Wild Purple Chrysanthemum flower tea

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  • “I was one of the lucky requesters to get a sample of this tea from JK Tea Shop's offer -- I'd never had chrysanthemum tea before, but I was intrigued by the concept. The scent of the dry leaves...” Read full tasting note
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    Cait 216 tasting notes
  • “Steep Information: Amount: I put 10, because that's what came when I took a tsp Water: filtered, boiling, 16 oz Tool: in my ceramic Tea Forte solstice teapot Steep Time: a little over 1...” Read full tasting note
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    amazonv 709 tasting notes
  • “I tried brewing these at just a minute this time, and I think I prefer it when it is brewed for a longer period of time. This is a very light brew, it has virtually no color. The flavor is...” Read full tasting note
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    LiberTEAS 4645 tasting notes
  • “I was another lucky recipient of a sample of this, though it has taken me until now to taste it. Sigh. The flowers are so pretty! Small, with big yellow centers. Some of the flowers are pretty...” Read full tasting note
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    __Morgana__ 953 tasting notes

From JK Tea Shop

This purple chrysanthemum is an extremely unique variety among the others chrysanthemums. It only grows up in one mountain in China, where it is located in Qiaoban village, Yanjia town, Chunan county, Zhejiang province, and whose altitude is around 1460 meters. This mountain is called Yu San Jian, which means the mountain’s shape is similar to an umbrella shape. So far, there is still no road directly to the tea farmers who make this tea. We need to stop at his village and then climb the mountain road for about 3 kilometers before reaching his house.

This purple chrysanthemum only pluck one time in mid of Oct and have a limited yield per year. The spotlights of this purple are:

i)pesticide free chrysanthemum, unlike any other Chinese chrysanthemum, it is wild-growing in the mountains, and it volatilizes some odor that can drive the worms or insects away.

ii)persistent fresh wild floral taste after many times infusion.

From ancient time till now, chrysanthemum flowers have been used as a Chinese herbal teas, such as clearing away the body interior heat and toxic materials, quenching thirsts and anti-heat stroke in summer.

Harvest time: 2009 Autumn

Picking standard: One bud

Shape: plump flower shape

Dried tea color: bloom purple ray florets & organge disk florest with green stems

Aroma: natural and fresh floral fragrance

Tea soup color: light green

Taste: natural & smooth floral taste

Brewing vessel: glass cup or glass pot

Brewing guidelines:
i)Glass pot:7-9 pcs per time (based on personal taste); the water temperature should be 90C or 190F for about 1 minute. This tea does not need to wash.

ii) glass cup: 3-4 pcs per time; the water temperature should be 90C or 190F for about 1 minute. This tea does not need to wash

Infusion time:
i)Glass pot: at least 4 times

ii) Glass cup: at least 3 times

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I was one of the lucky requesters to get a sample of this tea from JK Tea Shop’s offer — I’d never had chrysanthemum tea before, but I was intrigued by the concept.

The scent of the dry leaves was…odd. Definitely floral, but not floral the way any other tea I’ve ever had has been. Heavier somehow. I put eight flowers and a small shake of loose petals into a pot, and steeping it was the same scent even stronger. The color was a pale virulent green which wouldn’t be amiss at a mad scientists’ cocktail party!

So I sipped cautiously, and it’s amazing! It tastes just like it smells, and while I still have no idea what that taste is, I can now tell that it’s juicy and extraordinarily sweet. It’s not cloying, but it’s just this side of it — I can’t imagine putting more sweetener in! And it leaves behind a plainer, less confusing aftertaste that’s just sweet and sweet and sweet. I had to go make a second cup right away after finishing the first! (Second cup came out just like the first; I’m not tasting any change at all for the second steeping.)

The flowers were a lot smaller and paler than I expected: I think I was picturing something like an American Black-Eyed Susan flower in a dark purple, but these were about half that size and nearly white. So I have a lot more left than I expected! This is a very generously-sized sample packet.

Flowers steeping in the pot:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/cait_tea/4523798781/in/set-72157623664718933/

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec
Lori

What a pretty tea! My local Vietnamese restaurant serves chrysanthemum tea and I really enjoyed it. I will defintely add this to my shopping list…

Cait

I almost want to brew it stronger just so I can have more flowers floating in the pot! It’s very pretty indeed.

__Morgana__

Ok now I’m really curious to try this.

JK Tea Shop

Thanks you guys like it. Actually, the floral aroma is totally different from any other chrysanthemum flower tea from China, which is yellow in dry tea color and mild in dry tea aroma. Its dry tea floral arom is delicate, sharp, long-lasting, wild natural and high mountain aroma.

The interesting thing is, after many times brewing, its aroma still exists there. Super for us to drink in summer to balance our interior heat and cold based on traditional Chinese medicine point of view.

teaddict

Beautiful photo of the flower steeping. Wow.

Cait

Thank you, teaddict!

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Steep Information:
Amount: I put 10, because that’s what came when I took a tsp
Water: filtered, boiling, 16 oz
Tool: in my ceramic Tea Forte solstice teapot
Steep Time: a little over 1 minute
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: floral, very vegetal like walking in a muddy flower field
Steeped Tea Smell: floral, vegetal
Flavor: odd, different, smooth, vegetal, it’s not bitter but there is this almost bitter like taste I can’t describe, it makes my mouth
Body: Light
Aftertaste: that funky fuzzy tingly feeling
Liquor: translucent light green

I was sent for free Purple Chrysamthemum Wild Flower Tea thanks to an offer posted on Steepster

JK Tea Shop Website

I paid $1.70 shipping

The tea arrived Tuesday April 13 in waterproof shipping bag. Inside the bag was a well bubble wrapped package of tea.

Inside the bubble wrap was a silver foiled resealable pouch.

Inside the pouch, gorgeous whole flower heads!

1 minute was too short, I couldn’t taste much. So I left them in for a bit while working on another tasting note, next thing you know it was at 8 minutes! I think that may have been a bit long, but it still taste very similar to the tins and plastic bottles of Chrysamthemum tea I have gotten in Asian grocery stores.

I am sorry that my descriptive skills and vocabulary are not up to the task – if you’ve had Chrysamthemum tea before, this is it. I had it this time unsweetened, but I think that I enjoy it more sweetened.

Post-Steep Additives: none

Resteep: not sure how long, but just the same as the first!

images: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/04/jk-tea-shop-loose-leaf-herbal-tea.html

SoccerMom

Hey IT’S THE KILT CUP!!! It’s sooo cute! I heart it. It is the kilt cup right?!?

AmazonV

Yes it’s the kilt cup :) I climbed on top of the counter to fetch it just for you!

LiberTEAS

I plan on trying this one tonight as well, as soon as I’m finished infusing my Tai Ping!

SoccerMom

Oh do be careful with it. It’s beautiful I can see you have tea parties with lil AmazonV one day out of that pretty heirloom.

AmazonV

Quick tips LiberTEAS – 1 minute is not enough for 10 buds and 16 oz water, but 9 is toooo much….my second steep is excellent, umm 3 minutes ish? i wish i timed it I can’t wait to see your review!

LiberTEAS

AmazonV Thank you for the tip! I will bear it in mind… and watch over it a bit better than I did my second infusion of Tai Ping. I think I can get at least 2 more infusions from my Tai Ping … probably more.

AmazonV

Ha! my bad eyesight plus MilitiaJim’s moose like destructive tendencies – we buy cast iron pots, pans and tea pots for their ability not to break! i’ll be lucky if the china survives him…he’s already broken one crystal wine goblet shrug he’s a bull in a china shop

SoccerMom

Hence the name “MILITIA” Jim? Hehe

~lauren.

Oh Lovely! I just saw this post – hence my tardy appearance on these comments – but truly lovely! Did you say they were a family tartan? Keep the bubble wrap from this tea and use it to store these precious teacups & saucers!!!

AmazonV

hehe bubble wrap the whole house! It’s the Stewart Clan tartan…which I’ve adopted (long story, dating 10 years, have engagement and wedding bands, and wedding clothes, but no wedding, it was supposed to be this past summer but we ran out of money) it is really MilitiaJim’s tartan

~lauren.

You should say The Noble Stewart Clan Tartan – somehow it needs caps! Oh, the history of it all – that’s so great – you know, the continuity of something historical like that and being a part of the future of it! Not being clear about it, but I’m sure you know what I mean.

__Morgana__

V. nice tartan cup. I haven’t tried this yet, am looking forward to walking in the muddy fields. ;-)

AmazonV

none of their history is tasty! every robbie burns day we eat haggis, and get to hear all about the history, all the while we smuggle in mustard and other things….they do scotch and wine tasting perhaps i can find some scottish teas and get tea tasting added next year!

__Morgana__

Haggis isn’t so bad. I draw the line at blood pudding, though.

__Morgana__

Or is it black pudding? Been a long time since I was last in Scotland.

~lauren.

go for the tea tasting! or better yet, make up some tea blends that represent The Scottish Way and we’ll think up a cool name for the tea and you can have that instead.

AmazonV

it’s called both blood and black actually http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_pudding

AmazonV

so projects for next year (have till January) find Scottish teas and/or teas that go well with the clotted cream and scones and scotch

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

LOVE the tea cup!

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I tried brewing these at just a minute this time, and I think I prefer it when it is brewed for a longer period of time.

This is a very light brew, it has virtually no color. The flavor is pollen-esque with honey tones (this honey flavor is further emphasized with the addition of a drop of honey) It is floral and vegetative although the vegetative nature reminds me a bit of straw or hay. I haven’t ever eaten straw or hay, but, this is what I would imagine it to taste like, anyways.

It is a very unique taste – not a bad one, just different. And… different IS good.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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I was another lucky recipient of a sample of this, though it has taken me until now to taste it. Sigh.

The flowers are so pretty! Small, with big yellow centers. Some of the flowers are pretty much only the centers as the petals have disconnected from them. The scent, as Cait said is odd. It’s extremely pungent and a little disturbing. Pollen, mixed with… salted wax? Sap-filled plastic? Fortunately it smooths out quite a bit after steeping and becomes much more green and plant like, almost bready.

It steeps to a light yellow/green, not too far removed from clear. The flavor is gentle, floral and sweet with a hint of chlorophylly bitterness. It suggests nectar and pollen, and something a tiny bit like cauliflower. I suppose the nectar and pollen part aren’t surprising given that it is made of flowers.

I also think this may be a taste you either love right away or you gradually acquire. It may be that I am in the acquiring stage, or I may not be able to get past the smell of the dry flowers.

Though I’m not sure this is for me, I appreciate getting the chance to try it. Thanks, JK Tea Shop.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Cait

It is definitely a very distinctive taste! And I still seem to be the only reviewer experiencing it as extremely sweet — apparently my tastes are a bit odd….

__Morgana__

I got the sweetness, for sure. The main problem I have is really with the fragrance of the dried flowers. It doesn’t sit well with my stomach.

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I’m drinking flowers! This is fairly good…sweet-floral, on the light side. Feminine, I suppose.

Meghann M

They look like pretty flowers!

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Backlogging from this morning.

My blend attempt at breakfast was an utter failure so I decided to try this instead. The liquor was quite a bright green which I was rather surprised at and as I waited for it to cool a bit I caught an aroma of asparagus coming from the cup.

Intrigued, I took a sip…yep asparagus. Lightly grilled or pan-seared asparagus. It would go great with some terriyaki-marinated chicken, rice, and grilled veggies (tomato, bell pepper and zucchini) I think. Not a good morning tea but the more I sipped the more it grew on me.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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I found this wild purple chrysanthemum all by accident. Last year, I went to visit one of my tea friends in Zhejiang, and visited his tea shop and found this flower tea.
Unlike many other commo chrysanthemum flower tea, this chrysanthemum is wild-growing in the mountains behind his parents’ house. Also, unlike many other common chrysanthemum, they will attract the insects to eat them; this wild growing one volatilizes the aroma that keeps insects away.
Super delicate/exquisite natural flower aroma; No matter how many times you blew, the delicate aroma still exisits.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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