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I sent out a packet of this with a recent sample package for a new Instagram tea friend. And since that left me with only a single 5g sample left, I figured I’d finish it off! But never fear, I still have a couple of unopened 25g packages of this one… ;)

I love sakura… It has such an unusual but delicious flavor – light and floral, sweet and fruity, yet herbaceous and savory as well. Unlike anything else, really. This one doesn’t actually have any salt added to the sakura, but it still has that slight salinity to it. The sencha base is scrumptious as well, über smooth with a wonderful blend of vegetal sweetness, refreshing grassiness, and complex umami notes.

Such a well-balanced tea, and one I’ll have to stock up on each year while it’s available! I also have a sakura and mint tisane from Obubu that I’m excited to try. :D

Flavors: Broth, Cherry, Cut Grass, Floral, Fruity, Grass, Herbaceous, Mineral, Round, Sakura, Salt, Savory, Seaweed, Smooth, Spinach, Sweet, Umami, Vegetal, Viscous

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 0 min, 45 sec 5 g 7 OZ / 200 ML
Mastress Alita

Ooo, sakura and mint sounds interesting!

CrowKettle

Love this tea farm already; this one sounds neat.

Lexie Aleah

I’ve been eyeing the Obubu subscription since reading your tasting notes. It looks really nice.

Cameron B.

I love Obubu and am happy to support them, but the subscription is definitely not cost effective. It’s around $27 per month and you get four shipments per year, so it’s over $80 per shipment. Each one is usually 25g of 6 different teas, so 150g total.

Lexie Aleah

Yikes, I didn’t realize that.

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Mastress Alita

Ooo, sakura and mint sounds interesting!

CrowKettle

Love this tea farm already; this one sounds neat.

Lexie Aleah

I’ve been eyeing the Obubu subscription since reading your tasting notes. It looks really nice.

Cameron B.

I love Obubu and am happy to support them, but the subscription is definitely not cost effective. It’s around $27 per month and you get four shipments per year, so it’s over $80 per shipment. Each one is usually 25g of 6 different teas, so 150g total.

Lexie Aleah

Yikes, I didn’t realize that.

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Hi, I’m Cameron! I’m a 30-something software engineer currently living in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two pugs, Gobo and Ume. I tend to cycle between my different hobbies, and they include knitting, video games, board games, miniature painting, bento, baking, and – of course – TEA! But really, what I’m best at is collecting hobby related-things… ;)

~ 2022 SIPDOWN CHALLENGE! ~
~ February Sipdowns: 4
~ Total 2022 Sipdowns: 45

I prefer my tea lukewarm or at room temperature and without milk or sugar. I will often sweeten iced tea. I brew Western style, and fluctuate between using mugs or teapots with small cups depending on the season. Occasionally I’ll brew Gongfu style when I’m in the mood. I also use a kyusu for Japanese teas.

I am always up for a swap! Just let me know if you’d like to try something in my cupboard.

Tea Preferences:
I enjoy both flavored and unflavored teas in many forms. These days, I drink mostly flavored teas, and I tend to gravitate most toward black, green, and oolong varieties. I do have a special fondness for straight Japanese green teas, however. I also enjoy maté, rooibos, honeybush, and herbal tisanes. I love matcha and drink it often!

Fruit: All of them! My ‘go-to’s tend to be in the red fruits, stonefruit, or citrus spectra. I also really love apple, banana, berry, fig, lychee, melon, pear, and rhubarb flavors. Tropical fruits aren’t among my favorites, but I still enjoy them once in a while – especially passionfruit, mango, and pineapple. I am not generally a fan of coconut in tea, though there are some exceptions.

Dessert: I love creamy vanilla and marshmallow flavors, along with anything in the caramel family such as butterscotch, toffee, or maple. Chocolate is also a favorite, though I’m often disappointed by it in tea. And don’t forget anything buttery, cakey, or cookie-y!

Floral: I’m a little bit more particular in this category. I very much enjoy jasmine, even strong jasmine, along with sakura and chamomile. Osmanthus is also a favorite of mine. But I’m not crazy about rose or lavender flavors, and I prefer hibiscus in moderation only.

Spices: I don’t generally find myself drawn to masala chai, but I do enjoy spices combined with other flavors. My favorite spices are the warm ones, especially cinnamon, nutmeg, anise, and cardamom. A bit of heat from black pepper or chili is okay too, as long as it’s not overwhelming! Ginger can be a lovely accent, but I find it difficult to drink as a starring flavor.

Aromatics: I’m obsessed with Earl Grey! I also love cooling flavors such as mint (especially spearmint), pine, juniper, and eucalyptus. I am not a fan of strong rosemary or sage in tea.

Favorite Purveyors:
3 Leaf
Bird & Blend
Dammann Frères
Kusmi
Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms
Lupicia
Taiwan Tea Crafts
TeaVivre
Yunnan Sourcing

Tea Rating Scale:
90-100: Outstanding! Permanent cupboard resident
80-89: Great – a possible staple
70-79: Good, but I wouldn’t buy it
60-69: It’s decent
50-59: Meh… I may or may not have finished the cup
40-49: Ick. Couldn’t finish it.
00-39: Repulsive, I spat it out

I will sometimes refrain from rating a tea if I feel I’m too biased due to my personal dislikes, or if I suspect the sample has been compromised by age.

Cupboard Spreadsheet:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1ZEuKf1-ppR-VXajO4vV39zU1N3zjFJteEPAynqD2yl0/edit?usp=sharing

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