Illustrated_review_Feb17_2017_JRCook“This outward spring and garden are a reflection of the inward garden.” -Rumi

Throughout the winter, we bundle up and remain snugged tight for several months. Therefore, it only seems fitting to create a beautiful, warm sanctuary for the soul with blooming tea. Bundled like our bodies, each tea boasts layers of dried leaves wrapped around one or more flowers. While steeping, expanding leaves dance and petals unfurl as a flower rises upward to the rhythm of Spring’s life-giving song of hope and renewal.

Flowering teas trace their roots to 10th century China as art for the royal courts, often displayed as a bud or bloom. Today, the majority tea blooms hail from of the Yunnan Province in China and come in a garden of flavors, the most common being Globe Amaranth, Chrysanthemum, Jasmine, Lily, Hibiscus, and Osmanthus.

Use a glass teapot to fully enjoy this tealightful garden. A glass tea cup too will also allow you a front row seat to watch as the magic unfurls. Beautiful steeped bundles can be infused two or three times without bitterness, too.

The flowering tea illustration is inspired by Camellia Sinensis’ assortment of eight.

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