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Black Herbal Blend
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Floral, Sake, Sakura, Salt, Cherry Blossom, Citrus, Drying, Fruity, Malt, Salty, Sweet, Tannic
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195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 45 sec 16 oz / 473 ml

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We are happy to announce the arrival of our seasonal flavor SAKURA: A black tea blended with an abundance of salted cherry blossom leaves. A springtime specialty with a refreshing scent reminiscent of sakura mochi, that complements both Japanese and Western sweets. Only available in limited quantity.

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This seasonal tea in one of my favorites. While salted cherry tree leaves may sound off-putting, this tea is actually very good. The black tea base is very smooth with a touch of caramel and vanilla flavors. I’m not sure how to even begin to explain how the cherry tree leaves taste, but I will give it my best. The cherry tree leaves do not taste salty at all, they add a crisp fresh flavor that I lack anything to compare them to. If I had to say what they reminded me of, the only comparison I could come up with is that they are reminiscent of how a plants just starting to re-grow in the springtime smell.

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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15915 tasting notes

Geek Steep S3E14 – Everything Everywhere All At Once

Look, sometimes the tea we drink while recording doesn’t have deeper meaning. Sometimes it’s just an excuse to make a cup of tea from that one tin on your shelf that you’ve felt has been staring at you for days and days – and that’s what happened here…

It’s not that deep even though it was very delicious.

Flavors: Floral, Sake, Sakura, Salt

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1223 tasting notes

I have been in the mood for a latte since I managed to restock on vanilla almond milk, and was thinking about my options when I ultimately settled on this, since a) my Lupicia sakura teas are very old at this point and b) the salt preserve on the leaves is gross to me but sometimes preparing as a latte with a sweet milk can curb that saliney/briny taste. As I sipped down the houjicha, I only had oat milk in the house, and that did not work well at all; the flavor was too similar to the houjicha and the vanilla of the oat milk wasn’t strong enough to hide the saltiness. I used vanilla almond milk on the Sakura Rooibos with fairly good results, though.

I got a beautiful foamy top on this! I smell a malty and slightly citrusy black tea with a top note of that distinct floral/cherry aroma of sakura which is so hard to describe. Mmm, excellent latte! Yes, I think vanilla almond milk is just my latte preference, or at least it goes well with these sakura teas. There is a mild tannic quality left on my tongue after the sip which I imagine is being curbed by the milk in the sip, so it is overall quite sweet and pleasant and loses the bitey quality some of Lupicia’s black bases have. For whatever reason, I’m picking up a strong citrus note from the base. The sakura is pleasant and left lingering on my tongue; I’m getting a little salinity but it is mostly all hidden by the sweet vanilla almond milk so I don’t have to wince with each sip.

I’m foreseeing many a sakura latte in my immediate future. (Does anyone know of any sakura-flavored teas that are a) real sakura, not just “cherry flavoring and florals” and b) don’t use salt preserves on the sakura? I’m looking for a replacement because my beloved Chasandai sakura green that used sugar to preserve instead is no longer available…)

Flavors: Cherry Blossom, Citrus, Drying, Floral, Fruity, Malt, Sakura, Salty, Sweet, Tannic

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Martin Bednář

Unfortunately no personal experience, but what about this?

Unfortunately, right now only 500 g which is too much for everyone. But if you want to split up with me (and maybe (and rather) with some others?)

Mastress Alita

That is the one I liked, but they discontinued the smaller amount packages. I can’t even get through 100g of tea leaf before it goes bad, I would never get through 500g of the same leaf in my lifetime.

Martin Bednář

I found this one,
it’s from tearoom but completely no idea if salted or not. I can ask for you, even order… but I have no experience with them. Their tearoom seems well reviewed on Google though, but located in Prague where I have no plans to go nowadays.

Cameron B.

I really enjoyed the one from Obubu recently – it’s just dried sakura blossoms and leaves, no sugar or salt. But I think it’s going to be very limited and only available during sakura season…

Cameron B.

Also I asked an Instagram friend who’s a sort-of ambassador for Yunomi and she said she would look into the Chasandai issue, as it’s one of her favorites as well. Fingers crossed!

Mastress Alita

It would be really great if Yunomi could have better size options for general consumers. They used to be one of the few places where I could get 20g samplers of Japanese tea without having to buy a whole 100g of the stuff.

Lexie Aleah

Also really like the Chasandai one and if they had a 100g amount I’d be happy to split it with you. Not sure we could find enough people to split 500g though.

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1810 tasting notes

I couldn’t resist Lupicia’s sakura release, as I haven’t tried any of the collection before. This has a bit of a brininess, but also a lovely soft floral flavor that is complimented by the black base nicely.

Mastress Alita

Ya, I love sakura stuff, but Lupicia’s sakura teas aren’t for me. The salt used to preserve the leaves (that “briny” taste) really turns me off.

Cameron B.

I ended up getting Sakura & Berry, Sakura Houji, and the Premium Sakura Green!


Mastress Alita- I can definitely see how the salt preserves would turn some people off.
Cameron- I got the Sakura & Berry and Sakura Houji too! Very excited to try them.

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116 tasting notes

This is a nice tea; it has a soft and floral flavor. If you like rose blended teas, I’d recommend trying this one.

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1113 tasting notes

I went to Lupcia in Tokyo and decided to change things up and get a black tea with a Japanese twist… absolutely not for me.
I would love to swap this tea with someone because it might end up being used for a burnt offering in regards to the sadness it caused my taste buds; however, maybe your taste buds have a different way of interpreting taste and could find joy from this.

Sakura Sushi

Oh, dear! That’s not good! What did it taste like?

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35 tasting notes

Strange, I don’t really taste much salt or brine at all. This comes across as a pleasant black tea, almost Darjeeling-like, quite crisp and refreshing. I expected a stronger taste of the salted cherry leaves but I can barely tell they’re present. Nice tea, inoffensive, just not as special as I expected. For the price, I expected something unique.

EDIT: After a few more steepings, I’ve nudged up the score a bit – if you put in a LOT of leaf, you get more of the sakura note, and then it’s better.

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