5 Tasting Notes
Chrysanthemum tea is best sweetened slightly, and not made too strong, but the penalty for oversteeping is low. It can be refilled many times. I drank it all summer long when I was in Beijing, only I thought the name was “orange blossom tea” because it sounds like that. Only at the very end of the summer did I bother to look it up to discover that when the shogun is weak this very tea must be strong…
This is not a high-quality tea, but it is the only kind of black tea that I like to drink without milk. It needs to be sweetened, in my opinion (and I always sweeten tea) and it takes only a little milk at most. If you oversteep you get more bitterness and less fruit.
This is one of my favorite teas, introduced to me by a friend who bought me some when I had a tea party. It is close to an assam tea but has flavors that come out very well when drunk with milk, and I love black tea with milk. You should steep it well, and after a couple of months it becomes just a dark black tea.