I don’t remember exactly when I got this tea from Teavivre but it was definitely from this year at some point…
I finally bought myself a glass teapot; until this point I’ve been steeping flowering teas in a glass gaiwan or a larger glass mug and that’s worked ok but there’s something much nicer in having a larger glass pot. It was a whole in my teaware collection I’ve known I need to fill for a while. This was my first time using the pot for a flowering tea though (not the first time in general though) and it WAS pretty magical watching the bloom unfurl in the pot. However, even with the pot completely filled to the top with water this particular bloom just REFUSED to sink to the bottom of the top. I think it was too top heavy or something? I just know those beautiful pink/purple amaranth balls kept leaning to the left and taking the whole bloom with them…
So, I don’t think it was as pretty as it could have been.
Taste wise, it was delightfully soft and silky though! Really gentle, mild notes – even after the bloom had been submerged in the water for a long time. Bitterness is definitely a very really concern with blooming teas, but that just didn’t happen with this tea at all. Definitely a big positive! Apart from just a general delicate sweetness and calming presence, the taste was obviously very floral – jasmine dominant/as the key floral flavour. I also felt like there was a TINY bit of elderflower-type sweetness though. Plus some of the grassy/beany taste of the green tea.
It was a nice experience; I’m glad I got to share the pot with family too – that made it a little more special for me.