Love Tea - Twinings Flowering Teas
19 January 2012
Love Tea, a flowering tea, from the Fujian province, China.
Love Tea - Brewed
“The ‘Love Tea’ is an extension of the Treasure Teas of China, also referred to as the Blooming teas, these teas are almost 100% handmade ”
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WHERE IS LOVE TEA FROM?
Love Tea is a fascinating tea that comes from the Fujian
province of China. It's a hugely famous tea growing region,
the largest in China and is the producer of a fifth of all teas in
China. As well as being China's largest tea producing region,
Fujian is home to an amazing range of white, black and green
The 'Love Tea' is an extension of the Treasure Teas of China,
also referred to as the Blooming teas. These teas are almost
100% handmade, using a very bespoke production process which
involves a huge amount of manual dexterity. Because it is so
time intensive to produce, it is done so in very nominal
quantities, making it a real work of art.
The tea is made using only the finest quality teas picked in
springtime and it takes 2 to 3 days to make just a couple of cubes
of this beautiful tea. The speciality of this production of this
tea is amazing and in a year, we'll be lucky if more than 20-30kgs
of this tea is produced.
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WHAT MAKES LOVE TEA SO SPECIAL AND HOW IS IT
'Love tea' can be made from both white and green tea buds. The
one we are seeing today is made from the White buds of the tea
plant, and there are around 50-60 buds in every single heart.
White Tea lends itself well to this brew as it a fairly neutral
liquor which is light in colour and taste. The tea itself is
simply a very young bud off the tea plant which is sun dried -
there is very minimal mechanical process involved at all. The
teas are hand strewn together and in the middle are strewn 3
flowers; a Jasmine flower, Globe Amaranth(Gomphrena globosa)and
Lily. This truly is a very special tea, particularly as most
blooming teas rarely have up to 3 flowers inside them.
Love Tea - Heart Shaped White Flowering
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THE LEGEND BEHIND LOVE
When negotiating the purchase of this tea with our Supplier, he
told me the legend that sits behind it. The story goes that
around 150 years ago, a small tea farmer's daughter fell in love
with a young boy. She wanted to give him something very
special as a present, but couldn't think of what to give. One
day, when hand strewing tea with her parents, she thought about
making a heart shaped tea - the 'Love Tea' that we are talking
about today. After several failed attempts, she got the perfect
The boy loved the tea and they were soon married and lived
happily ever after. The legend lives on in the form of the Love
Tea. Today, the tea is very popular with young people in China,
particularly around Valentine's Day.
HOW TO BREW LOVE TEA
The most amazing thing about this tea is as you brew it, you
have the joy of watching the tea leaves and flowers unfurl and
bloom into such a beautiful sight.
Put just 1 of the 'Love Tea' hearts into a tall glass; something
clear, so you can enjoy the sight of tea leaves absorb water,
allowing the flowers room to bloom. Poor boiling water over
the heart, an watch it unfurl. Brewing times vary, but most
people brew it for 3-5 minutes. We recommend you don't worry
about it too much and just enjoy the experience of watching the tea
leaves unfurl and the flowers come into bloom. It is just so
captivating to watch and the joy is however long you brew this tea
for, it won't become bitter.
As you watch the tea brew and the leaves unfurl, you will first
see the white Jasmine flower start to appear. As this
blooms, you will quickly see the larger Lily appear from this
beautiful heart, and the pink Globe Amaranth in the centre.
The liquor itself is light in colour and very clear, allowing
you to take in the visual sight of the bloomed flowers - it is a
The aroma and taste of 'Love Tea'
The first aroma you get from this tea is slightly herbaceous
followed by a slightly toasty note - a really soothing smell;
really light and soft.
On first taste, again you will get that herbaceous not but as
you let it linger on the palette, it has a slight honey note to it;
some people even like to enhance this sweetness with the addition
of a little honey or sugar.
This is one of the few teas that doesn't become bitter.
Even after 4 or more minutes of brewing, it becomes almost sweeter
in flavour as the flavanoids from the flowers such as the Jasmine
start to come out.
The beauty of this tea is that you can use the flower 3-4 times,
continuing to brew more of this decadent tea.
It is absolutely perfect with something sweet to compliment it;
perhaps a couple of chocolates - ideal on Valentine's Day. It
is also such an beautiful sight to watch this tea brew that it is a
great experience to share with your loved one
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