Monday, September 6, 2010

Blooming teas from Tea Beyond--a whole new tea experience!

We just got our shipment of blooming teas from Tea Beyond and today we had some time for brewing and actually tasting it to see what all the buzz was about. What can I say. It left me absolutely speechless. The amazing aroma and abundance of flavor is unbelievable. Worth absolutely every penny. Just watching the bloom unfold is almost a religious experience by itself.

The blooms are so beautiful that you can use it not just for brewing tea but even for interior decoration. Put the bloom into any clear glass container filled with water and voila, a beautiful and unique flower arrangement. 

Tea blooms available in various assortments and in various gift packaging, prices vary from $15 to $55.

Tea Fame Collection includes four blooms total, one of each of the following:  Sola (chamomile like aroma and taste, mild, spicy & refreshing, ingredients: rarest high mountain silver needle green tea, English marigold), Intimatea (long lasting jasmine aroma, delightful and charming with well balanced taste, ingredients: rarest high mountain silver needle green tea, globe amaranth, jasmine), Royal Red (long lasting sweet olive (osmanthus) aroma with sweet aftertaste, ingredients: rarest high mountain liver needle green tea, lily, sweet olive (osmanthus)), Blossom of Snow (chamomile like aroma with the hint of citron note, mild and delicate tastes, ingredients: high mountain silver needle green tea, citron, English marigold).

Grade A Collection includes four blooms total, one of each of the following: L.T. -- calming and detoxifying (rich notes of jasmine, long lasting after taste, ingredients: grade A silver needle green tea and jasmine flowers), V.T. -- slimming & balancing (delicate notes of carnation, sweet and soft aroma, splendid pink blossom, ingredients: grade A silver needle green tea and carnation), K.T. -- soothing and Tonic (sunny hue, mild notes of English marigold and lyric picture, ingredients: grade A silver needle green tea, lily and English marigold), J.T. -- energizing and balancing (subtle sweet tastes of peony, marvekous blossom, ingredients: grade A silver needle green tea and peony).

Want to throw a tea party that's actually fun?  Serve lightly alcoholic tea punch!  Your guests are guaranteed to have the most unforgettable experience.  Here's a recipe:

Exotic Blooming Tea Punch Recipe

Best for: wedding, baby shower, Birthday party, etc.
Preparation time: 20 minutes plus 2-3 hours to chill.  Makes 20-24 servings.

1 cup sugar
6 cups of spring water
1/4 cup of lemon juice
1/2 cup of Tequila
4 Blooming tea blossoms
2 cups of grapefruit juice
1/4 cup of Vodka
2.5 cups of apple juice
Strawberry ice cubes (fill ice cube mold with ginger ale and add whole/pieced strawberries to each cube.  Freeze to use.  Please allow a few hours to process.  Don't want to mess with fresh strawberries?  Just add frozen strawberries later)


1.  Boil spring water to boiling point.  Drop 4 blooms to brew for 15 minutes or longer for desired strength.  Add 1 cup of sugar.
2.  Mix apple juice, lemon juice, grape fruit juice, tequila and vodka in a punch bowl.
3.  Let it stand for 15 minutes and mix in all liquids together.  Cover with plastic wrap and put in the refrigerator to chill for 2-3 hours.

When serving, float strawberry ice cubes in punch bowl.

Tea blossom before water is added     Tea blossom after water is added

Clear glass Romeo teapot $43

  Clear glass Juliet teapot $43

Clear glass cup with saucer $16

Use blooming tea as interior decor--display it in any clear glass container. 
Vintage fishbowl $1,180.

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