tea for lovers.
Luxury Ingredients: Oolong tea, Amaranth + Nasturtium blossoms.
Tea(s) From: China
Region(s): Yunnan Province
Antioxidant Level: High
Caffeine Content: Medium

White Tea
Flower White Symphony
Superbly refreshing! Your palate dances with hibiscus notes. Very refreshing cup with a bright finish.
Luxury Ingredients: White tea, Hibiscus + Lavender flowers
Tea(s) From: China
Region(s): Yunnan Province
Antioxidant Level: Low
Caffeine Content: Low




























































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