“.Floral blends usually involve three, sometimes complementary, sometimes not so – aspects.
The idea for a floral blend usually germinates from an idea or colour and/or flavour. Once that basic requirement
is established, one must find a compatible tea-flavour combination and then to also try to bring out the ingredient
colours. So the key themes are: if you are using the best possible tea you need to make sure that you are retaining
as much of that unique tea flavour as possible, the heads or petals should not be so overwhelming as to go beyond
flavour and into perfume and finally, that a sufficient balance of colours is achieved in order to look and smell
outstanding before adding any water.
This can be quite tricky at times but is immensely rewarding once your understanding develops to the point
that you can start with an idea that you would like to achieve and then can but a multi-ingredient blend together in
your head that you know will be amazing when brewed”
The flowers used by Tea Palace have origins the world over – although some regions specialise in types of flowers designed especially for use in consumables.
We believe that only whole petal or flower heads make for the tastiest brews and the most consistent for blending
Cut petals and heads tend to produce a much more intense flavour – this is due to the increase in surface area whilst infusing
Selecting exactly the right type of petals can be quite complicated. Many types of botanical are more suited to perfumes and body products than teas and tisanes – it can involve a lot of trial and error!
Different tea bases tend to be suited towards different types of flower, be they fruity, floral or herbaceous. Usually, if a blend is created to feature a particular flower for its colour or flavour – the base tea will be chosen based on those which most significantly enhance the natural flavours in the petals.
After establishing a good knowledge of of flowers on their own, and also when blended with base teas, the next step is blending different flower types together of blending flowers and fruit.
This requires quite a detailed knowledge of all of the ingredients to be used in the blend.