Black Gold from California Tea House

Black Gold from California Tea House is a Blooming Tea or a Flowering Tea that is made of a Black Tea Base, Jasmine, and Marigold. Once hot water was added and the ball of tea bloomed it floated around in the tea pot gracefully. It was beautiful.

Like other blooming teas or flowering teas Black Gold from California Tea House took a while to completely come to life.

The first infusion – even after 5 minutes or more – was a very mellow color and flavor. It was floral and tasty but not as dark or powerful as I thought it would be coming from a black tea base.

The second infusion was still lighter in color and but more aromatic and flavorful. It wasn’t overly powerful but the flavor was lovely. I would still consider Black Gold from California Tea House to be delicate and mellow most likely because I enjoy the ‘stronger the better’ in a black tea.

I was able to get 3 or 4 infusions out of this blooming tea/flowering tea. I enjoyed it and it had a nice flavor. I’m still on the search for an over-the-top malty, bakey type black tea based blooming tea/flowering tea.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: California Tea House

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Black Gold Blooming Tea is a beautiful artisan bouquet of Golden Monkey Paw black tea with Jasmine and Marigold for a beautiful and healthy blend. We decided to add a flowering tea made with black tea to our collection for those who like a full flavored tea with their beautiful bloom. Blooming teas make a perfect tea wedding favor and party gift. Email us for information about private labeling for a personal touch on wedding gift tea blooms.

Bring a pot of mineral or filtered water to a boil and pour into a clear pot, vase or large glass. Drop a single hand made blooming tea ball into the hot water and let steep for 4 to 6 minutes until the flower blooms. Once the tea has fully bloomed the tea is ready to drink.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

French Toast Dianhong Black Flowering Tea from Liquid Proust Teas

FrenchToastFloweringTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black/Flowering

Where to Buy:  Liquid Proust Teas

Tea Description:

As my first batch of French Toast Dian Hong, I decided to go lightly on the flavoring because the natural cocoa taste from the tea is pleasant enough to keep the flavoring at a low amount. This tea proves to pull out different taste from different steeps from my experience and I am hoping you find the same to be true.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Some of my favourite tea companies are the ones where you really get a feel for the owners as people; a hand picked sample, signed note added in to my order, and online interactions on sites such as Steepster are all touches that win me over quite a lot as a consumer; and something really cool about Liquid Proust Teas, a retailer which opened quite recently, is that I kind of got a feel for the owner, Andrew, before the company was even hatched since, first and foremost, he was a Steepster member himself and is a consumer as well as a seller too.

Recently, I did a swap with him and he generously included a few of his own blends. Personally, I thought this seemed the most interesting of what he sent me. A few other companies such as 52Teas, both under new and old management, have attempted French Toast teas but I’ve yet to be wowed by one and I think Andrew’s approach here is quite a bit different than the ones they’ve taken so I’m definitely excited!

I brewed this ‘Grandpa Style’ because that’s my typical approach with blooming/flowering teas. I knew that there was a possibility that it would get bitter because that’s a risk you always take when brewing Grandpa Style but this was unwaveringly smooth and silky. The entire time I spent drinking this (a few hours in total) there wasn’t even the slightest hint of bitterness OR astringency. I’m incredibly impressed by that.

The flavour was very fluffy and sweet, but reserved enough to not be cloying or make me feel like I was drinking syrup straight from the bottle. The rich notes of custard, cream, vanilla, cocoa, and, yes, egg hardly waned at all throughout the session. There were also lighter notes of cinnamon that I thought did fade towards the end of my session, and some pretty pronounced malt notes from the tea itself along with more muted floral notes. I likely could have continued to drink this for another hour or possibly longer with very little flavour deterioration. More than that, if it had not have been midnight I would have continued to drink this which is certainly high praise from me given that I dislike resteeping in general (drink as many teas as possible in one day is my philosophy).

My only criticism would be that the “toast” part of “French toast” was lacking; I’d have liked stronger bread notes contributed from the base tea to complete the illusion; but that’s just me getting hyper critical of one of the better flavoured teas I’ve had all month. If Andrew’s other teas are as tasty as this one I’m in for a real treat!

Jasmine Bloom Flowering Tea from Nuovo Tea

jasmine_bloomTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Nuovo Tea

Tea Description:

Meant to delight your eyes as well as taste buds, these awe-inspiring ‘display teas’ unfurl when added to water, revealing delicate flowers hidden within. The practice of hand-sewing leaves into ‘blooming teas’ is an age-old Chinese art form that dates back centuries. Adagio has infused state-of-the-art packaging into this ancient delight, ensuring maximum freshness and superior flavor.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

I really enjoy brewing “art teas” like this Jasmine Bloom Flowering Tea from Nuovo Tea.  It’s fun to watch the art reveal itself.  It starts out as a hand-sewn bulb of tea leaves, and as it brews, the leaves begin to unfurl, revealing a beautiful “blossom” tucked inside the tea leaves.

This particular art tea unfurls pretty quickly in comparison to some that I’ve encountered.  After my first infusion of 3 1/2 minutes, it was still a bulb, but I could see that quite a few of the leaves had begun to open up and away from the bulb to form the blossom.   I’m sure that with another minute, this art tea would have been unfurled and revealed to me the beauty inside.

But I didn’t want to oversteep the tea.  I don’t brew these art teas just for the art, after all … to me the true art is the beauty of the flavorful liquid so I’m always mindful of this and take care to brew each cup carefully – whether it’s an art tea like this, or a loose leaf tea or even a bagged tea.  I want the best flavor I can extract from any tea.

The first cup is delicate and sweet, with notes of jasmine and hints of buttery vegetables.  There is also a pleasing fruit note that is reminiscent of a sweet melon.

For the second cup, I infused the partially open bulb for 4 minutes, and within a minute, the bulb had opened and I could see the pretty white flower peeking from inside the tea leaf “blossom” that enveloped it only minutes ago.  Beautiful!

This cup had a stronger flavor than the first cup, but, I think I prefer the delicate quality of that first cup more than this stronger tasting cup.  Oh, it’s still tasty, don’t get me wrong!  But, I really liked the soft, buttery notes that I experienced in that first cup, and now, this is more like a grassy green tea with notes of jasmine.  I appreciate that the jasmine is soft and not tasting like soap.  It’s not a bitter tea, it’s a pleasing jasmine green.

A beautiful tea experience – these “art teas” make a great tea to serve when you have guests! Be sure to brew them in glass teacups (I don’t think that these little bulbs are quite large enough for a large teapot) so that everyone can watch the splendor as it unfolds!  They make a great conversation starter … not to mention produce a really tasty cup of tea.

Love Game Flowering Tea from Dragon Tea House

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Dragon Tea House

Tea Description:

A delicate flower blooms inside this ball tea just before tiny flowers slowly cascade upward like Champagne bubbles. The flowers add their enlivening fragrance and strong taste to this delectably smooth green tea. Our Ball offers one of the most artful spectacles in tea. This blooming tea has an original shape of an tiny ball and when put in boiling water a bouquet of tea leaves and flower. The aromas of both flowers and tea leaves are very well preserved and these exceptional teas develop a wonderful flavor and create at the same time a beautiful “table decoration”.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Every once in a while, I like to take a moment to simply watch a tea steep.  There is something so wonderfully relaxing about it.  I think my favorite teas to watch steep are blooming teas, like this Love Game Flowering Tea from Dragon Tea House.  I like blooming teas because they open slowly, taking their time to reveal their splendor, and when they’ve finally fully unfurled, what a breathtaking display!

A better view of the blossom

I infused this tea for six full minutes in 180°F water, and it still had not opened fully … which means MORE INFUSIONS!  Yay!  This first cup is tasty.  The mouthfeel is soft and silky.  The taste is sweet and floral with notes of jasmine, and a slight nutty flavor.  It is very smooth tasting, with very little astringency and no bitterness.

For my second infusion, I set the timer for ten minutes, although it had fully unfurled after about 90 seconds (taking seven and a half minutes total to completely open), but I infused it for the full ten minutes to achieve full flavor for the infusion, and that ten minutes delivered!   The second infusion was even tastier than the first.  The flavor is more focused on the nutty flavors, with hints of jasmine, and a sweet, fresh, slightly grassy tone.

Overall, a very pleasant experience!

Love Goddess Flowering Tea from Dragon Tea House

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green (Flowering)

Where to Buy:  Dragon Tea House

Tea Description:

A delicate flower blooms inside this ball tea just before tiny flowers slowly cascade upward like Champagne bubbles. The flowers add their enlivening fragrance and strong taste to this delectably smooth green tea. Our Ball offers one of the most artful spectacles in tea. This blooming tea has an original shape of an tiny ball and when put in boiling water a bouquet of tea leaves and flower. The aromas of both flowers and tea leaves are very well preserved and these exceptional teas develop a wonderful flavor and create at the same time a beautiful “table decoration”.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

This tea is really beautiful, and I am thrilled at how quickly the leaves opened to reveal the display of flowers inside.  Sometimes, with blossoming teas like this, it takes two or sometimes even three infusions before the tea bulb fully opens, but, I got a beautiful show after steeping for just four minutes.

The flavor is a little less impressive.  It tastes alright, don’t get me wrong, and I was able to drink not just the first cup but a second infusion as well, and I enjoyed them both.

This has a stronger green tea taste than some of the other blooming teas, and that may have something to do with it.  It has a stronger vegetal taste, and a very faint jasmine note.  It’s pleasant enough, and as I continued to drink, a soft buttery tone developed that I liked.

While these pictures are really lovely, I have to say that I think it’s even more breathtaking in person.  If you’ve not yet brewed a blooming tea, what are you waiting for?  You should get yourself a glass teapot or mug, and try some blooming teas!  I have a mug with a glass infuser, which makes it very easy to enjoy the unfurling of the leaves, the finished display, and it is also very easy to remove the tea from the mug to enjoy the tea.  I don’t drink blooming teas very often, I would say that I try to have one at least once a week, if for no other reason than the release of stress that I get from watching the unfurling process.

And while this isn’t my favorite blooming tea that I’ve ever had, I will say that I’m really impressed with Dragon Tea House’s vast selection of teas, including some Yellow teas.  Fair prices too!