Flower-scented tea is a Chinese speciality first made during the Song Dynasty (960-1279). These fragrant teas later reached a pinnacle of excellence in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644.)
Jasmine Tea: Traditional crafting of jasmine tea is by using fresh flowers not artificial perfumes or essential oils and the flowers are being removed. Top grade green tea mixed with freshly picked jasmine blossoms, layered like a cake for several weeks and turned regularly to avoid heat building up. Each day at dawn the jasmine blossoms open and scent the tea.
Dragon Balls: Made with a tiny piece of cotton to compress the tea and flowers together. Cotton is safer option than saran wrap as it does not leak anything into the tea in the process of steaming.