Snow Chrysanthemum Buds Flower Tea from the Kunlun Mountains

Tea type
Herbal Tea
Ingredients
Chrysanthemum
Flavors
Black Pepper, Caramel, Dill, Floral, Grass, Green Bell Peppers, Mineral, Spicy
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Bulk, Loose Leaf
Caffeine
Caffeine Free
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Average preparation
Boiling 6 g 6 oz / 177 ml

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  • “Here is another review from the incrementally shrinking backlog. I polished off a 50g pouch of these snow chrysanthemum buds back in June, but of course, I am just now reviewing them on Steepster....” Read full tasting note
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  • “Brewed western. Dry buds smell like a pungent tangerine. Liquor has the added scent of clarified butter. Cat does not like the smell. Tastes like, hm, definite tangerine or tangelo, mango...” Read full tasting note
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  • “I don’t think I’ve tried enough ‘floral’ teas, or maybe I’m just some kind of cretin, but this just makes me think of pickles and I’m not mad about it. bonus: these lil’ buds look like teeny pumpkins.” Read full tasting note

From Yunnan Sourcing

Snow Chrysanthemum tea is a rare and highly sought after high altitude (3000 meters) flower tea from the Kunlun Mountains in Xinjiang province. The tea is picked and sun-dried once a year then hand-sorted into various grades. We offer only the highest grade available!

Our Snow Chrysanthemum Buds have a unique taste that is a bit different from the opened flowers we sell here. These are picked while still buds and then dried in the high altitude sun to cure them. The aroma of the buds is thick and pungent. Sweet and floral. The brewed tea is sweet, honey-like with a light flower and cooling mint-like taste. The tea soup is gold-red and the buds can be infused 8 to 10 times if brewed gong fu style.

A lovely tea with strong sweet and spiced flavor, it can be brewed alone or with other teas (like ripe pu-erh or black tea). It’s a great tea to drink after dinner and has no caffeine. It is thought that properties within the chrysanthemum flower have a calming effect and aid in sleep. In the Traditional Chinese Materia Medica Snow Chrysanthemum is described as aiding respiratory fitness, regulating blood pressure and preventing cancer.

Regardless of any health claims this is foremost an enjoyable drink. Try mixing with ripe pu-erh or black tea for a lovely gong fu experience!

You need to store this airtight and keep in a cool and dry place to keep it fresh!

April 2017 Harvest

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Here is another review from the incrementally shrinking backlog. I polished off a 50g pouch of these snow chrysanthemum buds back in June, but of course, I am just now reviewing them on Steepster. I had little experience with pure chrysanthemum flower tisanes prior to trying this one, but I do have to say that I found it to be tremendously enjoyable. Even if tisanes, in general, are not things I consume regularly, I would be very willing to try this one again at some point in the near future.

I prepared this tisane gongfu style. Honestly, I had no clue how to brew it, so I just went with my gut. After a brief rinse, I steeped 6 grams of snow chrysanthemum buds in 4 ounces of 212 F water for 5 seconds. This infusion was followed by 19 additional infusions. Steep times for these infusions were as follows: 7 seconds, 9 seconds, 12 seconds, 16 seconds, 20 seconds, 25 seconds, 30 seconds, 40 seconds, 50 seconds, 1 minute, 1 minute 15 seconds, 1 minute 30 seconds, 2 minutes, 3 minutes, 5 minutes, 7 minutes, 10 minutes, 15 minutes, and 20 minutes. I cut this session off when I did because I was long past the point where I would have needed to use a warmer to get anything else out of this tisane.

Prior to the rinse, the dry flower buds emitted lovely, spicy chrysanthemum aromas with some herbal and vegetal hints. Oddly enough, smelling the dry buds reminded me of my time working as a vocational rehabilitation instructor at a local community health agency. I led classes at a garden center, and in late summer and early fall, my clients and I grew chrysanthemums. The area around my greenhouse used to smell like them all the time, and the smell of chrysanthemum blossoms quickly became one of my favorite smells. After the rinse, I detected more even floral aromas with some hints of black pepper. The first infusion was then slightly more peppery on the nose, but still very floral overall. In the mouth, the liquor offered delicate, peppery chrysanthemum notes with hints of vegetal and herbal characteristics that I could not quite place. Subsequent infusions retained strongly floral aromatics and remained mostly floral in the mouth. Some defined notes of dill, grass, green bell pepper, minerals, and pickle brine also appeared. Caramel sweetness and hints of black pepper then came out on the finish. There was not a ton of difference in terms of aroma or flavor in the later infusions. The chrysanthemum notes were more muted, and the notes of pickle brine, minerals, and green bell pepper were a little stronger. Impressions of caramel and black pepper were still evident on the swallow.

This was a fun and very satisfying tisane. I would imagine that fans of floral concoctions would absolutely love it. I especially appreciated its longevity. No matter how hard I tried I could not exhaust these little buds. Overall, this was definitely a quality tisane at a more than reasonable price.

Flavors: Black Pepper, Caramel, Dill, Floral, Grass, Green Bell Peppers, Mineral, Spicy

Preparation
Boiling 6 g 4 OZ / 118 ML
derk

I’m glad you wrote a review detailing your gong fu experience. I now want to try plopping a only a gram in my 60mL gaiwan to see what results.

derk

I think somebody in my family had the same, or similar job as you, except in western Ohio…

eastkyteaguy

It wouldn’t surprise me. Community health agencies in several states used to run closed workshop programs for individuals with developmental disabilities. Most were greenhouse and/or garden center-based.

derk

used to, were Does that imply they’re no longer around where you live? Sounds like it would be a beneficial community program.

eastkyteaguy

derk, a lot of agencies have been transitioning away from the closed workshop model because it does not allow for community integration. Also, due to Medicaid restrictions, individuals who worked or continue to work in such settings were/are not covered by minimum wage laws. Supported employment is the model that Kentucky is moving towards because it both guarantees fair wages and allows for community integration. In this model, individuals with disabilities are placed directly in local businesses and receive supports directly from staff as well as employment specialists. The agency I used to work for is still around and so is my old worksite, though, the program has been restructured from what I understand. I have no clue how it is run now.

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Brewed western. Dry buds smell like a pungent tangerine. Liquor has the added scent of clarified butter. Cat does not like the smell. Tastes like, hm, definite tangerine or tangelo, mango chutney-ish, noticeable black pepper and ginger spice, kind of sweet, a pungent green herb (curry leaf?), a scintilla of citrus blossom (look at me using thesaurus.com like I’m in middle school), a cooling minty whisper. Aftertaste of those gummy, sugared orange slices that remind me of old people in my childhood. Kind of a thick mouthfeel, not thin at all like a lot of herbal teas. Tongue tingles. Many resteeps. Warming, calming. They grow north of Tibet, neat. Best caffeine-free I’ve ever had. Crazy. Awesome. Get some.

Preparation
Boiling 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Girl Meets Gaiwan

I’ve been eyeing this one for a while. Good to have the endorsement, I’ll have to give it a try!

Mastress Alita

I absolutely love those gummy orange slices. If my supervisor puts them in her candy dish, they will be gone by the end of the day, and she’s giving me the stank eye because everyone in the office knows who is responsible for it.

derk

There’s always a candy thief in the office. I’m that way with Smarties.

eastkyteaguy

I loved these things. I didn’t get citrus, gummy orange slices, or ginger out of them, though I got dill, green bell pepper, caramel, grass, and pickle brine out of them. How long were you able to keep them going? Once I got to the 20 minute mark, I just gave up because I could not seem to exhaust them. I have no problem admitting that these little flower buds defeated me.

derk

Brewed western with just 1 flat tsp (~1.4g), I was able to get 4 untimed, 8-oz infusions before I fell asleep, so roughly 1L:1.5g. The citrus was the most prominent note for me in taste, smell and aftertaste but I admit I haven’t spent much time around chrysanthemums besides what people put on their porches around Halloween. I just brought out the bag for a sniff and I can pick up on the dill, green bell pepper and pickle brine you mention. I suppose that’s what I labelled as ‘pungent’ in my tired state. I’m really impressed with their longevity!

derk

For me, the ginger came out in spiciness rather than in flavor.

eastkyteaguy

Do you have the chrysanthemum flower tea as well. I still have about 40g of last year’s production that I am working my way through. They make for an interesting contrast with the buds. I find the flowers smoother and a little sweeter with a fruitiness that I did not get out of the buds.

Mastress Alita

I don’t have plain chrysanthemum but do have chrysanthemum flowers mixed with white tea. Oddly enough, I remember it reminding me a lot of butterfly pea flower…

eastkyteaguy

derk, yeah, the latter is the one. I always intended to pick up the Emperor’s Yellow Chrysanthemum, but have never gotten around to it.

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I don’t think I’ve tried enough ‘floral’ teas, or maybe I’m just some kind of cretin, but this just makes me think of pickles and I’m not mad about it.

bonus: these lil’ buds look like teeny pumpkins.

derk

Clearly a cretin.

Your review made me chuckle :)

tea-sipper

These DO seem pickly, now that you mention it. haha

annie

some days are just cretinous days, and I’ve learned to accept it. and I’m glad it made you chuckle :)

annie

I’ve been meaning to make some more of this, but I keep hesitating thinking ‘do I really want to drink some pickles right now?’ before choosing something else. what an odd thing to think about, hahaha.

tea-sipper

Well, if it makes you think the flavor is pickles, then there is nothing you can do about it. haha :D

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