Vietnam Lotus Tea (In Vietnamese: trà sen, chè sen, or chè ướp hoa sen) is one of the most famous types of tea with the scent of flowers, a unique feature of Vietnamese Tea Culture. High-quality green tea is selected and flavored with the natural scent of Nelumbo Nucifera (from lotus flower). Lotus Tea is considered as Tea for The King.
(Lotus flower lake at Future Generation Co. Ltd. Factory)
There are several methods to make Lotus tea:
- Stuffing green tea leaves into the flower and leaving them overnight.
- Pulling the entire stamen from the flower or just their anthers, then either jar them overnight with the tea leaves or bake the tea leaves with them.
These steps can be repeated multiple times to increase the floral scent in the tea leaves. For higher quality tea, one thousand lotus flowers per kilogram of tea are needed to complete this ancient process.
The result is the long curled green tea leaf with a slightly sharp flavor. Lotus tea is typically best brewed for under 2 minutes using cooler brewing temperatures (160 °F/70 °C). It brews a pale green liquor, leaving one’s palate with the floral sweetness of aromatic lotus blossoms. Some fanciers will brew 3-4 times from one set of leaves, depending on personal taste.
Lotus blooming starts at Future Generation Co. Ltd factory this month. Our Tea Masters are collecting the best flowers, ready for new batch of fresh Lotus Tea.
You can taste the Tea served to the Kings with Cozy Lotus Tea. Our products can be found in supermarkets, grocery stores and online shop throughout Vietnam.
– Gina –