I had the SWEETEST thing happen to me – my coworker’s boyfriend, who loves tea, and who I regularly pass a few ounces of tea here and there to through my coworker, stopped in the office and presented me with a big bag of this tea!!!!! He thanked me for the tea that I have passed on to him, and wanted to return the favor.
It is a green tea and there are tons of rose petals in it – the cherry rosy fragrance from the dry leaves and buds was intoxicating! I thought that a short steep time would insure that the rose didn’t become cloying and “too much” – I think it worked! I’m tasting a great cherry flavor, and the rose is present, but not in a frightening way :) It is very flavorful, but I can’t taste the green tea at all (which can be a good thing as far as I am concerned). Also, the tea brews PINK (In fact, it’s making me bounce in my seat and say “Peeeeenk! Look, my tea is Peeeeeeenk!” I think this tea out froofs even the Rosy Earl Grey.
That being said, it’s not anything like the other cherry blossom green tea I’ve tried: Ceriser de Chine. This tea is anything but subtle. This is the American Screaming In Your Face cherry blossom tea, as opposed to the French Exquisitely Blended La De Da cherry blossom tea. That’s ok – there’s room for both!
Second steep just as Peeeeenk and Tasty!!!
I think the fact that it’s such an incredibly thoughtful gift makes it taste extra good, too :)