Review: Canton Tea Co. Sweet Osmanthus Flowering Tea

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Its OK"The silver needle part is pretty good, but I'm sure Canton's other white teas are far better than "pretty good," so I'd rather just buy some of those."
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Whether you think they're a beautiful ancient Chinese tradition or a gimmick to sell sub-par tea leaves, flowering tea bundles are here to stay. Personally, I think they're a fine tea for company. Pretty and easy to brew, they allow you to make something somewhat special without having to put in much effort. That way you can play host(ess) without ignoring your guests. Perfect for company that enjoys tea but not what kind it is or the ceremony of it all. I've long been an advocate of flowering teas, yet lately my love has waned. I'm not sure why, but they just haven't been very inspiring, and I'm starting to see the other side of the flowering tea argument. Canton Tea Company has been nothing less than fantastic so far, so I've got hope for this blooming tea. I put the bud in a clear pot and steeped it in 180° water for three minutes. By then the bud had fully opened (though it's drifting aimlessly on the top of the water), so the tea should have had plenty of time to give off flavour. And yet, it seems to lack life. The lily and osmanthus give off a little floral scent, but their flavour is lacking. The silver needle part is pretty good, but I'm sure Canton's other white teas are far better than "pretty good," so I'd rather just buy some of those. I drag two more half-hearted steeps out before calling it in. I don't know... I have had flowering teas in recent memory that I found bright and flavourful, but either they had so much flavouring added that I tasted the additions rather than the tea itself, or my preferences have changed drastically, or my memory deceives me. Whatever it is, I think it's time to give up on this style of tea for awhile. Maybe I'll pick it up again in the future, but for now it's time to retire as a crusader for these pretty, if sometimes somewhat lacklustre, teas.

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