Leaf Type: Green (Flowering)
Where to Buy: Dragon Tea House
A delicate flower blooms inside this ball tea just before tiny flowers slowly cascade upward like Champagne bubbles. The flowers add their enlivening fragrance and strong taste to this delectably smooth green tea. Our Ball offers one of the most artful spectacles in tea. This blooming tea has an original shape of an tiny ball and when put in boiling water a bouquet of tea leaves and flower. The aromas of both flowers and tea leaves are very well preserved and these exceptional teas develop a wonderful flavor and create at the same time a beautiful “table decoration”.
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This tea is really beautiful, and I am thrilled at how quickly the leaves opened to reveal the display of flowers inside. Sometimes, with blossoming teas like this, it takes two or sometimes even three infusions before the tea bulb fully opens, but, I got a beautiful show after steeping for just four minutes.
The flavor is a little less impressive. It tastes alright, don’t get me wrong, and I was able to drink not just the first cup but a second infusion as well, and I enjoyed them both.
This has a stronger green tea taste than some of the other blooming teas, and that may have something to do with it. It has a stronger vegetal taste, and a very faint jasmine note. It’s pleasant enough, and as I continued to drink, a soft buttery tone developed that I liked.
While these pictures are really lovely, I have to say that I think it’s even more breathtaking in person. If you’ve not yet brewed a blooming tea, what are you waiting for? You should get yourself a glass teapot or mug, and try some blooming teas! I have a mug with a glass infuser, which makes it very easy to enjoy the unfurling of the leaves, the finished display, and it is also very easy to remove the tea from the mug to enjoy the tea. I don’t drink blooming teas very often, I would say that I try to have one at least once a week, if for no other reason than the release of stress that I get from watching the unfurling process.
And while this isn’t my favorite blooming tea that I’ve ever had, I will say that I’m really impressed with Dragon Tea House’s vast selection of teas, including some Yellow teas. Fair prices too!