Received some of this from Steph in a tea swap and decided to bring it to work this morning, along with the sticky rice one for rhinkle, who is a fan of puerh blends with pandan.
I didn’t really know what to expect, as I’m not really familiar with crysanthemum (I have a crysanthemum pu cake, but haven’t tried it at all yet). The aroma was an interesting one that reminded me of the dried goods/tea aisle of the asian market I most often frequent. Now that I think about it, it also smells like one of my containers at home that has a bunch of dried ingredients stored in it, including dried lilies. The other one smelled just as expected…like pandan!
It was tough waiting like 10 minutes for this to steep, but once it was ready it was super dark. The taste was kind of like a light coffee up front, with that rich, earthy shou taste and smoothness rounding out each sip. I am not really sure if the chrysanthemum flavor came through much since I’m not sure what it is supposed to taste like, but it didn’t take away from the pu at all in my opinion.
Thanks again for sending this Steph! I can see something like this being a good option for situations where having a good tea setup won’t be an option, or for easy drinking in a mug any time!
Flavors: Coffee, Earth, Smooth