Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Flowering Tea - China

You know how you come across something for the very first time and then you see it everywhere?

That's kind of how I feel about this tea.

I finally found some at Marshalls, bought it and put it in the girl's Christmas stocking.

This morning we made the tea. Since I don't have a glass tea pot or a glass tea mug - it wasn't as spectacular to witness the flower opening up in a ceramic-ish mug. But the kids were sufficiently impressed. After it had opened quite a bit - I transfered the "flower" to a clear plastic container and poured in more water.

The tea is "Earl Grey Black Tea" - but it's not your typical Earl Grey...there were some other flavors mixed in - as the boy stated - it tastes like it smells. And it did smell nice - but I prefer to wear rather than drink perfume.

Ingredients: black tea, jasmine flower, chrysanthemum, globe amaranth flower, carnation, tropaeolum, aristolochia debilis si, calendula officinalis, bergamot flavouring.

The girl had a couple of sips and declared she didn't really like it either.

Now I know there are varying flowers in the flowering tea department - perhaps the others are more flower looking than ours. To me it looked like a bunch of dried up twigs in a flower formation with a little flower-ish thing in the middle. Overall it was some relatively cheap fun.


CanadianGrandma said...

How quaint! I wonder whether this is the same tea that I tried in Ontario last summer...I had asked for Earl Grey and when I tasted it I could not finish it. It,too, tasted perfumey! Normally I drink Red Rose Pekoe Tea, but they didn't have it.

Karla @ Ramblin' Roads said...

That is very cool! I haven't seen it. I'll have to watch for it.

I like most teas, but the one I tasted once and didn't care for was jasmine... so yeah, I'd look for one that didn't have jasmine in it.