Ménage à trois Blooming Green Tea Blend #803
Ménage à trois Blooming Green Tea Blend #803

Ménage à trois Blooming Green Tea Blend #803

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Yunnan, the southernmost province in the People's Republic of China is also the country's largest producer of flowers. In 2003 the province, which covers roughly 394,000 square kms or 4.1% of China's landmass, grew more than 3 billion flowers commercially! 3 billion! That's the equivalent of 3 stems for each of China's 1 billion citizens. Now that's a lot of flowers. The high production numbers have secured Yunnan's position as China's top flower producing region for more than 10 years straight. During those years, the province's Carnations, Forget-Me-Nots, Lilies, Osmanthus and Jasmine flowers have account for 45% of China's total annual floral exports.

As every good tea-drinker knows, Yunnan is also famous for growing tea. So it seems only natural that given the prominence of the local floral industry, tea artisans would create a tea in its honor. The idea behind the tea is that as it brews, it unfolds and mimics the way the lush Yunnan countryside bursts open with color in the springtime. The tea is produced by tying Lily, Osmanthus and Jasmine blooms together with steamed full leaves of Yunnan green tea. As the tea dries, the flowers are held inside the way seeds are concealed in the damp earth. Drop the tea into a glass pitcher, infuse it and watch the miraculous bloom unfold. The cup, like springtime in Yunnan is bright, with a very full green taste layered with overtones of cut peach and layered undertones of jasmine and lily perfume. Makes a perfect gift - an absolutely wonderful tea!

Ingredients: Green tea, crysanthemum lily flowers, jasmine flowers, osmanthus flowers.

Country of Origin: China - Yunnan Province - Artisan Handcrafted

How to Use: Place 1 tea ball into a 3-4 cup glass teapot and add freshly boiled water that has cooled to 185-194 F. Allow the tea to brew for at least 5 minutes. Initially the tea ball will float but as it loses the trapped air during the steeping process it will sink if you have used boiling water. Once the tea ball has opened to its full potential the tea can be consumed.

Size Options: 1 Pod; 4 Pods