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Tea and Philosophy

Recent Tasting Notes


There is a distinct flavour very much like Linden.

I basically drink chrysanthemum tea (tisane, I know, but that’s the common term) all the time, only I can’t review them since there’s no tea company I’m getting them from. Marigold flowers and their petals just look like those of chrysanthemums, and it’s hard to dissociate from the sensory expectation of chrysanthemum when I look at it. Even the hawthorn berries look like dried jujubes. The tea is like a reimagining of a Chinese classic “cooling” drink.

The tea is a golden yellow, very pretty. The smell is very subtle, mostly like Linden tea, with a bit of bitter fragrance that comes from petals of the Asteraceae. As for the taste, well, I didn’t like it. I also don’t like Linden tea, which is why this tea was a major disappointment. I couldn’t taste the hawthorn.

Incidentally, I didn’t strain the tea as well as I should, because chewing on the petals is fun. Marigold petals are waxier and more robust than chrysanthemums, but less flavourful.

Boiling 8 min or more

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From my second last tasting note, you’d know that I have appalling habits when it comes to how I steep my teas. Not so for this tea. I followed their instructions (warmed teapot, boiling water, 10 minutes) to the letter. And I am glad I did so.

I cannot conceive how cardamon and rosemary can work so well together in a tisane. This tea is tangy, a little bit spicy, and so fragrant and refreshing. I did think that the name “Happiness Tea” verged on hyperbole but I take that back, and now I am just impatient to try the other teas (with a name like “Inspiration Tea”, how can it go wrong?) from Tea & Philosophy. They even have an adorable URL: http://todaywasfun.com/

I must confess that I have a weakness for hibiscus teas because of the intense colour, and this has become my new favourite in a big way. Sorry about that, Tazo Passion.

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