45 Tasting Notes
Had this at a cafe in Kyoto, seems home made as the ingredients were fresh, not even dried: sakura flowers and yuzu rind. The sakura flower, as the waiter explained, had salt on it, perhaps to help preserve it. Indeed the tea tasted like it had a bit of salty flavor, but the gentle sakura taste and yuzu rind taste where still predominant. It was a pleasant and adventurous experience but I would probably not order it again, due to the salt component.
Had this tea at TeaHolic tea house in Kyoto. Very strong almond smell and flavor, very nice tea with a bit of milk, like a luscious dessert. The only tea place where they have brought me extra hot water for the pot top up without me even having to ask! Two thumbs up.
Oh and they even gave me some teabags to take home as a Christmas present, how delightful! Tea shall be my only Christmas present this year =)
Very disappointed with this one. Earl Grey is my favorite tea closely followed by rooibos but I found that this particular mix is not at all the dream combination I was hoping for. The rooibos flavor is very strong and bitter and earl grey (bergamot) is very faint. They just don’t harmonize well with each other.
Ginger easily gets 100% rating from me as this is one ingredient that is readily available raw no matter which corner of the world you go. It has innumerable health benefits and makes a lovely brew either on its own or as an additive to many other teas, herbs and ingredients.
I also frequently add a bit of ginger when brewing some other tea for the second time. Where by itself it might have been weak, coupled with ginger it always produces a new and interesting taste.