How to Brew Blooming Tea
Most tea lovers simply can't wait and will directly decide to buy blooming tea balls to steep and see for themselves. But how do you steep a tea flower? And what teaware should you use? These questions are answered right below.
Though you can easily brew blooming teas in a variety of pots (or your mug), a clear glass pot such as those specifically designed for blossoming teas will give you the best show. They can be had rather cheaply, and don't require complex filtration since much of the tea stays at least somewhat together after expansion.
1.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!
2.Make sure you use spring water. You must protect the flavour of your tea, to fully enjoy its taste.
3.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).
5.Place the ball of tea inside the glass teapot and pour the hot water on it slowly. Now the magic will begin!
6.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.
7.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.
8.Choose tea balls made with green tea, so they can withstand longer steeping times without making your tea too strong to drink.
9.Your tea is ready to be served. Pour it into tea cups and you may re-steep it two or three times more
From tea to tea, flower to flower, blossoming teas will vary within a spectrum meant to be light and delicate. May find a green-tea blossom is earthier or nuttier, while the white-tea-enrobed blossoms we tried leaned towards honey and honeysuckle, with unmistakably jasmine overtones.
A variety of blooming teas are available for you. Just pop the tea ball into the hot water and watch it bloom. Fun, beautiful and wonderfully flavorful as well as aromatic. This is a great way to enjoy tea.
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Karina Garcia is sales manager of JK Tea Shop, authentic Chinese Loose Leaf tea supplier, for more information, please visit our website at: jkteashop.com