My aunt (okay, not really my aunt, but my mother’s best friend for 50+ years, who I call my aunt) and her husband are both avid tea drinkers. For months, they have been trying to get me to try their favorite tea brand – In Pursuit of Tea. I hadn’t gotten around to ordering tea from there, but they took care of that problem by giving me some In Pursuit of Tea for Christmas. I’ve really been enjoying the teas that they gave me and thought that I would share. So, this edition of tea time features In Pursuit of Tea… Flower Craft, White Peony (Shou Mei), and Elder Flower.
Flower craft - beautiful blooming tea
Flower Craft – green tea, various Chinese flowers.
Flower craft - before it expands
I got an entire set of flowering teas for Christmas with a beautiful glass tea pot to watch the flowers bloom. I wish I had that tea pot the morning I decided to give Flower Craft a try. The tea comes in this tightly wound up ball and I didn’t really know what I was expecting. So I added hot water and as the tea pouch said, I watched the show. It was incredible. This tiny little compact bud came to life. It was gorgeous to watch, but I couldn’t watch it forever, so I finally removed the bud and took a sip of the tea. It had a great flavor and I’m happy to say that even with enjoying the show, I didn’t over steep the tea. This is a very delicate green tea, with subtle notes of the flowers that were in the package of tea leaves. It was a nice accompaniment to my breakfast the day I tried this. With only one bud left to steep though, I’ve decided I’ll save it for when I can observe it bloom in the glass tea pot. This was a very enjoyable green tea and the little caffeine kick that I needed the morning I enjoyed it.
White Peony (Shou Mei) – white tea
As you’ve probably read before, I prefer lighter teas (not that I don’t like black teas, but white teas are almost always my preference). And this tea is a nice light and slightly flowery white tea. The package describes it as having a lingering taste of bean sprouts and hints of chocolate. I do taste those elements, the chocolate being only a very tiny hint. It’s refreshing and was definitely the caffeine kick that I needed this morning. It’s interesting to me, how this tea is so similar and yet so different from the other white peony teas that I have in my cabinet. It’s amazing to me that where a tea variety is grown has so much of an impact on the flavor. I may have to do a study all about this sometime. For now though, this tea is light, bright, and a good variation on the other white peony varieties that I have.
Elder Flower tea
Elder Flower – tiny yellow blossoms of Elderflower
Elder Flower tea
I’ve heard of elderberries before, but never of elderflowers. Elderberries are in some of my favorite natural remedies. And now that I’ve done a little reading, I’ve learned that elderflowers carry many of the same benefits. It’s suggested that these are ideal for coughs, colds, and flu, even sinusitis. And may be useful in fighting a fever. This was then probably one of the better varieties of tea to get in the winter when I’m commonly fighting off coughs, colds, and sinusitis (thank you allergies). The flowers are so tiny. If you didn’t know better, you would think that it was potpourri since the flowers are so pretty. The tea definitely doesn’t have a medicinal taste, but it also doesn’t have the same flowery taste that I get with hibiscus or rose teas. It’s harder to explain. Also, there’s no underlying natural sweetness that many of the other flowery teas tend to have. It’s a nice caffeine free herbal and as I drink it, I can feel how it can help clear my nasal passages. I’m not sure that this will be an everyday tea for me, but I definitely expect to enjoy it when I’m experiencing a cold, cough, or sinus troubles.
I’m very happy that I received these teas as a gift, sparking me to give In Pursuit of Tea a try. I look forward to searching their website to find more teas that I might enjoy to give a try. And maybe more flowering teas that are pretty to look at. In the upcoming weeks, I am excited to be able to feature the flowering teas that I received as a Christmas gift from another friend.
Have you had tea time recently? Do you have a favorite flowering tea? What tea should I try next?