I have always enjoyed watching blooming teas as they steep – they open up so gracefully and reveal a delicate little flower (or flowers!) inside the tender green leaves. This tea, with its delicate green leaves with silvery tips, was pressed compactly into a heart shape. The aroma is vaguely reminiscent of jasmine pearls – a very fresh scent with a whisper of jasmine perfume.
After placing the heart in my glass teacup and pouring the hot water over it, I watched in eager anticipation, not just for the revelation of the showy display, but also for the tea itself – after all, it smells like jasmine, by this time, I’m hoping it tastes just as good as it smells.
And I was not disappointed. The pale amber tea possesses a very faint, sweet floral undertone, but even more delightful (and quite unexpected) was the buttery flavor that washed over my palate. This tea has a very rich, smooth flavor that is so good. There is absolutely no hint of bitterness, and just a slight edge of astringency that is curbed pleasantly by the sweet, buttery essence of the tea.
GrandTea.com describes this tea as
Blooming tea is a small bundle of dry tea leaves and flowers hand-embroidered together with cotton thread into a ball. When steeped, the ball opens up and transforms into a bouquet of flower. Heart of Love blooming teas are made of spring harvest tea leafs, the taste is gentle and delicious.
I steeped this tea twice, and it produced two very flavorful infusions. It wasn’t until the second infusion that the heart completely bloomed and revealed a delicate cream, gold and burgundy colored bouquet.
This tea tastes great without any sweetener. My only complaint would be that I would have liked the jasmine flavor to be a bit more pronounced. However, I found that the complex layers of flavor here were very unexpected and delicious. This is a tea that you’ll not only enjoy watching it brew, but enjoy drinking it just as much – if not more!