It is officially Summer and the garden tea party season is in full swing.
Tables everywhere are being adorned by pretty tableware, flowers and cakes.
Let’s make ours stand out with JING’s hand tied flowering teas, found inside those cute golden packets above. JING’s flowering tea are made of green tea buds and beautiful aromatic flowers.
What’s inside this glass tea pot may look unassuming, but it is a hand tied tea bulb of flowering Jasmine and Lily, ready to unleash its beauty.
Flowering teas originated from the Fujian province of China, where the flower tying skills reside.
The green or white teas are processed with their whole leaves intact and the flowers are dried as per herbal teas.
When the components are ready, the tea leaves are moistened to become flexible and bundled up with the flowers to be tied by hand. Once finished, the tea is dried again and ready to pack.
Watch this “Theatre of Tea” as the bulb unfurls, to reveal its inner flowering beauty.
Here are some tips on how to make the perfect cup:
1. Place a bulb of flowering tea in the middle of a tall glass.
2. Add 250ml – 400ml of boiling water (it must be boiling or the bulb won’t open).
3. Infuse until the flower opens.
4. Re infuse with boiling water for 2-3 minutes.
5. Drink in the same way the Chinese do when adding leaves direct to the cup: once cool, drink top half then top up again with hot water, as the bottom half will be too strong. Here is a close up view of the Jasmine and Lily flower. So pretty on the party table Sure to impress friends and family visiting right? Not only is it visually stunning, but the fragrance from the tea is so uplifting.
You’ll have to try it to experience what I mean. I’ve used this Tea-iere from JING to filter out the flower when pouring. Anyone fancy a cup of Jasmine and Lily tea?
Alternatively, you can get the fragrant Osmanthus flowering tea too.
Hope you’ve enjoyed this ‘how to give your tea party table a little something special’ post.
If you want to see how the tea is tied and watch it unfurl with water, then do take a peek at this short video.
Happy mid week all.
( All photography and styling are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. This is a sponsored collaboration post with JING tea, but all opinions are my own).