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K is for… Kunlun Mountain Snow Chrysanthemum Flower.

These are beautiful. A gift from Michelle. I used five buds in a clear mug and steeped for four minutes. The water turned dark as soon as it hit the dried flowers. They opened fully and swirled around the top of my cup as they steeped. I thought I smelled dark chocolate covered cherries in the dry flowers, also lemon, but both the aroma while steeping and the taste after hints at dill (just as Michelle said). There’s something else I can’t place, like the feeling you get when you walk into an antique store full of leather furniture and old books. It’s not a musty smell, not at all, but it seems very familiar. Each drink feels as though I’m about to take a sip of pickle juice as I’m leaning in, but the flavor isn’t so strong as the scent. The description said that honey would increase the flavor, but I’m not really finding that to be the case. If anything, the honey is overpowering the taste. It also says that rock sugar is often added, so I may try that next time instead. Michelle mentioned that she frequently adds this to chamomile or Assam. I feel like this herbal has a lot to offer, both on its own and as an add-in to other teas. I’m intrigued by it and really glad I’m having an opportunity to try it. Thanks, Michelle!

Flavors: Cherry, Dark Bittersweet, Dill, Lemon

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 6 OZ / 177 ML
Martin Bednář

I checked those out on Etsy, but they don’t ship them here *sobs

Michelle

This is so very different from regular chrysanthemum flowers! Glad you got to try :)

Shae

Martin – Michelle mentioned that Vital Leaf Tea also carries Snow Chrysanthemum, though they are often sold out. I checked their shipping and it’s a little confusing, but I think it says that they will accept orders from international customers. Here is the link if you would like to check – https://vitaltealeaf.net/collections/tisanes/products/snow-chrysanthemum.

Michelle – I’ve never had regular chrysanthemum flowers, but these were such a treat. Really just a unique flavor!

Martin Bednář

Thank you Shae! I had those from Yunnan Sourcing, which do ship here, so I am considering placing the order there. But I don’t want to place any orders now… too much teas here!

Shae

I understand that! :D

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Martin Bednář

I checked those out on Etsy, but they don’t ship them here *sobs

Michelle

This is so very different from regular chrysanthemum flowers! Glad you got to try :)

Shae

Martin – Michelle mentioned that Vital Leaf Tea also carries Snow Chrysanthemum, though they are often sold out. I checked their shipping and it’s a little confusing, but I think it says that they will accept orders from international customers. Here is the link if you would like to check – https://vitaltealeaf.net/collections/tisanes/products/snow-chrysanthemum.

Michelle – I’ve never had regular chrysanthemum flowers, but these were such a treat. Really just a unique flavor!

Martin Bednář

Thank you Shae! I had those from Yunnan Sourcing, which do ship here, so I am considering placing the order there. But I don’t want to place any orders now… too much teas here!

Shae

I understand that! :D

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Lifetime student. Lover of books and paper and ink. Kitchen dweller. Aspiring herbalist, excessively proud cat lady, and tea fanatic. Thirty-something elder millennial. She/her.

I love flavored black teas most of all, always with cream and honey. I prefer to sweeten my tea as it seems to bring out the flavor. I enjoy floral and fruity teas, as well as flavored or scented ones. I’m not overly fond of green or white teas, but I’ve found a few that I enjoy.

I’m open to tea swaps and/or just sharing what’s in my tea cabinet! Please reach out if you see something I have that you’d like to try. I do my best to update my cupboard regularly.

It will take me longer than usual to get to the post office while we’re in the midst of this pandemic, but I would still love to send you something next time I’m out and about!

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Any and all black teas, smoky teas, raspberry, strawberry, red fruits, bergamot, chai spices, floral teas, caramel/toffee, jasmine, rose, vanilla, peaches, plums, valerian root, cinnamon, cardamom

Not a huge fan
Lime, white teas, green teas, artificial sweeteners, sarsaparilla, licorice, lemongrass, lavender, hot hibiscus, hibiscus in black tea blends

Rating Scale

1-20: By far, one of the worst teas I’ve tasted. I most certainly will not finish my cup and will likely “gift” the rest to my sweet husband, James, who almost always enjoys the teas I dislike (and vice versa).

21-49: This tea is not good but if I mix it with another tea or find another steeping method I might be able to finish it.

50-70: This one is just okay. I might drink it again if someone were to give it to me, but I probably won’t be buying more for myself.

71-79: This is a consistently good tea. It’s reliable but not necessarily special.

80-90: This one is a notch above the rest and I would gladly enjoy a cup of it any day of the week. I’ll likely be keeping this in my cupboard, but it isn’t one of my all-time favorites.

91-95: One small change and this tea would be perfect. I’ll definitely have a stash of this in my kitchen if you come over for tea.

96-100: No words can describe this tea. It’s an experience, an aha moment. Closed eyes, wide smile, encompassing warmth. Absolutely incredible. Perfect.

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