Blooming Tea, or Flowering Tea, is an artisan tea originated from China, gained popularity among Western world during the early 2000s. It has been a global favourite since then. It is such a lovely and elegant tea that Sofia Coppola made blooming tea the royal gift from the emperor of China in her movie, Marie Antoinette (2006).
In the following video, the French queen, Marie Antoinette impresses her brother by making Jasmine tea that “blooms” in his cup.
This scene isn’t historically accurate however since blooming tea wasn’t really invented until the 1990s.
Today, you can easily source for blooming tea online. However, some local tea shops do carry a small selection of blooming tea as well. I personally prefer to source for quality blooming tea online as it’s easier to purchase. I also like to check out customer reviews prior to making any order.
Not sure where to buy blooming tea? You’re in luck! Below I’ve compiled a list of my favourite blooming tea stores for your reference.
Where to Buy Blooming Tea in KL
Purple cane is a tea store based in Malaysia. I tried blooming tea for the very first time at Tea+, one of their tea bars located in LG of The Gardens Mall. It was a great experience.
The tea barista is very knowledgeable she shared a lot of blooming tea-making tips with me. I later compiled them and wrote in my article titled how to make blooming tea.
The blooming flower tea drink was slightly overpriced in my opinion (RM20+), but it was worth every penny. As they say, the price is what you pay, the value is what you get!
If you’re not from KL, you can also purchase blooming tea from their online tea store here.
Although the quality of this blooming tea is not as high compared to those they sell at Tea+ bar, they still look and taste good enough to impress! By the way, they do provide international shipping as well.
Where to Buy Blooming Tea in London
Based in Glasgow, Flora Tea Company UK Limited is a wholesaler and online retailer of award-winning flowering teas (i.e. blooming tea). They have a wide selection of blooming teas available for sale. Due to recent traffic spike from the viral Business Insider video, they are currently having some challenges dispatching orders in time. You might want to wait until that announcement is removed from their website before ordering it.
Where to Buy Blooming Tea in the US
Unlike most of the tea houses listed above, Tea Bloom is 100% focused on selling blooming tea. It’s not surprising that Tea Bloom is one of the best-sellers on Amazon for this particular niche product. They also have a wide selection of glass teapots and beautiful gift packaging for your loved ones.
In addition, if you don’t have a suitable glass container at home to appreciate the blooming process, you can also check out their vast selection of blooming tea sets as well.
Besides Tea Bloom, Numi sells premium, organic flowering teas that are handmade from community tea gardens in China. They also sell glass teapot sets as part of the flowering tea gift set. Numi is available online on multiple places such as Amazon. You can also find them at your local Whole Foods Market across the US.
After scrolling through the Amazon reviews, I learn that the blooming tea quality from Numi may not be consistent. That being said, it still has a 4.2 out of 5 stars rating among 968 reviews. I will still give it a try seeing that it’s a fair trade product. I don’t mind supporting the hardworking tea farmers!
Where to Buy Flowering Tea in Hong Kong
MingCha is one of Hong Kong’s top brand. They are experts in curating premium quality tea. Besides selling tea, they are also passionate about educating their customers. Their Tea Tasting and Pairing Concept Workshop attracts tourist from all over the world.
You can find their premium tea product at duty-free shops in the Hong Kong international airport. Their blooming tea is infused with strong Jasmine fragrance. This additional flavour makes it the only blooming tea that tastes as good as it looks. You can purchase their signature Jasmine Blossoms from their online store.
What’s special about MingCha is that they also allow you to customize tea packaging. You can even include your logos on the packaging for corporate promotional gift.
Your Favorite Flowering Tea Store Is Not In The List? Let Me Know!
This is the current list of blooming tea stores that I want to order from. I try to cover blooming tea brands available in various markets so that it’s convenient for you to purchase your blooming tea regardless of where you are from.
If your personal favourite is not included here, do leave a comment below so that I can try it out as well 🙂 I will be more than happy to add it into the list of best places to buy blooming tea.