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How To Steep Blooming Tea

How To Steep Blooming Tea
May 4, 2015 4 comments

We all love to watch those blooming flower teas opening up in Youtube videos online. Most tea lovers simply can't wait and will directly decide to buy flowering tea balls to steep and see for themselves. But how do you steep a tea flower? And what teaware should you use? These questions are answered right below.

Use a Glass Teapot

Like all teas, brewing the perfect cup starts with choosing the right tools. For blooming tea, it's a glass teapot. After all, you want to perfectly enjoy the view of this natural wnder. But we aren't there yet, because there are more things to consider when choosing the right glass teapot.

First of all, the glass teaware should also have a relatively wide base to allow the tea to open fully. Teapots with a base that is 3 to 5 inches (8-13cm) wide are the best. Bigger is ok, but the flowering tea might not open up nicely centered in the middle of the teapot.

Secondly, because some types of blooming tea open up with a relatively tall flower, you do want to use a teapot that can let the flower stand up straight. The height of the teapot should therefore be not less than 8 cm (3 inch) in height. Based on our guidelines above, you usually end up with a teapot that can contain 300-500 ml (10-15 oz) water.

With the right glass teapot you are now ready to go! In the next part we will explain further what temperature and steeping time to apply.

Steeping Temperature and Time

The First Steep

For the first steep our focus is to let the blooming flower 'bloom' properly. As blooming teas are tightly bundled, it is essential to use water just below boiling point for them to properly bloom. It only takes a minute or 2 for a flowering tea to bloom and another 1 minute to fully unfurl. As soon as it reaches full bloom, it is ready to be poured over gently for your first cup of tea. The first steep will have a strong flavor with an intense aroma of the flowers that are used.

The Second/Third Steep

In contrary to what most first time blooming tea drinkers believe, this tea type can be more than once! Generally, flowering tea can be brewed up to 3 times, with changing flavors during every steep. So let's discuss how you can approach this after the first steep below.

Right after pouring out the first brew, you can refill the teapot directly to enjoy the view of the tea flower that has now opened up, while drinking the first cup. Another benefit of this is that the next pot is ready to be enjoyed as soon as you finish your first. Make sure however to avoid pouring water directly on top of an already-bloomed flower so as not to disrupt its elegance and beauty—pour water along the side of the glass teapot instead.

During this stage, you are actually more free to experiment with different temperatures and steeping times. The secret is to use the result of the first steep as a reference. If the first round was too strong, try a lower temperature or reduce the steeping time. If it was too light, then increase the steeping time.

The perfect cup of blooming tea all begins with clean, fresh water. To keep the unique nuances of your tea's flavor and aroma, it is best to avoid using tap water as it contains chlorine, fluoride, and other strong chemicals. Instead, use spring water or filtered water to achieve that perfectly brewed tea.

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Diane Hicklin January 2, 2016 at 11:53 PM
Thank you for an interesting article. Can you recommend a particular glass teapot for blooming tea, and where can I buy them from? I will avoid tap water in future and use bottled or filtered as our water always smells particularly chloriney.
Sam Lin January 3, 2016 at 7:37 PM
Hi there! Have a look in the teapots category under 'teaware'. There are many glass teapots in there. The ones without infuser/filter are perfect for blooming tea.
Margaret January 8, 2016 at 12:34 PM
This is so helpful! How are tea flowers harvested? Do they ever expire? Can I reuse the flower with another hot water cycle? Thanks!
Sam January 10, 2016 at 12:07 AM
The flowers are handpicked and carefully dried before they are used to stitch them into those blooms. You definitely can resteep it for 2 to 3 times!