Historical culture of chinese flower tea

Last Updated On September 07, 2018

Flower tea, also known as fragrant tea, smoked tea, fragrant tablets, etc. It is made from refined tea (also known as tea slab) and is made of fragrant flowers. It is a unique tea category in China.

Flower Tea

China’s flower tea production has a long history. According to the Tang Dynasty Lu Yu’s “Tea Classic”, when the tea was brewed in the Tang Dynasty, it was the same as cooking, onion, ginger, jujube and orange peel. In the Northern Song Dynasty Cai Yi’s “Tea Record” and Xiong Fan’s “Xuanhe Beiyuan Gong Tea Record”, it is also written that there is a blend of “dragon brain” in the tribute tea to increase the aroma. Although this cannot be called flower tea, it can be said to be the prototype of flower tea production. The official production of flower tea began, and it is generally believed that it began in the Southern Song Dynasty. In this regard, Shi Yue’s “Step by Step Yu Rong Li” and Zhao Xizhen’s “Tuiding Series” are recorded. Since the beginning of the Ming Dynasty, the production of flower tea has developed. During the Xianfeng period of the Qing Dynasty (AD 1851-1961), Fuzhou, Fujian Province, became the center of the flower tea. Since 1939, Suzhou in Jiangsu has developed into another flower tea manufacturing center.

Contemporary, with the dramatic increase in the demand for flower tea at home and abroad, the production of flower tea has developed faster. At present, China’s flower tea production areas are located in Fujian, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Dirty, Anhui, Guangdong, Sichuan, Jiangxi, Taiwan, Guangxi, Yunnan and other provinces. In addition, Hubei, Henan, Shandong, Guizhou and other provinces also have a small amount of production. These flower teas are mainly sold to provinces (regions) north of the Yangtze River in China, especially in Beijing and Tianjin. People in Japan, the United States, and some countries in Western Europe also like to drink Chinese tea. They believe that “in China’s flower tea, you can smell the smell of spring”