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drank Sakura by Lupicia
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I have been in the mood for a latte since I managed to restock on vanilla almond milk, and was thinking about my options when I ultimately settled on this, since a) my Lupicia sakura teas are very old at this point and b) the salt preserve on the leaves is gross to me but sometimes preparing as a latte with a sweet milk can curb that saliney/briny taste. As I sipped down the houjicha, I only had oat milk in the house, and that did not work well at all; the flavor was too similar to the houjicha and the vanilla of the oat milk wasn’t strong enough to hide the saltiness. I used vanilla almond milk on the Sakura Rooibos with fairly good results, though.

I got a beautiful foamy top on this! I smell a malty and slightly citrusy black tea with a top note of that distinct floral/cherry aroma of sakura which is so hard to describe. Mmm, excellent latte! Yes, I think vanilla almond milk is just my latte preference, or at least it goes well with these sakura teas. There is a mild tannic quality left on my tongue after the sip which I imagine is being curbed by the milk in the sip, so it is overall quite sweet and pleasant and loses the bitey quality some of Lupicia’s black bases have. For whatever reason, I’m picking up a strong citrus note from the base. The sakura is pleasant and left lingering on my tongue; I’m getting a little salinity but it is mostly all hidden by the sweet vanilla almond milk so I don’t have to wince with each sip.

I’m foreseeing many a sakura latte in my immediate future. (Does anyone know of any sakura-flavored teas that are a) real sakura, not just “cherry flavoring and florals” and b) don’t use salt preserves on the sakura? I’m looking for a replacement because my beloved Chasandai sakura green that used sugar to preserve instead is no longer available…)

Flavors: Cherry Blossom, Citrus, Drying, Floral, Fruity, Malt, Sakura, Salty, Sweet, Tannic

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Martin Bednář

Unfortunately no personal experience, but what about this? https://yunomi.life/products/chasandai-sakura-sencha-with-sugared-sakura-leaves?pos=2&_sid=990e0d6dd&ss=r

Unfortunately, right now only 500 g which is too much for everyone. But if you want to split up with me (and maybe (and rather) with some others?)

Mastress Alita

That is the one I liked, but they discontinued the smaller amount packages. I can’t even get through 100g of tea leaf before it goes bad, I would never get through 500g of the same leaf in my lifetime.

Martin Bednář

I found this one, https://www.kupsicaj.cz/kukicha-sakuraba-50g/
it’s from tearoom but completely no idea if salted or not. I can ask for you, even order… but I have no experience with them. Their tearoom seems well reviewed on Google though, but located in Prague where I have no plans to go nowadays.

Cameron B.

I really enjoyed the one from Obubu recently – it’s just dried sakura blossoms and leaves, no sugar or salt. But I think it’s going to be very limited and only available during sakura season…

Cameron B.

Also I asked an Instagram friend who’s a sort-of ambassador for Yunomi and she said she would look into the Chasandai issue, as it’s one of her favorites as well. Fingers crossed!

Mastress Alita

It would be really great if Yunomi could have better size options for general consumers. They used to be one of the few places where I could get 20g samplers of Japanese tea without having to buy a whole 100g of the stuff.

Lexie Aleah

Also really like the Chasandai one and if they had a 100g amount I’d be happy to split it with you. Not sure we could find enough people to split 500g though.

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Martin Bednář

Unfortunately no personal experience, but what about this? https://yunomi.life/products/chasandai-sakura-sencha-with-sugared-sakura-leaves?pos=2&_sid=990e0d6dd&ss=r

Unfortunately, right now only 500 g which is too much for everyone. But if you want to split up with me (and maybe (and rather) with some others?)

Mastress Alita

That is the one I liked, but they discontinued the smaller amount packages. I can’t even get through 100g of tea leaf before it goes bad, I would never get through 500g of the same leaf in my lifetime.

Martin Bednář

I found this one, https://www.kupsicaj.cz/kukicha-sakuraba-50g/
it’s from tearoom but completely no idea if salted or not. I can ask for you, even order… but I have no experience with them. Their tearoom seems well reviewed on Google though, but located in Prague where I have no plans to go nowadays.

Cameron B.

I really enjoyed the one from Obubu recently – it’s just dried sakura blossoms and leaves, no sugar or salt. But I think it’s going to be very limited and only available during sakura season…

Cameron B.

Also I asked an Instagram friend who’s a sort-of ambassador for Yunomi and she said she would look into the Chasandai issue, as it’s one of her favorites as well. Fingers crossed!

Mastress Alita

It would be really great if Yunomi could have better size options for general consumers. They used to be one of the few places where I could get 20g samplers of Japanese tea without having to buy a whole 100g of the stuff.

Lexie Aleah

Also really like the Chasandai one and if they had a 100g amount I’d be happy to split it with you. Not sure we could find enough people to split 500g though.

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