Scented tea is made from the flowers, leaves or fruits of plants. It is a type of reprocessed tea unique to China. The scented flowers are stuffed with the new tea leaves. After the tea leaves absorb the floral scents, the dried flowers are sieved out. The tea liquid is deeply colored with a rich scent. Scented tea can be subdivided into herbal tea and flower tea. Scented tea is produced in Fujian, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Guangxi, Sichuan, Anhui, Hunan, Jiangxi, Hubei, Yunnan and other provinces in China.
In the Song Dynasty (960 A.D.), borneol (a spice) was added to premium green tea as a tribute tea. In the Ming Dynasty, China’s tea industry developed greatly. People produced green tea in large quantities through the processes of stir fixation, hot air fixation, and sun fixation, thereby laying the foundation for the production of scented tea. The great pharmacist Li Shizhen’s “Compendium of Materia Medica” (1578) has a record of “jasmine-scented tea”, which confirms that jasmine tea was produced in the Ming Dynasty. It is recorded that there were many large tea workshops producing commercial jasmine tea in Fuzhou City, Fujian Province in the Qing Dynasty (1851-1861). At that time, jasmine tea made in Fuzhou was sold in North China, especially in Tianjin and Beijing. Jasmine tea was deeply loved by Beijing residents. It can be said that Fuzhou is the birthplace of Chinese jasmine tea.
There are many types of scented tea. The scented teas we often drink in life are Jasmine Tea, Rose Tea, Osmanthus Tea, Lily Tea, Magnolia Tea, Honeysuckle Tea, and Chrysanthemum Tea.
Jasmine tea is the most common scented tea. It is a kind of green tea, which has a history of more than 1,000 years. Originally, jasmine tea was produced in Fuzhou City, Fujian Province, China. It is made from green tea leaves and jasmine flowers. Tea leaves absorb the floral scents and are made into jasmine tea. The liquid of jasmine tea is yellow in color and has a moderate bitter taste. It can help you to calm the nerves, relieve depression, and strengthen the spleen. Since the founding of New China, jasmine tea has been served as a national gift for foreign leaders.
Lily tea is mainly made from Lilium. It helps you to nourish the lungs, relieve coughs, and calm the nerves.
Rose tea is very common in China. It is made from tea leaves and rose flowers. Its liquid produces a rich floral aroma and has a sweet taste. Rose tea is mild in nature and effective for relieving depression, promoting blood circulation, dispersing blood stasis, and regulating menstrual cycle.
Honeysuckle tea is made from high-quality green tea and fresh honeysuckle flowers. Its liquid has a sweet taste. It helps you to clear internal heat and relieve toxicity.
Osmanthus tea is made from high-quality green tea and Osmanthus through a series of processes. With a rich aroma, Osmanthus tea is deeply loved by Asians. Its liquid possesses a wonderfully sweet taste. Osmanthus tea is effective for whitening the skin, clearing away toxins, relieving coughs, eliminating phlegm, and nourishing the lungs.
Chrysanthemum tea is a kind of herbal tea made from fresh Chrysanthemums. It helps you to improve eyesight, pump up metabolism, boost the immune system, and so on.
Magnolia tea is made from high-quality green tea and white magnolia flowers. Its liquid possesses a rich mellow flavor. It helps you to strengthen the spleen, reduce phlegm, and nourish the lungs.
Sealed jars are the best storage utensils for scented tea, which can prevent it from getting damp.
It is recommended to keep the scented tea in a cool, dry place, because it can be easily degraded by many factors, such as light, moisture, and temperature.