The Tea Detective
Uncovering and Exploring the Facts About Tea
Blooming Teas Provide a Delightful
Treat for the Senses
Blooming teas go by many names, including display teas, presentation teas,
artisan, and treasure teas and flower teas.  In China they're known as "hui fa
cha."  Handmade by skilled artisans, using supple
black tea, green, white, or
oolong tea leaves and silk thread, bundles of buds are fashioned together to
form fun, interesting, and elegant shapes.
Originating in China, bloom-
ing teas are now available in most tea
producing regions, using high quality tea,
making them refreshing and delicious to
drink, as well as entertaining to watch.

Using various flower buds, the silk-thread-
tied bundles transform into flowers, fruits,
baskets, or bird's nests when exposed to hot
water.

As the tea
steeps and absorbs water, the
shape begins to take form, gracefully
emerging into beautiful lilies, jasmine, and
other fanciful shapes.

Presentation teas
were banned dur-
ing the cultural revolution because they were thought of as being
wasteful and frivolous.

But today blooming teas are once again becoming part of the renew-
ed interest and appreciation of the cultural and artistic enjoyment of
tea, stealing the hearts of tea drinkers everywhere, with new flavors and forms being added
frequently.

                                                  Blooming teas provide an interesting topic of conversation and
                                                  a tasteful and festive finish to dinner, baby or wedding showers,
                                                  or any get-together of friends or family.

                                                  Brewed in a glass teapot, brandy snifter, or large wine glass,
                                                  the fanciful shapes "blossom" right before your eyes.

                                                  If you're looking for a unique form of entertainment for your
                                                  guests, blooming teas will definitely fit the bill.

                                                  Once brewed, they can be used as a small table arrangement in
place of fresh flowers.  Like fresh flowers, display teas will keep for up to a week if the water is
kept fresh and changed daily.  
Enjoy.
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