Blooming teas are the most beautiful to make, visually. Here I have Japan Greentea Co Sweet Sakura Tea.
The sakura blossoms come in a sealed foil sachet. They’ve been preserved in salt, with a few salt crystals still visible, and take on a sort of bruise colour. They’re not at all pretty out of the foil.
Pouring freshly boiled water over the blossoms bring them to life…
…and the petals quickly unfurl.…
… to resemble the cherry blossoms they once were. The petals lose their bruise colour and become more of a translucent pink. It’s a very feminine tea.
The translucent pink of the petals comes through as the slightest hint of pink in the clear liquor after infusing three blossoms in 100 ml of just boiled water for 1 minute. It has a salty and sour taste from the head right through to the aftertaste that reminds one of apricots and almonds preserved in brine. These floral notes of sakura I enjoy, but the briny, marine flavour from the salt used to preserve the sakura is bold — too bold — and stops me from enjoying it. I used to believe that the taste of sakura teas could be acquired, but I’m now convinced that it’s unpleasant and just not for me. That said, it is one of the prettiest teas I own.
This box of Japan Greentea Co Sweet Sakura Tea contained 6 tea bags. It was packed in Japan and was purchased in Osaka, Japan in 2014.