Blooming teas aren’t a new thing, but they made a splash outside of China on social media last year, so if you’re still wondering where to find these fancy flowers, look no further.
Pétale is the new local tea brand set up late last year to bring in flowering tea balls that are apparently hand sewn and made of organic Maofeng green tea. It’s got 20 different varieties in its selection, but only six are available for retail customers (the rest go to corporate clients and can be customized according to preferences).
Originating from Fujian, China, the teas are beautified with dried flowers or fruits and come in blends such as the tangy and tart My Fair Lady (lily, jasmine, pineapple) or the floral signature that is Antoneitte’s Love (gomphrena, jasmine, marigold).
Naturally, a clear glass or tea pot works best for you to ogle these teas which, at $48 for 12 tea balls, are quite a fair bit pricier than your usual brews. But we suppose you’re also paying for the experience of watching each orb unfurl into a lovely little floral garden in your cup (P.S. time lapse videos work best in capturing the process on camera — if you have the patience to hold still while the sphere slowly blossoms).
Interestingly enough, to expand its line-up, Pétale is currently experimenting with vegetable infusions as well, so keep tabs on its Facebook page for updates.