Flowering Tea

The Blooming Art of Making Tea


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The beauty of a Flowering Tea is an exquisite experience not only in flavour but also to behold.

To watch a blooming tea unfold its leaves and flower in your teapot will give you a sense of relaxation unlike any other.

This magnificent Chinese art of folding tea into small balls will add to your experience and at the same time let you enjoy the health benefits of tea.


These peculiar tea balls come in many sizes and transform themselves into beautiful flowers when placed into hot water, offering you a restful and refreshing moment.

So take the wonder and pleasure of drinking tea to another level and prepare yourself a cup of blooming tea. If there is a tea that invites you to share your teatime with friends and family it is certainly this one.





Before having a sip of this fragrant tea, let’s first find out how this art form found its way to the world.


Flowering Tea – From China to the World

When looking for this tea, you may come across many designations, being the most popular among tea connoisseurs Flowering tea and Blooming tea. Nevertheless, don’t be surprised to see it called artisan tea, display tea, art tea, crafted tea, hand-crafted tea and China special tea.

The craft of tea folding is an ancient Chinese art that was reinvented in 1980’s with the creation of new blooms and styles.

In the beginning of the 21st century, blooming tea became increasingly popular in the West and today its presence is definately well established among tea lovers around the world.

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Initially, blooming teas were not produced for consumption as the leaves serving as base were of poor quality, resulting in a bitter flavour.

The main objective was merely to enchant people, to offer them a visually stunning experience and a moment of pure relaxation.

As it gained popularity, blooming tea started to be exported to other continents.

So premium quality teas were now used to provide tea lovers the perfect experience – an unforgettable sight and a tasteful drink.

To create this amazing tea, loose leaf green tea is most commonly chosen, but you may also find oolong tea, black tea or white tea serving as base to produce the tea balls.

Imagine yourself sitting at home, perhaps reading a book and having the pleasure of beholding a tea ball unfolding in the water and turning into a beautiful flower. Fantastic, isn’t it?


Producing Flowering Tea

Tea buds, mostly from premium green tea, are handpicked in early spring, in the morning, before buds have a chance to open.

The leaves are then hand sewn with cotton thread and tied to flowers like jasmine, hibiscus, chrysanthemum or rose by skillful Chinese artisans in order to make rosettes.

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While the leaves are still moist, they can be shaped into balls, mushrooms, cones or other shapes and then undergo drying, oxidation and firing.

Some of these flowering tea shapes can take a minute to sew while others may take up to 10 minutes, depending on the design the artisan wishes to create.

Chinese tradition says, blooming tea symbolizes long life and harmony, making it the perfect treat to enjoy with your family and friends.


Flowering Tea – A Healthy Beverage

As the leaves dance gently inside your glass teapot, blooming tea gives you movement, vibration and also powerful health benefits.

Mostly made with loose leaf green tea, this fragrant tea allows you to enjoy the amazing green tea health benefits along with a relaxing experience.

If you wish to lose body fat, lower blood pressure, prevent heart diseases or boost your immune system, try blooming tea and you won’t regret it! Find out more on the green tea health benefits and make the best out of your experience.

Also depending on the herb used to create the flower in this blooming tea, you may enjoy many other health benefits. For example, hibiscus flowers can help you lower blood pressure while jasmine is great for improving your digestion.

Check out the Herbal Teas section for more information on each of these herbal infusions.






Flowering Tea Side Effects

When drinking blooming tea, you should beware of its caffeine content. Although caffeine in tea is less than coffee, even caffeine in green tea may be harmful if taken in excess.

If you are pregnant, you should reduce your consumption of tea to more or less two cups a day and always consult with your doctor first.

It is also important to know what herb has been sewn into your blooming tea, get to know its side effects. For example, hibiscus is not advisable if you have low blood pressure.


Drinking Flowering Tea

It’s time to enjoy a singular visual experience. This splendid infusion will give you a flowery scent and a lingering taste.

To bring out the best of your tea and sense all its wonderful notes take time to discover How to Brew Flowering Tea.


Things you will need:

- A glass teapot
- Flowering tea ball
- Four cups of water

  • Always use a transparent glass teapot. This is a crucial element in the process. You will want to see the ball of tea unfolding and turning into a beautiful flower. It is absolutely magical and always a surprise!

  • Make sure you use spring water. You must protect the flavour of your tea, to fully enjoy its taste.

  • It’s time to heat up the water. If you are using black tea or oolong tea leaves, you should bring water to a boil around 85ºC - 90ºC (185ºF – 194ºF).

  • On the other hand, if you chose to go with loose leaf green tea or white tea, you mustn’t boil the water as it will ruin your tea. Keep it around 70ºC (160ºF).

  • Place the ball of tea inside the glass teapot and pour the hot water on it slowly. Now the magic will begin!

  • Let your blooming tea steep for five to ten minutes. The ball of tea will slowly unfold, almost like it is alive and dancing. Allow it to fully open.

    Regular teas become bitter fast, but blooming teas do have to undergo longer steeping times to fully bloom, so you don’t have to worry about it. It won’t ruin the flavour.

    Choose tea balls made with green tea, so they can withstand longer steeping times without making your tea too strong to drink.

  • Your tea is ready to be served. Pour it into tea cups and you may re-steep it two or three times more.


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This is the perfect tea to offer as a gift to friends and family, to have as table decorations, to help you meditate and relax after a long day at work or to simple enjoy its floral scent and subtle flavour.

Here’s a tip for a different tea party. Instead of serving ready-brewed tea from one big teapot, arrange to have a smaller glass teapot for each guest. Pour the hot water in their presence and let them enjoy the blooming moment.

Choose different blooming teas per guest and let your room be filled with different colours and scents.



Buy Your Flowering Tea Today!


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This is so much more than a simple cup of tea, it is a whole new away of experiencing tea.

Fun, beautiful and with wonderful lychee and cantaloupe aroma, watch as a tea flower opens up to reveal its secrets.





This is certainly a different, enthralling and healthy tea. Try it!


It may just be your right tea.




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”In the Taste of a single cup of tea you will eventually discover the truth of all the ten thousand forms in the universe.”
- Attributed to Kyongbong Sunim, Ch'an (Zen) Master


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