Mureke wrote:Thanks for you views! It's interesting that what I've found doesn't seem common.
I didn't take pictures, but the flowers are composed of the yellow stamina (oxidized to more of a yellowish-brown color) found in the middle of the flower. They also have the sepals at the base of the flower that look exactly like in the picture you posted. The white petals are missing. They look like the flower buds, without petals, which is why the structure is still quite firm. It's definitely not osmanthus.
Philip from TTC gave me a nice answer for this. I actually found only one large flower in my 25 g sample, and it was apparently not an intentional part of the tea. However, this was Philip had to say:
- "it is not uncommon to find small flowers amongst the tea, especially since these 2 teas were late winter pickings. Usually, they would be pulled out during final sorting. I guess that one was missed by the sorters!"
- "Winter is the season when the bushes are flowering. This activity usually happens after the tea picking season but can overlap slightly as it seems to be the case with your tea."
You can trust of Philip's explanation.
Mureke wrote:Also, I heard from Philip that the season is a few weeks late this year due to cold weather. They'll be traveling the mountains from late April to late May to get this spring's teas available for sale.
Very well. More time to accumulate more funds ..