In many cultures, alcohol is the go-to beverage for romantic occasions. However, there are also longstanding traditions surrounding tea
and weddings in Chinese culture, wedding "tea" (an afternoon tea
event) is a part of some Western weddings, and many tea drinkers are now finding that sharing tea with a loved one can be every bit as romantic as sharing champagne.
Also known as "blooming teas" or "display teas," flowering teas
are hand-tied bundles of tealeaves
that open into extravagant displays. Some contain flowers inside, while others open into sculptural forms made purely of tealeaves and tea buds
Place your flowering tea in a clear pot or large wine glass, add hot water, and enjoy the show with your partner.
A bouquet of roses may be trite, but a rose tea can capture the romance of roses with a little more spark and creativity.
Roses have been used to scent and flavor tea in Southern China for hundreds of years. These days, they are blended into various teas (mostly black teas
and white tea
s) for flavor, aroma and color. For a caffeine-free version of rose tea, try a rose "tea" by another name -- a rose tisane
or rose blossoms.
Good quality Jasmine Pearls are made of hand-rolled tea buds that have been scented with fresh jasmine blossoms. They smell elegant, smooth and sweet, like a fine perfume, and they have a delicate aftertaste
that lingers on the lips. Romantic? Heck, yeah!
Love them or hate them, chocolate teas are becoming a popular flavored tea in North America and Europe. They can be a good alternative to the more traditional gift of a box of chocolates. However, if you're not opposed to the tradition of chocolate as a romantic gift, I suggest checking out these tea chocolates
If you're looking for something sweet for your sweetheart, check out dessert teas. Dessert teas are sweet-tasting teas that are typically blended with vanilla, caramel, fruit or other sweet ingredients. For example, naturally sweet Cinnamon
from Rishi Tea is a dessert tea.
Tavalon Tea's Kama Chai
Sutra Tea is an invigorating blend of black tea
, cinnamon, ginger and vanilla beans. It was created by Chris Cason, who was my co-judge for the Tea Recipe Contest
here on About Coffee / Tea.
Art of Tea's Amore Tea is a romantic blend of organic white tea
, roses and mint. A similar tea is are available from Rishi Tea: White Tea Rose Melange
. Full disclosure: I have worked with The Art of Tea on a freelance basis.
Tay Tea has a fantastic line of romantic teas, including Lovers Tea, Persian Rose, Marry Me Again, Better Than Sex and Duchess' First Love. My personal favorite from the line is Persian Rose -- it is absolutely intoxicating.
Romantic Tea SamplersSeveral tea companies offer romantic tea samplers. Ask your favorite tea companies if they have a sampler, or if they can recommend romantic teas for a romantic tea gift set.