Floral Tea and Flowers
The difference between floral tea and flowers is that the former does not contain any petals, but rather tea that has absorbed the fragrance of flowers. About 1,000 years ago during the Song Dynasty, there were records of tributing green tea with spices to the royal family. During late Song Dynasty, people worried that adding spices might alert tea flavour, and thus no longer advocated using spices to smoke tea. Floral tea regained its popularity when it came to the Ming Dynasty, which was already 300 years after the Song Dynasty. Ming Dynasty served as an era where Chinese tea’s development and craftsmanship leapfrogged, laying a solid foundation for floral tea moving forward.
Since many types of floral tea exist, their colors and flavours cannot be generalized. However, floral teas in general exhibit a clear and bright colour after brewing while having a pleasantly combined aroma of tea and flowers.