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Was saving this little treat from TeaBrat for an afternoon I could really enjoy it. This is one—feet up after a day’s worth of “get-to” puttering around the house (as opposed to “got-to” trudging through chores in the evening when I’m exhausted to start with).

My favorite lemon teas are those that have a lemon tart (pastry) personality instead of a tart lemon (painful) personality. This bagged tea fits Category A quite nicely; very light, very fresh, makes me crave lemon pie.

TeaBrat

glad you liked it :)

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Teabrat sweetly sent this succulent sample to savor (OK, enough alliteration) and it was (well, maybe just one more) superb.

I carefully stuck to low temp and short time and in return, got a sensory road trip down memory lane: I was responsible for helping pick and pit the cherries from my favorite reading tree. (What? You didn’t climb up to the first V-branch with a book you’d memorized because you’d read it so many times you could recite it?) Anyway, this tea tastes like what those fresh pitted cherries smelled like. Cherry perfection.

TeaBrat

Nice, I am glad you liked it too!

gmathis

There have been some long, impassioned Steepster conversations about the lack of really good cherry teas that don’t taste like cough drops.

TeaBrat

yeah I have noticed that myself…

TeaBrat

yeah I have noticed that myself…

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This morning I was walking through Japantown on an errand and decided to stop in a little shop that had Japanese tea and candy. This sounded really nice to me. It comes in a paper cube with 10 individually wrapped paper teabags. I would prefer mesh for obvious reasons but beggars can’t be choosers. :-P

I steeped this for 1.5 minutes using the green tea setting on my variable temp water kettle. This is a ryokucha tea. The aroma is slightly flowery and the tea has a mild vegetal flavor. I’d say the cherry blossom flavor is fairly subtle and natural. I don’t think I’ve had another cherry blossom tea so I’m not sure what to compare this with. It is a very pleasant cuppa however, fresh and elegant are two words that come to mind. There’s an underlying sweetness in the finish of the tea but I don’t think any sugar was added to this. I’m not disappointed I bought this and the teabags will be good for travel or at the office.

Nice discovery for a Monday…

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
gmathis

Sounds nicely balanced. A lot of the sakura teas I’ve tried have been either very weak or very tart.

TeaBrat

I did enjoy it. Would you care for a sample?

gmathis

PM’ing you.

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I absolutely love cherry blossoms, especially in tea! This is a delightful tea. It is sweet and not astringent. I love the slight cherry and floral tones in this tea. It is a good blend.

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drank Decaf Tea by Tea Boutique
1591 tasting notes

I finished this up today. I cannot tell what type of black tea this is at all. I can’t put a finger on it. Good tea overall. It tastes almost like the Keurig’s English Breakfast tea… I like this with some sugar and milk.

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drank Decaf Tea by Tea Boutique
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drank Decaf Tea by Tea Boutique
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drank Decaf Tea by Tea Boutique
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I have 2 bags of this tea left. I am also trying to drink this tea up. I am not a fan of this tea.

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drank Decaf Tea by Tea Boutique
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drank Decaf Tea by Tea Boutique
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I wanted a warm beverage tonight. I went to my parents’ house and am planning on staying here for 1-2 weeks while I am on nightfloat. I brought a variety of teas and tisanes. However, I forgot to bring a filter :( I hope the Wegman’s closeby has something. I opted for this one since this is a bagged tea, and it is nighttime here. This tea is really mild, but does well with milk and some sugar. This tea reminds me of a black assam that has been steeped twice, and this would be the third time I’m steeping it. The brew was a honey brown color, and it was light. Okay tea overall. I am not overly impressed. After I am done with the 5 tea bags that I have left, I am not buying this again.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Decaf Tea by Tea Boutique
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So, back to samples from Alphakitty! Having a single teabag of something counts as a sipdown, yes? Yeah, I thought so too :D

The tea I’m trying is black tea with cherry blossom essence and leaves (since there appear to be multiple teas with this same name??) Anyhow, the aroma I’m getting (even from the teabag itself!) is very much sour cherry. And stronger than I would have expected! The packet indicated to infuse for between 1-2 minutes, so I went with 1:30 since I’m sometimes a baby with black teas.

Flavourwise, this tea is quite smooth (which is nice since the other two blacks I’ve had tonight were not so much!), and I can definitely taste what’s coming off to me as sour cherry! I see that someone wrote below that it tasted a bit like Japanese pickled/preserved plums (ume?), and I’d agree with that as well. The flavour overall is pretty light, but it’s a bit refreshing, heh. It’s not too light though (I did just use about 6 oz. water though, as teabags are often weak to me). I’m not sure I would have identified this as “cherry blossom”, but it’s certainly a pretty decent bagged tea!

Thanks for letting me try it, Alphakitty!

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 30 sec

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This is one of the most unique tea experiences i’ve had so far! an old friend of mine that lives in Japan gave this to me on her recent visit to the states. it is only cherry blossoms, no added green or black tea. the cherry blossoms smell strongly of umeboshi plum, which is a pickled Japanese plum (actually more similar to an apricot). The smell hits you as soon as you open the package. I tasted the leaves before steeping and it tastes almost exactly like an umeboshi plum! very, very salty and tart, and sweet. a very strong flavor. The resulting tea itself smells exactly as it does before steeping. it has a very faint taste of pickled apricot, or perhaps pickled raisin. a very strange taste!! Not sure that this is something I’d want to drink all the time, but it is a fun adventure. the blossoms look beautiful while floating in the water!
for a few pictures, go here http://teahappiness.blogspot.com/2011/01/unexpected-tea-gift.html

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Most Green teas could always use something after you’ve had alot of green tea to drink. And this tea does the Cherry Blossom justice, bringing out its natural flavor and sweetness. As soon as you open the tea packet I picked up floral notes, but the full magnitude of the Cherry Blossom was obtained when I brewed it. It is such a sweet and refreshing flavor, as opposed to a regular green tea.

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I got this with the green tea as opposed to the black tea. Tea is very sweet without adding honey. I added a touch of honey however cause i have a bit of a sore throat. Very smooth and floral without makingit seem like i’m drinking perfume.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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Don’t be fooled by its delicate, flowery scent — this tea is bold. It makes its intentions known immediately, turning a cup of hot water from clear to cranberry-red within seconds. Usually, I add honey and lemon juice to my tea to get a balance of sweetness and tartness, but this tea held its own in the tart department.

On a more random note, rose hip is supposed to be good for your skin. Next month, I’m in a community musical, and with up to three shows a day and goodness knows how many makeup changes, I’ll probably be drinking this tea a lot in the days to come.

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec

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drank Lemongrass by Tea Boutique
45 tasting notes

Nice and flavorsome just like pure herb should be.

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drank Lavender by Tea Boutique
45 tasting notes

Pure dried lavender flowers brew a delicious unique flavor tea, very nice to wind down the day.

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Try the “cherry blossom” flavor as a cold infusion. Beautiful to look at and perfectly light and refreshing as a summer drink.

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I’ve seen three versions of this tea; a black, a green, and “cherry blossom.” The only one I’ve tried so far is the cherry blossom. The flavor is very delicate, but enjoyable and nicely balanced. It has the blend of sweet-saltiness that I typically associate with sakura mochi. I think it would go well with a mild (not too sweet) omochi.

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I bought this tea from a Japanese market on the recommendation from a friend. Flavor is weak, and the cherry sweetness does not harmonize well with the black tea.

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This is my first time trying Sweet Sakura. I got this from a girl in HI who got it from a friend while in Japan. It’s neat to watch. It’s clear in color. Prior to steeping it’s OVERLY sweet but after steeping is a pleasant sweetness in the cup. It’s a pale flavor but I think it’s ideal for what it’s trying to accomplish. Very nice treat.

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