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Last Updated: Mar. 22, 2012 

About Tea Flowers

White camellia flower with yellow center, among thick, tough, dark green serrated leavesA tea flower. Photo © Kristian Frisk (Flickr), CC BY-SA 2.0.
Tea flowers are flowers of the tea plant, Camellia sinensis, used to brew tea. Tea flowers contain some caffeine, but generally less than the leaves. The tea plant generally blooms in autumn and winter, and thus there is a limited range of time in which these flowers can be harvested.

In contrast to the leaves of the tea plant, which are processed via different methods to yield the different classes of tea like green, white, black, and oolong, tea flowers are usually just dried.

Although technically, the minimal processing of tea flowers would make them most similar to and best classified with white tea, they are usually considered in a category of their own. Some companies, such as Upton Tea Imports, even list them as herbal teas, although at RateTea we list them, along with any drink made exclusively from the tea plant, as true tea.

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Organic Dehydrated Camellia from TeaVivre

Style: Tea Flowers – Region: Zhejiang, China
Apr. 12th, 2014

The aroma is a bit surprising, instead of smelling like flowers it smells like a blend of baking bread, cooked squash, and dried persimmons. It is really quite a fascinating aroma, very warm and almost autumnal in its quality.

The taste is honey sweet, specifically it reminds me of the richness of clover honey and t...

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Nepal Tea Flowers from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Tea Flowers – Region: Nepal
Sep. 3rd, 2013

The aroma of the dried flowers is very evocative of straw flowers or chrysanthemum, slightly woody. The aroma of the liquid still has the woodsy quality but also brings in slight mineral and mossy.

The flavor of the tea flowers is incredibly sweet, not at all floral and reminds me of a mixture of Scuppernongs and A...

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Nepal Tea Flowers

Brand:Upton Tea Imports
Style:Tea Flowers
Region:Nepal
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
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Organic Dehydrated Camellia

Brand:TeaVivre
Style:Tea Flowers
Region:Zhejiang, China
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
Leaf:Loose
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