The aroma of the gentle fragrant osmanthus blossoms fills the room as the bride and groom are presented with a cup of tea. As they share their first sip, they exchange knowing glances – this cup will last forever.
Osmanthus (gwai fah or Osmanthus fragrans) is native to many regions in Asia and produces beautiful, yellow, exotically fragrant flowers. One of the most expensive ingredients in perfumes and teas, osmanthus is placed next to oolong leaves and scenting is conducted using the imperial method, similar to when tealeaves absorb the fragrance of the jasmine. It is highly coveted and prized for its champagne aroma and deep, rich flavour.