Flowering teas (or blooming teas) are an exquisite and delightful experience, both in terms of taste and stunning visuals. Formed into a bulb by hand; the crafter begins by selecting the freshest whole green tea leaves and binding them carefully to a beautiful selection of flowers and flower petals, this is then left to dry and set into a delicate bundle.
When steeped, the bundle slowly unfurls in a process resembling a blooming flower to reveal the beautifully laid out tea leaves and the flowers inside which emerge as a stunning centrepiece. The combination of tea leaves and flowers produce a wonderfully scented liquor from pale yellow to golden in colour and often a light flavour with sweet undertones.
Flowering teas are typically sourced from the Yunnan province in China and the flowers most commonly used are globe amaranth, chrysanthemum, jasmine, lily, hibiscus and osmanthus. It is unclear whether flowering tea is a modern creation or an older invention from China; but we do know that it has become hugely popular since its introduction to the West in the latter half of the 20th century.
Flowering tea is best served in a glass teapot or mug in order to fully enjoy the performance of the opening blossom.
Tea Palace offers a range of 3 specially selected flowering teas, each with unique characteristics sure to delight the senses. For the opportunity to experience our full range, as well as compare and contrast them; please select our set of 3 flowering teas.
We also offer the Marrakesh Glass Teapot which features a unique, curvier shape and inbuilt strainer in order to perfectly enjoy flowering teas.
Dragon Four Flowers is a delicately handcrafted, blossom green tea specially sourced from the Yunnan province in China. Named for a Chinese legend in which a dragon visits an artisan in a dream, bestowing success and wealth if the artisan could craft a tea representing his virtues; this beautiful blossom unfurls to reveal a strong and stunning centrepiece on any table.
Carefully tied by hand, this bloom combines whole Chinese green tea leaves with Jasmine, Chrysanthemum and Lavender flowers and is topped by an Amaranth blossom. The leaves and flowers produce a bright golden liquor and a light flavour with lavender notes for a subtle taste reminiscent of spearmint.
Lovers Three Flowers Tea is a delightful green tea blossom, hand-tied by artisans from Yunnan province in China. This tea is inspired by a legend in which an artisan observed maidens picking fresh flowers and envisioned the joy and warmth in their heart from doing so; he sought to create a tea with a nosegay of flowers that would invoke the same feeling. This special blossom slowly unfolds to reveal a striking bouquet and delicious aroma to enliven the senses.
This handcrafted combination of whole Chinese green tea leaves, Amaranth, Jasmine, Lavender and Lily produces a light, almost pale liquor and balances natural astringency with sweet undertones similar to honey or chamomile.
Hannah Chrysanthemum Tea is a delicious and moreish green tea blossom that exemplifies the best in craftsmanship when creating bloom teas. From picking and steaming the freshest premium spring green tea leaves to hand-tying them with wonderful Chrysanthemum blossoms, this tea uses ancient techniques to create a seemingly simple combination that unfolds to reveal flavour and delicate beauty.
Freshly picked green tea leaves from the Yunnan province in China are weaved with Chrysanthemum by artisans, producing a pale yellow liquor and a delightfully earthy profile with sweet highlights invocative of pineapple. The beautiful flavour and quality of this tea originates from the venerable process of its creation.
Best served in a teapot, or a large glass mug with sufficient space and depth to allow the blossom to completely open; add hot but not boiling water and infuse for 3 to 4 minutes for the blossom to fully unfold. Serve immediately for best taste.
May contain traces of nuts
Our small sample size caddy is the perfect way to try a new tea.
Contains 5 pieces.
Our bespoke purple damask caddy is the perfect way to keep your tea fresh.
Contains 20 pieces.