Origin: Jiangxi Province
The closest herbal tea to actual tea would have to be Camellia Flowers (Cha Hua, 茶花), the flowers of the tea plant itself. Although the infusion of tea flowers is nothing like the taste of any tea, the brew has a certain robust edge that calls to mind the rolling hills and terraces of tea gardens from southern China.
Organically raised, the tea flowers are a unique entry into the herbal panoply, and bring with them the barest trace of caffeine (one half of one percent by weight — even less when brewed than any decaffeinated tea) as well as the bracing flavor of sunlit slopes from the tranquil hills of Jiangxi.
We fell in love with this tea the first time we tried it, and are pleased to add it to our offerings. It's the tea we drink right before bedtime because we can and it's the tea we reach for in the afternoon just because it's so good. If you like herbal teas such as chamomile and chrysanthemum, this is a tea you'll want to have on hand.
See Brewing Guidelines for more information.
I have not tried the Camellia flowers yet.
I love this tea. The blossoms are very clean so I will definitely purchase this same tea from the Little Red Tea Co. again! The tea is very light and mellow, making it a great everday sipping tea.
A gorgeous tea.
I am enjoying the camellia flower tea, but was disappointed upon receiving it when I learned that it was an herbal tea with very little caffeine. I typically drink tea with caffeine as my morning jump-start beverage, and only drink herbal teas for medicinal purposes.
It's pretty much my own fault that I didn't realize this because I didn't read the whole listing. It sounded interesting so I ordered it. I do have a suggestion: it would be nice if you used a different color or some sort of symbol in the listing right by the name of the product indicating that it's an herbal tea.
I came up with a great alternative use for it, though. I made a pitcher of iced tea using 3 T. of the camellia tea and 1.5 qts. of water, and steeped it for about 10 minutes to make it extra strong. After straining out the camellia flowers, I sweetened the tea ever so slightly with a few squirts of "Holly Honey" from a local producer in my area, Smiley Apiaries in Wewahitchka, Florida.
I refrigerated it overnight and before heading out early the next morning to an island where I do sea turtle nest surveys, I put a handful of ice cubes in an insulated water bottle and filled it with the chilled camellia tea. It was such a treat when I pulled it out of my backpack around 1 p.m. after 6 hours in the blazing sun! I will definitely do that again :)
Because this is Camellia Flowers, this is the smoothest and best tasting tea. I will be back for more!!! Great company to buy from.