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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.

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Boiling 8 min or more

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