All young and middle aged tea plants produce a flush of flowers each autumn. These are some of those flowers. They have a very gentle floral taste, not as sweet and aromatic as osmanthus nor as overpowering as jasmine when brewed with tea leaves. We recommenced these flowers are infused with your favorite green tea, perhaps with the leaves picked from the very same bushes. When brewed with green tea, the flowers diminish some of green tea's characteristic sharpness and yield a more complicated, almost woody flavor. Two or three flowers should suffice for one infusion. They are best suited for an extended, single-shot grandpa-style infusion.
This is the first ever One River Tea product that we ourselves have physically taken part in production. Picked and dried in November of 2021, these tea flowers were picked at the Loushuiyuan Cooperative in Hefeng, China. Some were picked by ORT members and some were picked by the Loushuiyuan Cooperative director in their spare time. All of them were slowly dried on the coop-director's living room stovetop.
Because of the low flower yield of Hefeng's indigenous tea trees, two afternoons of picking yielded only half a jin of dried flowers. When they are gone, they're gone!