Who invented flowering tea or blooming tea

Who Invented Flowering Tea Or Blooming Tea?

Flowering tea, say some, developed as recently as the 1980s in a province in China. Given the ancient history of tea, it would be really noteworthy to think that flowering tea (or blooming tea as it is also known) was such a recent innovation.

There are many claims to the making of this ‘artistic tea’ although hard facts  seem to be thin on the ground. This leaves many to the imagination and assumptions! But there’s no denying that artisans created flowering tea buds or balls, and that this craft came from China – some people say the Anhui Province, others say the Fujian Province. For most of us, it really does not matter where it came from; suffice to say that it has become a strong export for China to the whole world and therefore, we have a lovely selection of flowering tea stuff.

Artisans, skilful workers who create items by hand, make the flowering tea buds. Loose green tea, together with loose white and black teas are combined with flowers tea and petals in unique styles to create flowering tea. As soon as the combination of teas is selected, the buds are hand sewn, covered with material, put in a kiln to dry out, wrapped up individually and then sent out. As the procedure is labour intensive, the price of these buds is consequently relatively high.

Watching the first flowering tea is an astonishingly enjoyable experience. As the bloom appears from a tight ball, to become something completely different and quite indistinguishable from that grey lump of tea, there is a feelingof wonder that something like this can be formed.

With immersion of around three minutes, the tea bud will be transformed into a blossom. Certain buds will be more ashtonishing than others, varying from a lump of long green leaves, to incredible blossoms with wafting tentacles such as “Touching Dragons”. The names alone are enough to build much anticipation – “Jasmine Silvery Strawberry Ball”, “Double Lion Pearl”, “Seven Sons Congratulating”.

When the first visual impact, it appears somewhat of an anti-climax to drink the tea. But that is exactly what the flowering tea is aimed for. Again, there are different levels of quality of tea. Some blossoms are made from quality white tea, but nearly all are made from loose green tea. It is normally true that you get what you pay for. A cheap product is likely to be made of inferior products and may not have the needed pleasant taste – or any taste at all. Not all teas are borne equal!

A satisfying blooming tea is certainly a trial and error process, and even more so when the quality of tea is taken into account. But it is not difficult to find great flowering teas these days. Most tea stockists offer pictures so you can be sure of seeing a beautiful unfolding of handmade tea buds.

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