Floral Teas Bloom with Bountiful Goodness

Fragrant, flavourful, and full of natural goodness - Inside checks out the wonderful array of floral tea and the benefits behind that healthy cuppa!

Issue: May 2014

A cup of floral tea not only provides a fragrant respite but is a healthy brew that can rejuvenate both the body and the mind
A cup of floral tea not only provides a fragrant respite but is a healthy brew that can rejuvenate both the body and the mind

Given that tea began as a medicinal drink in China as early as during the Shang Dynasty (1500 BC – 1046 BC), it should come as no surprise that tea today has been found to have several health benefits. Apart from being good for the body, tea is highly popular (next to water, it is reputed to be the most consumed beverage in the world with 15,000 cups drunk every second) also because it comes in so many different varieties.

The basic green tea, black tea, white tea, oolong tea and pu-erh tea can be flavoured with different fruits, flowers, herbs, spices and even smoke to create new teas. Of these, flowers are the most popular ways of scenting teas to make new blends.

For your truly healthy cuppa, Inside introduces some floral blends and tells you what goodness they bring.

Bloom of the Night – Jasmine Tea

Since jasmines bloom at night, when they are harvested in the morning, the flowers are usually closed. They are then mixed with either green or white tea leaves and stored in a cool place. As the petals open in the night, the tea leaves absorb the fragrance of the flowers through the oils the blooms release. The more times the tea is infused with the fragrant oils, the higher the grade the tea.

(left) Jasmine Dragon Phoenix Pearl Tea from the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf will make you feel like royalty; (right) Aromatic and mildly sweet, Eu Yan Sang's Jasmine Tea will lift your spirits and rejuvenate the body
(Left) Jasmine Dragon Phoenix Pearl Tea from the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf will make you feel like royalty; (right) Aromatic and mildly sweet, Eu Yan Sang's Jasmine Tea will lift your spirits and rejuvenate the body
Photo credit: The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Eu Yan Sang

If you are a bit of a romantic, you will appreciate the effort The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf puts into its Jasmine Dragon Phoenix Pearl Tea (S$26.10). Blended only in March and April when jasmines are in bloom, the flowers and tea never touch. Instead, they are laid side by side to allow the scent of the jasmine to infuse the tea.

Jasmine teas are high in antioxidants and vitamin C, and are known to aid digestion. Researchers in Japan also found that the smell of jasmine tea has a calming effect, helping to reduce heart rate, and relief muscle and joint pains.

Eu Yan Sang’s Jasmine Tea (S$18.50 for 100g pack and S$25.50 for 150g pack) has a delicate aroma and is slightly sweet, promising to alleviate fatigue and lift spirits with its invigorating taste.

Apple of the Eye – Chamomile

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf's Lemon Chamomile Herbal Infusion uses lemon grass and orange peel for a delicate, citrusy flavour
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf's Lemon Chamomile Herbal Infusion uses lemon grass and orange peel for a delicate, citrusy flavour
Photo credit: The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

Chamomile comes from the Greek word for “green apple” and is so named because the flower has an apple-like aroma. Teas scented with the blossom have a sweet fragrance and a fruity flavour. Chamomile tea has a mild sedative effect and is good for helping insomnia. It can boost the immune system and alleviate toothaches, nasal stuffiness, indigestion, and skin irritation.

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf’s Lemon Chamomile Herbal Infusion (S$13.80) is scented with lemon grass from Thailand and orange peel to create a delicate citrus flavor that makes for a refreshing cuppa.

If you want an innovative spin to the usual chamomile tea, Eu Yan Sang has Floral Tea Bird’s Nest Chamomile (S$67.90 for a pack of six 75-gram bottles) which has their fine quality bird’s nest flavoured with the floral tea.

A Rose by Any Other Name – Rose Tea

Delicate rose blossoms and pure gold leaves make TWG Tea Company's Amour de Thé Caviar Tin a luxurious blend
Delicate rose blossoms and pure gold leaves make TWG Tea Company's Amour de Thé Caviar Tin a luxurious blend
Photo credit: TWG Tea Company

When a flower as fragrant as a rose is used to scent tea, the result is quite aromatic. Rose teas or rose hip tea is high in vitamin C which helps the body battle viruses, and is a good source of antioxidants.

TWG Tea Company has 800 teas in its collection sourced from 45 different tea-producing regions. Among their selection is Amour de Thé Caviar Tin (S$70 for 100 grams). It is a sensual TWG Darjeeling that has been turned into a potent potion with the addition of delicate rose blossoms and leaves of pure gold. It is liquid luxury at its best.

More Than Just Your Garden Variety Tea – Hibiscus, Sakuras, and Blue Cornflowers

Hibiscus petals used to infuse black tea creates a brew that is deep red that is somewhat tart. Hibiscus tea is full of antioxidants and is linked to lowering high blood pressure.

TWG Tea Company offers Timeless Tea Caviar Tea Tin (S$40 for 100 grams), a swirling eddy of classic black tea blended with a bouquet of hibiscus and bright flowers. The result is a refreshing blend with a lingering floral aftertaste.

The tea institution also has other exotic blends of floral teas. Sakura! Sakura! Tea (S$40 for 100 grams) is this Spring’s latest offering. The heady green tea is composed of Sakura petals, evoking Kyoto in Spring, to create an elegant and aromatic infusion. French Earl Grey Haute Couture Tea (S$40 for 100 grams) takes the traditional favourite black tea and lifts the experience with an infusion of citrus fruits and French blue cornflowers.

(Left to right) Hibiscus, sakuras, and blue cornflowers - TWG Tea Company uses all these exotic blooms to make their sophisticated selection of teas
(Left to right) Hibiscus, sakuras, and blue cornflowers - TWG Tea Company uses all these exotic blooms to make their sophisticated selection of teas
Photo credit: TWG Tea Company

Golden Goodness – Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemum is often mixed with pu-erh tea to make a golden brew that has an antiseptic quality good for strengthening the liver and gallbladder. The Chinese also believe it has cooling properties good for reducing body heat and is recommended for those with fever, and sore throat.

If you do not have the time to brew your own tea, Eu Yan Sang has ready-to-drink bottles of Ginseng Chrysanthemum Tea (S$2.90 for a 330ml bottle). Ginseng has added advantage of lowering blood sugar, and boosting the immune system.

A Bouquet of Goodness – Blooming Tea

Eu Yan Sang's Five Flower Tea promises to rid the body of toxins and excess heat
Eu Yan Sang's Five Flower Tea promises to rid the body of toxins and excess heat
Photo credit: Eu Yan Sang

If one flower is good, then a bouquet is even better. The Chinese have a tea called the flowering or blooming tea which involves steeping dried tea leaves wrapped around dried flowers. As the bundle brews, it opens up to like a flower. The blooms commonly used in this tea include jasmine, lily, hibiscus, chrysanthemum and osmanthus. The resulting delicate, mellow tea is not only delicious but also lovely to look at.

If all this sounds too complex, try Eu Yan Sang’s Five Flower Tea (S$7.90 for a 120g packet). The pre-mixed flowers have been concocted to rid the body of toxins and excess heat.

Having a cup of flower-scented tea is a multi-sensorial experience. The blooms add not only a pretty blush to the teas, they also flavour the brew with their individual scents and taste. The concoction enhances bodily function and is good for the soul as well. With so much going for floral teas, it is certainly something to drink to!

Drink with us:

TWG Tea Salon & Boutique
2 Orchard Turn
ION Orchard
#02-21
Singapore 238801
Tel: (65) 6735 1837
www.twgtea.com
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
201 Victoria Street
Bugis+
#01-06
Singapore 188067
Tel: (65) 6884 6058
www.coffeebean.com.sg
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
2 Orchard Turn
ION Orchard
#B1-12
Singapore 238801
Tel: (65) 6509 9742
www.coffeebean.com.sg
Eu Yan Sang
9 Bishan Place
Junction 8
#B1-18
Singapore 579837
Tel: (65) 6354 2174
www.euyansang.com.sg
Eu Yan Sang
2 Orchard Turn
ION Orchard
#B4-31/32
Singapore 238801
Tel: (65) 6509 9895
www.euyansang.com.sg
Eu Yan Sang
68 Orchard Road
Plaza Singapura
#B2-09/10
Singapore 238839
Tel: (65) 6238 0735
www.euyansang.com.sg
Eu Yan Sang
230 Victoria Street
Bugis Junction
#B1-03
Singapore 188024
Tel: (65) 6509 9895
www.euyansang.com.sg
Eu Yan Sang
252 North Bridge Road
Raffles City Singapore
#B1-44H/I
Singapore 179103
Tel: (65) 6338 9365
www.euyansang.com.sg
Eu Yan Sang
Bukit Panjang Plaza
1 Jelebu Road
#01-14/45
Singapore 677743
Tel: (65) 6767 4491
www.euyansang.com.sg
Eu Yan Sang
311 New Upper Changi Road
Bedok Mall
#B2-16
Singapore 467360
Tel: (65) 6844 9803
www.euyansang.com.sg
Eu Yan Sang
2 Jurong East Street 21
IMM Building
#01-137
Singapore 609601
Tel: (65) 6561 5313
www.euyansang.com.sg
Eu Yan Sang
No. 2 Jurong East Central 1
JCube
#B1-07,
Singapore 609731
Tel: (65) 6684 4381
www.euyansang.com.sg
Eu Yan Sang
4 Tampines Central 5
Tampines Mall
#B1-17
Singapore 529510
Tel: (65) 6787 4270
www.euyansang.com.sg
Eu Yan Sang
21 Choa Chu Kang Ave 4
Lot One Shoppers’ Mall
#B1-09
Singapore 689812
Tel: (65) 6764 2824
www.euyansang.com.sg
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