Osmanthus TeaWikipedia: Osmanthus_fragrans | Teaviews: osmanthus-tea
Updated: Apr. 7, 2014
About Osmanthus Tea
Osmanthus fragrans in bloom. Photo by KENPEI, licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.Osmanthus tea, called guihua cha(桂花茶) in Chinese, is tea that has been scented with the flowers of the Osmanthus fragrans plant, similarly to how jasmine tea is made. Osmanthus tea originated in China, and is one of many traditional scented teas, less widely known than jasmine tea.
Green, black, white, pouchong, and oolong teas can all be used as the base for osmanthus tea. As with jasmine, when milder base teas like silver needle are used as the base, the osmanthus scent is more clearly evident in the aroma.
Pure (unscented) oolong smelling like osmanthusOsmanthus tea is distinct from golden osmanthus or huang jin gui oolong, a style of oolong tea which has an aroma suggestive of osmanthus flowers, but which does not actually contain any flowers or ingredients other than the tea leaf.
Huang Jin Gui is a se chung oolong; the similarity between the aromas of se chung and osmanthus flowers is also reflected by the fact that sometimes se chung oolongs are used as the base for osmanthus tea.
When a greener huang jin gui, or other greener oolong with a floral fragrance is used as the base for osmanthus tea, the aromas can blend seamlessly together, making it hard to distinguish the aroma of the osmanthus blossoms from that of the tea itself.
Best Osmanthus Tea
The notion of the "best" Osmanthus Tea is subjective, because different people have different tastes. We present the most often-rated and highest-rated teas in this category, and allow you to draw your own conclusions.