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Art in beverages – the blooming tea

Art in Beverages – The Blooming Tea

Think of the difference that presentation makes for a meal. A delicious food choice thrown haphazardly onto a plate is not as enjoyable as a plate that is arranged for beauty. With blooming teas, artisans will take tealeaves and tie them together with a cotton cord in order to make a flower. Flowers are then dried for storage and shipping. When you add boiling water, the flowers are brought back to life.

You will take the small grayish ball of blooming tea and add it to a pot. Cover it with boiling water. There in your tea pot a beautiful flower begins to bloom. It is like a lifeless ball of tea comes to life as a blooming flower. That flower can add beauty to the table.

The best way to enjoy these teas is by using a clear serving set. Glass tea pots are perfect for the larger blooming flowers while clear teacups work well for the smaller ones. You will not need a tea strainer since the teas are tied together using a cotton string and do not come lose in the tea cup. You will not have stray tea leaves.

One blooming flower will make ten to fifteen brewings of tea. The teas that are chose for the blooming teas are generally fruity and do not develop a bitter flavor like many other teas will. This makes them perfect for all the brewings for a continual enjoyment.

When planning a big girl tea party, be sure that you have at least one blooming tea flower. The will make a perfect centerpiece and a tasty tea to serve. The flower blossoms develops into a tasty tea in minutes. The clear tea pot is perfect to show off your tea. Once your pot is empty, just add more hot water to brew again and again.

Tea has been shown to offer many antioxidants that are good for your health. In addition, there is no better way to relax than to have you afternoon cup of tea. Blooming teas have virtually no caffeine. It will not give you the jitters of coffee. Instead, it calms and soothes you for the evening. Why not add even more enjoyment with the beauty of a blooming tea. It not only offers a wonderful taste, it offers an aesthetic beauty.

Blooming teas are a great gift idea for tea lovers. They offer the same beauty and flavor that you enjoy to your friends and families. If you want a some what larger gift basket, add clear serving wears such as tea pots or cups. You will have a lovely serving set for a unique gift idea.

If you are not a fan of hot teas, why not serve blooming teas over ice. Add the dry tea flower to a clear glass pitcher and brew with hot water. Once the flower has opened add cool water and serve in clear glasses. The floral taste may not even need sugar for a delicious iced tea.

Blooming teas are a beautiful way to serve tea to you family and friends. They make great gifts and are wonderful for entertaining.

The art of blending herbal teas

The Art of Blending Herbal Teas

Art is defined as "the quality, production, expression, or realm of what is beautiful, or of more than ordinary significance." A finely blended herbal tea can be just that; a colorful blend of herbs, varying textures, contrasting and complimenting flavors to create an extraordinary cup of tea. With a little creativity and experimentation, the pleasure of creating your own blend can be a rewarding and enjoyable artistic outlet.

Before you begin blending herbs for tea, you should know what the herbs taste like individually. Make up simple teas with one herb at a time until you become familiar with the various flavors. During this process it is best to drink the tea unsweetened. Sit back, savor and enjoy.

As you begin blending, start with equal measurements of the herbs (except lavender, licorice and the spices that tend to overpower a tea if used too freely). You will find it helpful to keep a journal of your creations, including notes on the teas made with just one herb. Combining herbs will tend to alter the taste of the individual herbs so although you may not care too much for one, adding another herb to the blend may create an enjoyable tea. Part of blending involves finding the herbs that enhance or complement each other to your liking. For some, herbal teas are an acquired taste much like a fine wine.

Here is a list of some of the more popular beverage tea herbs categorized by flavor to get you started.

Florals – lavender, jasmine, rose petals, chamomile, red clover, chrysanthemum

Lemony/Citrus – lemon balm, lemon verbena, lemongrass, orange, lemon or lime peel

Tart – hibiscus, rose hips

Spicy – cinnamon, clove, ginger, cardamom

Sweet – licorice, fruits, stevia, aniseed, fennel

Woodsy – sage, rosemary, thyme, marjoram

Mints – peppermint, spearmint, bee balm, catnip, hyssop

Herbal teas can provide the additional benefits of being healthy, nutritious, and healing. Although this article is intended to discuss beverage teas, consideration can be given to the healing qualities of the herbs used in your blend.

Following are the more traditional uses of some of the herbs you may use in your teas.

Peppermint is calming and aids digestion. Catnip is relaxing, aids digestion, and is known to promote a restful night’s sleep. Lavender is calming and good for relieving stress headaches. Hibiscus, rose hips and lemongrass are all high in vitamin C. Chamomile is soothing, promotes sleep, and eases stomachaches. Ginger is warming, stops nausea, and relieves headaches. Rosemary eases anxiety, depression and tension headaches. Thyme is a decongestant and strong infection fighter.

Teas can be blended with just taste in mind, the healing properties to be gained, or a combination of the two.

Some ideas to get you started on creating your own custom blends:

An iced tea made with equal parts of peppermint and lemon balm

Lavender and lemongrass

Hibiscus, rose hips, lemon verbena and orange peel

Orange peel, cinnamon, clove, ginger and licorice

Rosemary, sage and fennel seed

Be creative, give your tea blend a name. Package them in decorative tins with a muslin herb bag or strainer as gifts. Have fun and enjoy.

A wonderful supplier of organic and wildcrafted herbs is Mountain Rose Herbs.

Tea sets for your friends as unique birthday presents

Tea Sets for Your Friends as Unique Birthday Presents

If you want to make your friends happy on their birthdays, then you have to give unique birthday presents for them.  Finding the perfect birthday gift is difficult.  That is because a birthday present should be highly personalized and must conform to the individual preference of the recipient.  Your best option is to give a gift that can be enjoyed by the recipient everyday.  Tea sets therefore could be the perfect unusual birthday gifts which can make your friends happy and satisfied.   

If you are giving birthday tea sets for your friend as your unique birthday presents, you have to make sure that the tea sets are complete.  This means your cool birthday package should include a glass teapot, a full complement of tea mugs, and several boxes of exotic flowering tea.  It is also best to include a glass cup tea infuser in the set so your friend can prepare loose leaf tea.  If your unique birthday presents are complete, you will make your friend extremely happy.  That is because your gift will be very useful for the everyday tea ritual of your friend and he or she can also use it for special occasions such as tea party, house warming, and other personal celebrations.  

It is also best to get birthday present ideas directly from your friend.  Weeks before the birthday celebration, you should find out if your friend really likes blooming tea and decorative tea sets.  You should go to your friend’s place and find out if there are no special tea sets in the house.  Once you determined that your friend really needs a tea set, then go online to find some of the most unusual birthday gifts that you can give.  For example, you can choose a Flowering Tea Discovery Set for your friend.  This is a basic tea set which includes a glass teapot and several flowering tea packages.  This package plus several glasses of tea cups can be your unique birthday presents for your friend.  

You can also choose a Flowering Tea Mug Set so your friend can have a personalized tea mug that can also serve as a decorative object.  However, if you want to lavish your friend with unusual birthday gifts, you can buy a Premium Blooming tea set or a Luxury Blooming tea set.  These birthday tea sets include several tea mugs, a glass teapot, and beautiful flowering tea packages.  These unusual birthday gifts can be a little expensive but your friend will surely love them.  Besides, if you are going to give unique birthday presents for your friend, the cost of the gift should be your last consideration.  What is important is the quality and elegance of your cool birthday gifts.  

When giving cool tea set for your friend, make sure to order the set days before the actual date of the birthday.  You have to consider shipping and delivery time and other factors that may cause delay.  You should also request the online merchant to gift wrap the set.  One of the best online companies that can provide the coolest tea set is The Exotic Tea Pot which is a UK based Internet merchant.

Flowering tea-pompous gourmet for tea drinkers

Flowering Tea-pompous Gourmet for Tea Drinkers

The origin of flowering tea dates back to China where the tea is produced in south western pat of Yunnan province. Flowering teas, better known as blooming teas are handmade tea bowls prepared by combining of gourmet tea along with flowers like aromatic flowers. The gourmet tea leaf is flattened and sewn with cotton threads to form a ball like structure. Some may experiment with shape of that of a Mushroom or a simple cone. Sometimes they are scented with floral blossoms to bring an aromatic effect and it undergoes some oxidation and rigorous drying process before the same is ready for use.

The flowering tea is then dipped into a tea pot filled with lukewarm water and the tea gradually unfurls into a floral structure as the viewers witness an ethereal experience. The tea is then allowed to steep for a few minutes and then decanted to be served to drinkers.
It is really necessary to decant the gourmet within a few minutes after the leaves unfurl. If allowed to steep longer, the same is likely to affect the taste badly and spoil the whole effort.
Flowering tea is usually prepared in a glass teapot or in a transparent surface to as to give a better view to the viewers. Popular varieties of flowers in the process include Chrysanthemum, Lily, Sweet Olive, Marigold, Peony and more. Popular varieties of flowering tea include, Jasmine Pu-Erh, Lily Fairy Black, Lychee Nut flower and more.
The benefits of flowering tea with respect to health cannot be overlooked. It not only shoos off fatigues and stress of the drinkers but contributes to reduce fat from the body. It makes a refreshing drink for both young and adults and its aromatic taste lingers long after taking a sip of the connoisseur.
Lily fairy is yet another gourmet loose tea variety that unfolds to form a beautiful floral bloom once dipped into water. It is made from high grade Black tea, Jasmine and Lily. The splendid appearance coupled with its sweet taste make the gourmet a favorite among tea drinkers. While Jasmine has a role to play in nourishing kidney, lungs and liver, Lily has positive effects on our nervous system. The method of preparing the gourmet is similar to that of Jasmine tea. All you need is a pot of hot boiling water in a glass tea pot. Pour one tea at a time in the container and the bud would unfold into a beautiful floral bouquet. However, unlike Jasmine Pu Erh variety, the gourmet would last for about a month. You may serve the tea with cold water as and when required.

Flowering tea made from Gourmet loose tea leaf make a pleasant gift for your friends whom you wish to surprise on occasions. Its unique appearance and delicious flavor make it a splendid gift to anyone wishing to experiment on delicacies with magnificence.

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