Here’s an interesting question we received from one of our readers:
I’m looking to create a gift blend for my guests. The ingredients that I want to use are Chrysanthemum flowers and Rosebuds. What could a suitable tea to use as a base for the blend?
Here’s the answer based on consultations of different tea experts in our circle:
The Best Base Might Be No Base
To fully enjoy the aroma and taste of rosebuds and chrysanthemum, it could be an idea to not use a base at all. After all, the flavor of tea can cover the flower’s natural taste. If that’s what you treasure then feel comfortable without adding a base tea at all.
Base Pu Erh Tea for Chrysanthemum
Chrysanthemum tend to go well with pu erh tea. For a blend only loose pu erh teas are suitable. Preferably a ripe pu erh as they are usually more smooth to go with flowers. When choosing this as a base, add more Chrysanthemum flowers relative to Rosebuds.
Base Black Tea For Rosebuds
Rosebuds go well with black tea. Any black tea can be suitable, except for smoky ones. In such a case, add more rosebuds relative to chrysanthemum flowers. This non-smoked Lapsang Souchong can be a good choice, because it has a light flavor of pinewood that goes well with the flower aroma.
White Tea, A Safe Choice
A light tasting base could be also a good choice as it doesn’t covers the fragrance of the flowers. A white tea, such as the bai mu dan or silver needle, or light green tea are great options.
Did you Know There Are 3 Types of Chrysanthemum Flowers?