Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Personal Addition #12 - Blooming Tea

This is probably one of the coolest and most aesthetically pleasing teas out there... also great for when you have company! So far, I've only encountered green and white blooming teas, though I'm sure that others exist. These guys start off in ball form (picture below), and open up into flowers while being steeped. This process takes about 10 minutes, so it's pretty neat to watch!

Glass tea/coffee pots tend to be the best to use for blooming teas, as they make it easy to see the flower bloom.

White tea with jasmine flowers

Remember that with steeping more fragile teas (white, green, oolong) one should wait about 10 minutes or so after boiling their water before infusing the leaves. Otherwise, the boiling water may singe the leaves, creating a bitter taste in the process. (This is why many people are convinced that green tea is bitter - which is definitely not the case. They simply don't know how to steep it properly!)

Green blooming tea from Quebec City.
p.s. Any tea questions? I'm more than willing to share my tea knowledge.

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