Chasandai Tea Factory: Sakura Sencha with Sugared Sakura Leaves

Tea type
Green Tea
Ingredients
Sencha
Flavors
Butter, Cherry, Cherry Blossom, Creamy, Spinach, Sweet, Vegetal, Dried Fruit, Grass, Peas, Sakura, Smooth, Floral, Freshly Cut Grass, Savory, Thick, Umami, Cookie, Cream, Sugar, Beany, Mineral
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Caffeine
Medium
Certification
Not available
Edit tea info Last updated by Dustin
Average preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec 3 g 27 oz / 813 ml

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  • “This is the last of the three sakura teas I got in Japan! I was intrigued by this one because it was described as having sugared cherry blossoms. I did notice a tiny amount of some sort of sugary...” Read full tasting note
  • “A gift. Don’t have much to add as there are already very good descriptions of this tea. It is almost like eating a sugar cookie with buttercream-cherry icing — heavy on the butter, light on the...” Read full tasting note
    90
  • “Thank you Cameron B. I love this! Busy day and I put this in my sipper and it’s so good! On the second infusion now. The Sencha is top notch, the subtle and delicate flavors of fruit, cherry,...” Read full tasting note
    93
  • “Sipdown! (37 | 167) Another of my oldest teas down! This one is a longstanding favorite from Yunomi. The lightly fruity-sweet and slightly savory sakura flavor is so well-balanced with the rich...” Read full tasting note
    95

From Yunomi

A blend of sencha, sugared Sakura (Japanese cherry blossom) leaves, dried Sakura blossom petals from tea factory Chasandai in Shimane Prefecture, Japan.

Distributed through Yunomi: https://yunomi.life/collections/flavored-green-teas/products/chasandai-sakura-sencha-with-sugared-sakura-leaves

Ingredients: Green tea, sugared Sakura leaves, dried Sakura petals

Steeping instructions: 2 grams per 200 ml, 80C/176F, 1 min

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8 Tasting Notes

1711 tasting notes

This is the last of the three sakura teas I got in Japan! I was intrigued by this one because it was described as having sugared cherry blossoms. I did notice a tiny amount of some sort of sugary lumps in there, but it’s minimal. The sencha is bright and crisp in this, but not puckering. The sakura is a little more subtle than one of the other two sakura teas, but it’s really nice. It has the lightest bit of that grassy pucker in parts of the sip and my mouth is left feeling dry after sips. I had a cup of this yesterday and was enjoying the three steepings more than I am now. Not sure if I steeped it different or if I’m just having an off day.
I will say… the packaging on this is gorgeous. The bag has sakura leaves printed on it and has strands of fiber running through the paper.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec
Cameron B.

Definitely one of my favorite sakura sencha!

Dustin

Where did you come across it? Did you order from Yunomi or is there somewhere domestically that carries it? I do wish I had caved and bought a few more sakura teas for comparison. Fauchon, Lupicia and Mariage Freres had some as well as several other Japanese companies.

Cameron B.

I got it from Yunomi. I find Lupicia’s sakura teas to be fairly good as well.

Dustin

I’m so bummed I didn’t see any of Lupicia’s sakura teas while I was in their stores!

Cameron B.

I bet they probably had them earlier in the Japanese stores, since the US website always gets things a bit late.

Dustin

You are probably right. We totally missed cherry blossom season by a week or two. We got to try a lot of cherry blossom foods, but I feel like places were winding the flavor down already. I’m seeing $15 shipping from Lupicia’s Hawaii store. Ouch.

ashmanra

Dustin: the shipping is never as high as they predict for me. Just last night I got a $6 refund to my account. They estimate high and then very, very quickly I get some of it back.

ashmanra

I think it is pretty consistently a $6 refund. I am on the east coast.

Cameron B.

Same as ashmanra, for it usually comes out to about $9 or so. They refund the difference when they actually ship it.

Dustin

Okay… y’all just convinced me. I ordered! I added a bag of decaf Sakurambo too! :D

ashmanra

Yaaaaaaaay! I hope you love it! The rosemary in Sakurambo is really nice.

Cameron B.

Yay for enabling, LOL! :P

Dustin

Right?! LOL!

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1548 tasting notes

A gift.

Don’t have much to add as there are already very good descriptions of this tea.
It is almost like eating a sugar cookie with buttercream-cherry icing — heavy on the butter, light on the floral cherry — while sitting on bed of fresh and fragrant sweet grass.
A second steep brings out more of the spinach vegetal flavor of the sencha and the cherry blossom becomes even more subtle but it’s still a delightful sip.

Hello, spring.

Thank you Mastress Alita.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec 2 g 7 OZ / 200 ML
Kawaii433

Cameron B. sent me this one to try. I really liked it :D.

Mastress Alita

That’s a slight improvement from cherry-scented butt from the salted-sakura leaf version that Lupicia does. I like both, but do prefer the sugared leaves over the salted, myself.

derk

Nobody wants to smell your finger when you say “Smell my finger.”
Night and Day, both from the cupboards of Mastress Alita.

LuckyMe

Still my favorite sakura tea. Glad you liked it too.

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93
379 tasting notes

Thank you Cameron B. I love this!

Busy day and I put this in my sipper and it’s so good! On the second infusion now. The Sencha is top notch, the subtle and delicate flavors of fruit, cherry, butter, and the sweetness are spot on. Love it. Really good reviews on this “Je ne sais quoi” type of tea so I’ll leave it at that. I’ll definitely get some for my shelf.

Flavors: Butter, Cherry, Cherry Blossom, Creamy, Spinach, Sweet, Vegetal

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 g 12 OZ / 354 ML
LuckyMe

I’ve tried them all and this is hands down my favorite sakura tea. Glad you liked it too!

Mastress Alita

I love this one, I think it tastes like sugar cookies.

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3986 tasting notes

Sipdown! (37 | 167)

Another of my oldest teas down!

This one is a longstanding favorite from Yunomi. The lightly fruity-sweet and slightly savory sakura flavor is so well-balanced with the rich umami and vegetal notes of the sencha. And then there’s the fresh and sweet green grassiness that ties the two together so well. All with such a lovely silky mouthfeel…

It’s amazing how good this still is given the package was from 2017… Onto the wishlist it goes! I also have some sakura blossoms from Obubu, I’ll have to try adding some to one of their sencha…

Flavors: Butter, Cherry, Floral, Freshly Cut Grass, Grass, Sakura, Savory, Smooth, Spinach, Thick, Umami, Vegetal

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Lexie Aleah

Love this one!

Cameron B.

It’s so good! Definitely on the reorder list once I’ve sipped down a bit more. :)

Mastress Alita

I love this one too. I’ve been drinking a lot of sakura teas lately, mostly old Lupicia ones, and I don’t like them nearly as much as this one, on account of this one having the leaves preserved with sugar and all the Lupicia ones use salt.

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1212 tasting notes

It’s been a hot minute since I’ve had this one! My hording habits are particularly bad with this because it’s a) one of the few sakura teas I’ve found that I really like since the leaves are preserved in sugar rather than salt, b) not particularly easy to get for someone that likes to avoid international shipping as much as possible. But I decided to make a cup this morning for the February sipdown prompt, “Drink a cherry tea.”

It still smells lovely in the cup, even though this is well past the prime of green tea now. Sadly the green tea no longer has that strong “buttery” flavor I was getting before, and the tea no longer reminds me of sugar cookies as a result, but it is still quite tasty. The base is perhaps a little flat now as there is a sharp minerality to it that I don’t recall from before, but also still a strong vegetal flavor that tastes like a mix of beans and peas. The sakura is more subdued now, too… I can smell it but there is only a faint florality and sweetness to the cup, with the strong vegetal sencha notes taking over.

This was definitely a tea that was better when I had it fresh… which just proves how stupid it is to tea horde. I guess I won’t feel so bad to move it over to the sipdown pile now, though. I’ve opted to not change the rating as I remember the sweet and delectable cookie-ness of this tea in the past, and am positive age is to blame, now.

Flavors: Beany, Floral, Mineral, Peas, Sakura, Sweet, Vegetal

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 350 ML
Michelle

Ha! ‘how stupid it is to tea horde’ well I’ve never been accused of being a ‘smart’ tea drinker, so I think I can relate to this one. Someday I might have a reasonable sized and organized cupboard, or I might age some of my very favorite tea into less drinkable leaves.

derk

Mmm, I remember this tea! Is the from the same batch you sent me several years ago?

Mastress Alita

It is… sadly. T_T

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676 tasting notes

I love sakura flavored anything, so when Yunomi rolled out this new blend a couple of weeks ago I rushed to order a sample. I was especially excited that this was a naturally flavored tea, scented only with real cherry flowers. Salt pickled sakura blossoms notwithstanding, nearly every cherry blossom tea I’ve come across has added flavoring which I’m not a fan of. The only other one I’ve liked is Den’s Sakura Sencha.

Upon opening the pouch, I immediately felt transported to a field of blossoming cherry trees in springtime. The aroma of the tea is almost ethereal, fruity and elegantly floral. There’s nothing artificial about it at all, neither in aroma or flavor. The taste is exquisitely subtle, more sencha than sakura. You taste the fresh sencha first followed by a delightful cherry blossom flavor that gently dances across your palate. I recommend letting the tea cool a bit to really taste the sakura. The base sencha is buttery and light, and unlike Den’s blend, is not very grassy. Its mellow body lets the soft cherry flavor shine through.

The flavoring here is verrry light. For some it may be too weak but as someone who finds most flavored teas too overpowering, it was perfect for me. This is the first flavored tea – aside from jasmine – that I could drink straight without needing to underleaf or blend with a straight tea. I think this one will appeal most to those who drink straight green teas.

Compared to my other favorite, Den’s is a deeply grassy green tea with a stronger cherry flavoring that can taste a bit medicinal while this is a more low-key affair and is by far the most natural tasting sakura tea I’ve ever tried.

Flavors: Butter, Cherry Blossom

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 120 OZ / 3548 ML

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