Ottogi Chrysanthemum Tea

Chrysanthemum tea that came in single serve envel­opes of sug­ar tisane were a reg­u­lar fix­ture in my child­hood. But unsweetened chrys­an­them­um tea is a more recent intro­duc­tion to my pal­ate. This here is Ottogi Chrysanthemum Tea, a Korean brand.

Infusing 2 envel­opes in 200 ml of water at 85°C for 2.5 minutes yields a trans­lu­cent yel­low-green liquor with an earthy nose. On tast­ing, a pleas­ant chrys­an­them­um fla­vour builds through the body to a clean fin­ish. The chrys­an­them­um is lightly sweet and flor­al with strong veget­al and earthy notes like a green rooibos or a chamo­mile with its apple-like sweet­ness pared back. I ima­gine less crushed and more whole chrys­an­them­um tea may have a bright­er fla­vour, but this infu­sion by Ottogi is the per­fect every­day pal­ate cleanser.

This box of Ottogi Chrysanthemum Tea con­tained 20 envel­opes. It was packed in Korea and pur­chased in Sydney, Australia in 2015.