The art of brewing blooming tea

 

Your choice of water plays significant part in getting the most out of a blooming tea. For superior results use spring or filtered water if tap water, distilled or mineral waters are used it is possible that they may distort the taste of the blossoming tea as too many additives are usually added to these types of waters.

Spring water or even filtered water is the best option. after heating the water, allow it to cool a little for a few minutes before adding it and the blooming tea ball it is not necessary to add boiling water to the flowering tea bundle adding it may actually damage the tea as it can scald it, a blooming tea bud will blossom eventually even in cold water it will just take much longer the heat of the water encourages it to blossom quicker when water is boiled, it loses oxygen, which causes a drop in the waters natural flavor as the fresh mineral element of the water is lost if the water is allowed to reach boiling point. For this reason it is much better to use water that has not been allowed to attain boiling point.

Place 1 Blooming tea bundle in a Glass Teapot or very large wine or brandy glass if the water is not too hot

1. When you brew blooming teas , you want to heat your water to just below boiling, about 190°F/86°C.

2. Place the flowering tea bundle in a clear pot or large glass cup, or tumbler and pour the heated water over the tea. This is not an essential point but I may as well mention it anyway I always add my tea blossom to the water not the other way round ,the tea ball seems to lose fewer pieces if you add the ball to the water then their is less need to employ a tea strainer. The tea bundle will float on the top for a little while until it has absorbed some water and then it will sink to the bottom of the glass teapot

3. Let the blossoming tea brew for 5-6 minutes, or to your desired strength. at which point the flower blossom should be fully unfurled.

4. You may re-infuse the flowering tea 3-4 times just by adding heated water once again to the tea blossom once the tea has been consumed, allow the blossom to infuse for an additional 5-6 minutes each time. (or at least that’s what it says on most blooming tea packaging) it is my experience that yes you can reuse the blooming tea blossom definitely a second time sometimes this second brewing is actually more flavorful than the fist on a third infusing I find that the taste is considerably diminished it is my personal preference not to re brew my blooming tea a third time but that could just reflect my personal tastes or selection of blooming teas try it yourself and see.

In general, blooming teas can be brewed longer than other teas and does not become bitter or stewed when they have been left to steep for an an extended time.The longer brewing time of the blooming tea also allows you to fully enjoy the floral display put on within your tea cup or tea pot. Personally I prefer to decant my tea through a tea strainer from pot to cup to remove any stray tea leaves or flower particles.

It is suggested that These blooming teas are best served as a digestive aid after a meal when their subtle taste and table top dance will be most appreciated. Historically speaking , blooming teas were used artistically to impress visiting royalty and celebrate special occasions or Chinese holidays how ever where ever possible it is my personal preference to enjoy the small luxury of flowering tea alone idle chatter often breaks its magic spell , I brew a pot of blooming tea to either pamper myself sometimes as a reward for something achieved that passes unrecognized by the rest of my family a mini celebration if you like or I drink flowering tea to chase away some of life’s troubles a little oasis of peace and tranquility in an otherwise stressful life or so it seems at times. My favorite time of day for blooming tea is the middle of a hot sunny afternoon sitting on my deck at a table that overlooks my fish pond , where gentle summer breezes waft the mixed scents of garden flowers across the table with the sound of lapping water the feel of the suns heat on my skin and the sensation that my senses are being assailed from all directions by sweet scented floral perfumes making me feel as if I am almost floating in a giant teacup of blooming tea myself and what a heavenly hypnotic sensation that is.

What do I serve with blooming tea, because the flavor of the blooming tea is both subtle and gentle I find it pleasant to combine it with strong tasting cakes and cookies as an afternoon treat such as Garibaldi biscuits or to be really decadent a slice of black forest gateau. The delicate taste of blooming tea also combines well with fish its also a very pleasant accompaniment to cheese and crackers both the hard strong cheeses such as Stilton or red Windsor but the milder flavors of the varied selection of spreading cheeses produced by Kraft I particularly enjoy the salmon flavored one served with a few slices of cucumber.

 

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