Firstly, let’s answer ‘what is flowering bulb tea?’
From The Tea Makers website:
Flowering teas are simply stunning artisan tea, meticulously handmade in China by combining the highest grade silver needle green tea with the wonderfully delicate dried flowers. Flowering tea consist each of a bundle of dried tea leaves wrapped around one or more dried flowers to produce a delicately aromatic, flavourful cup of tea.
When steeped, the bundle expands and unfurls in a process that emulates a blooming flower, while the flowers inside emerge as the centrepiece. Flowers commonly used in flowering teas include chrysanthemum, jasmine, lily, hibiscus, marigold, rose buds and osmanthus.
Flowering tea is generally served in containers made of glass, or other transparent material, so that the flowering effect can be seen. The bundles can usually be reused two or three times without the tea becoming bitter.
This smooth tea is beautifully enhanced by the strongly-sweet fragrance of the flowers to offer a completely unique visual and taste sensation!
How do you brew them?
Brewing Guide: For flowering teas fill the glass teapot with boiling water before dropping the tea. Then wait till the flower bloom. After 2-3 minutes you can drink the tea.
It’s worth saying that although the tea is frankly quite stunning alone The Tea Makers only source flowering tea buds made from the finest quality silver needle green tea. So as well as looking gorgeous, the tea has a beautiful flavour.
To really enjoy the flowering tea, get a glass teapot. Although it takes a little while to watch them bloom it’s really worth it. They taste light, floral and very refreshing. If you’re a tea lover, or you know someone who loved green tea this would make such a great gift.