Name: Chinese Flower
Brand: Harney & Sons
Type: Flavored green tea
Form: Available in both teabags and loose-leaf
Review: This is one of those teas that is both a pleasure to look at as well as to drink. The gorgeous dry leaf is a blend of Chinese green tea and dried flower petals (Harney & Sons describes the petals as from “three types of flowers”. I’m not sure, but I suspect that they are cornflower, marigold and rose petals.) In any case, the blue, yellow, and pink petals are a visually stunning addition to the green tea. Harney & Sons also added some citrus flavoring to the blend, giving the dry leaf a subtly citrus/floral nose.
The tea infuses to a slightly dull olive green, with a soft citrus nose. The body of this tea is surprisingly light, making it a good tea for warmer months. The slightly nutty green tea flavor is complimented well by the citrus flavorings. The floral flavor, on the other hand, is extremely subtle: I only really detected it at the finish. I did find this to be a very refined brew, and kept visualizing myself drinking it out of a dainty china teacup in a Victorian tearoom somewhere. I would be disinclined, however, to serve it with food: The flavor is best savored on its own.
Preparation Tips: This is a green tea with a lot of flower petals, which means that it can be easily ruined by too-hot water. I’d bring the water temperature down to 175F or so, just to be on the safe side. Don’t let it steep too long, either: It has plenty of flavor, and a long steep time will result in a bitter, disagreeable, and overly astringent brew. A minute should work well for most people, but, as always, experiment to see what works best for you.
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