Artisan tea, also known as flower, blooming or blossoming tea are unique variety of tea which have gained immense popularity world over for their spectacular beauty, subtle aroma and delicate flavour. They are said to have originated in China, however, the exact origin remains unconfirmed. Producing these artistic tea requires growing quality leaves and deft hand crafting.
The freshest tea leaves are picked early in the blooming tea balls morning while they are still damp. The leaves are flattened and put through the regular tea production procedure of drying, oxidation and firing. Usually, it is the roasted green tea which is used to make flower tea; however, some varieties are also made up of black or oolong tea. These roasted leaves are mixed with flowers to form an integrated product. The freshest flowers in their blossom and with peak fragrance are selected for producing flowering tea. The flowers generally used are jasmine, white orchid, globe amaranth, lily, hibiscus, chrysanthemum, and rose. The mixture of leaves and flowers is tied into a bundle using a soft cotton thread. The bundle is designed into various shapes like cones, mushrooms flowering tea, balls etc. Bundling of tea leaves is a labor intensive and time consuming process requiring great skill and effort. As tea leaves are porous, they have a high tendency to absorb both moisture and scent. The aroma of the flowers seeps into the tea leaves lending artisan teas their renowned floral fragrance.
As a result of moisture present in the mixture, these bundles undergo fermentation which causes an increase in their temperature. As the temperature attains a certain degree, the bundles are shuffled using the “rick” which brings down the temperature and allows the leaves and flowers to “breathe’ again. This process is repeated to fully merge the aroma and flavour of flowers with leaves.
Finally, the flowers are sifted out of the leaves and the leaves are roasted. Some fresh flowers may be added to the leaves again after roasting to further accentuate its floral aroma. The tea is now ready for consumption. The whole process is carried out under natural conditions to preserve the original taste and nutrients of the leaves and flowers.
When steeped, these flower tea bundles expand and unfurl to display a magnificent emulation of blooming of a flower tea. These teas can be brewed for long and repeatedly without getting any bitter tones. Artisan teas are generally steeped and served in transparent glass tea ware to fully enjoy their flowering effect. These teas generate an amazing aura of bright colors and lovely fragrances which can make your mornings beautiful.