Sakura & Berry

Tea type
Black Herbal Blend
Ingredients
Not available
Flavors
Astringent, Baked Bread, Floral, Jam, Sakura, Salt, Strawberry, Sweet, Bitter, Hay, Musty, Tannic, Autumn Leaf Pile, Malt, Savory, Smooth, Cocoa, Tannin, Berry
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Loose Leaf, Sachet
Caffeine
High
Certification
Not available
Edit tea info Last updated by Cameron B.
Average preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 14 oz / 414 ml

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  • “Each year Lupicia Tea, a Japanese tea company, comes out with a Sakura collection to celebrate cherry blossom season. The collection changes each year and for 2021 the theme is traditional...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Another one from Cameron B! Thanks so much! This one is intriguing as the base is nilgiri and darjeeling and it’s sakura which is cherry blossom. It’s tough for me to tell these bases are here...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Sipdown! So at this point, this one is just a sakura black tea now, without the berry part. It’s still perfectly pleasant however, as I really enjoy sakura-flavored teas. The base tea is somewhat...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Happy World Milk Day! Today the prompt is “add a milk (non-dairy is fine!) to a tea.” This is my final tea from Lupicia’s sakura line-up all the way back in 2018, when they still had a US base in...” Read full tasting note
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From Lupicia

This is a flavorful black tea blend of light Darjeeling and Nilgiri, scented with fresh raspberries and sweet strawberries, layered with fragrant cherry blossoms. It is best taken straight, but it is also quite delicious with a little milk. Limited edition seasonal spring tea.

Ingredients: Indian black tea, Vietnamese black tea, salted cherry leaf (cherry leaf, salt, alumnium potassium sulfate), rose petals, flavorings

Steeping Instructions:

Amount of Tea Leaves: 0.10oz(2.5-3g)
Water Temperature: Boiling Water
Brewing Time: 2.5-3min.
Infusion: 1-2cups

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27 tasting notes

Each year Lupicia Tea, a Japanese tea company, comes out with a Sakura collection to celebrate cherry blossom season. The collection changes each year and for 2021 the theme is traditional Japanese culture that has been handed down through the generations, such as crafts and traditional Japanese patterns. The collection is well balanced and features a green tea, a decaf tea, black tea, rooibos, even a sakura matcha! The tins this year are beautiful and feature a lovely floral motive. I have wanted to try teas from Lupicia’s Sakura collection for some time so I decided this year that I would order a few.

The first one I am reviewing is Sakura & Berry. This has a black tea base with salted cherry leaf, rose petal and flavoring. The description says that this has a “sweet strawberry flavor.” The dry leaf smells amazing and actually made me think of when my mom would make me strawberries and cream oatmeal as a kid. I steeped the tea up at 212 degrees for 3 minutes.

I really love this one. The first taste is a nice fruity strawberry flavor, nothing too strong. It actually has the same strawberry flavor as strawberries and cream oatmeal but without the cream aspect. On the second taste I get a hit of the black tea base, it is smooth and mellow. I had hoped that I would get taste of the salted cherry leaf however that didn’t come through in the flavor.

Overall this is a tasty strawberry tea in a beautiful tin and certainly worth trying if you love strawberry-flavored teas. I really enjoy Lupicia tea, in fact their rooibos-based honeydew melon tea is in my top 5 favorite teas of all time! If you are interested in the Sakura collection I would not wait as fulfillment for the US comes from the online Hawaii Lupicia store and they get very limited amounts of inventory on these special edition collections.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Cameron B.

I did not need to be reminded about their sakura collection! (covers eyes)

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Another one from Cameron B! Thanks so much! This one is intriguing as the base is nilgiri and darjeeling and it’s sakura which is cherry blossom. It’s tough for me to tell these bases are here from the flavor. But the base is delicious though. I know it doesn’t taste like a usual black tea that Lupicia would usually use. It’s interesting since the description says they use salted cherry leaves which is a new one. I think cherry is the most distinct note and it’s a floral sort of cherry flavor rather than a cough drop flavor. There should also be raspberry and strawberry here but I don’t notice those at all. The flavor is fantastic, especially as it cools – it’s fruity, sharp, thirst quenching, yet a little drying like a wine might be. But I like when teas are both drying and thirst quenching. The second steep was amazing, even though I accidentally steeped it way too long. I’d suggest trying it that way.. I’d definitely brew it either minutes on the second steep again. I’m very shocked but very happy the oversteep didn’t ruin this tea!
Steep #1 // 1 teaspoons for not quite full mug // 18 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // couple minutes after boiling // 8 minute steep

Cameron B.

Sakura is a really interesting flavor, it’s unlike any other floral note I’ve had. I should’ve sent you my favorite sakura sencha to compare.

tea-sipper

Sakura is definitely a first for me, somehow… after all these years of teas. I guess I never thought about a cherry blossom tea. :D

Kawaii433

I had this in my cart today and removed it… Bah. lol

tea-sipper

Oh I’m sorry you didn’t get it… I didn’t even know it was still on the site.

tea-sipper

holy crap, looking at the site again, I was just looking at the loose leaf. :X

Kawaii433

hehehe It’s ok, I had to let go some or I’d be in the poorhouse. #HoardCity

Mastress Alita

I don’t think the sakura teas would be available right now. Normally they only come out during March.

LuckyMe

My favorite Sakura is Sencha with Sugared Sakura leaves from Yunomi. Its a very subtle tea, but has the most natural cherry flavoring of all the ones I’ve tried. Luckily its available all year round.

Mastress Alita

That is the same one that is me and Cameron’s favorite, @LuckyMe. That sakura tea is so freaking good.

Cameron B.

@LuckyMe & Alita – Clearly it’s the best, since we all agree! ;)

tea-sipper

I couldn’t tell which Yunomi Sakura tea you guys are talking about, so I just added them all to the wishlist to make a note of them for later. :D

tea-sipper

That one was not under Yunomi so I missed it. Thanks for posting it, Cameron

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Sipdown!

So at this point, this one is just a sakura black tea now, without the berry part. It’s still perfectly pleasant however, as I really enjoy sakura-flavored teas. The base tea is somewhat musty and haylike, and a tad bit brisk.

I will say, I think I prefer sakura green teas to black ones. Nevertheless, it’s a tasty tea, even though it’s clearly degraded a bit with age.

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Hay, Musty, Sakura, Salt, Tannic

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Courtney

What does sakura taste like?

Cameron B.

Uh oh. I’m going to have to send you a sample because it’s hard for me to explain. Lightly floral with a bit of cherry maybe? But usually it’s also a bit savory? Someone help me out here!

Mastress Alita

Ya, it’s… like a floral cherry taste. I am crazy for the stuff! Beware so-called “sakura” named blends made in America because they typically just dump rose petals and medicinal cherry flavoring together and somehow think that is the same thing. It is not.

Courtney

Good to know! I am not overly fond of florals, but this one does sound interesting!

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Happy World Milk Day! Today the prompt is “add a milk (non-dairy is fine!) to a tea.”

This is my final tea from Lupicia’s sakura line-up all the way back in 2018, when they still had a US base in California. I also like it much more than the other Lupicia sakura offerings, which waned too salty/salinic in flavor for my personal tastes due to the salt-preserves Lupicia uses on the sakura leaf. This tea, which has added strawberry flavoring, comes off sweeter and fruitier and I don’t taste the salt. I get a strawberry and sakura mochi feel, which is very pleasant! It’s probably the one sakura tea from Lupicia I’d happily restock sometime.

The only downside to it is that the base is a CTC that wanes on the strong/brisk/overly tannic side. I use a shorter steep for my black teas in general (3 minutes) and even with that, it is almost too bitey for me. I drank their other sakura teas as lattes just to combat the saltiness with the sweeter milk, but I thought this one would do well as a latte too, just because of the strength of the black base.

I prepared 12 oz. of tea to 4 oz. of vanilla almond milk (my favorite kind of non-milk to use because of its natural sweetness/creaminess and it froths nicely in my milk warmer/frother). I used extra leaf for the tea to accomodate the milk, but kept my steep to three minutes. I can still taste a bready/leafy quality from the base, but the milk does help temper that astringent bite at the end of the sip, and the strawberry and sakura flavors are still present and tasty, and perhaps even a bit more candy-like with the addition of the creamy vanilla-flavored milk.

A very satisfying latte!

Flavors: Astringent, Baked Bread, Cocoa, Floral, Malt, Sakura, Strawberry, Sweet, Tannin

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Tiffany :)

I love reading your tasting notes Mastress Alita :)

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This tea is a bit mild; the sakura and berry is light and the black tea base isn’t that strong too. If you want something stronger, probably need to steep this a bit more.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Well, I’ve immedietly stumbled in my “no new teas” policy. This is not the offending brew, instead a book themed tea (Pride & Peppermint) was my downfall this weekend at the bay area book festival.
Well, all the more reason to redouble my efforts in sipping down! And no more new teas for real this time.
The hidden part of my sipdown goal is to drink/try the teas that have not yet been tasted. I have some that have not yet been opened, and that has gotta be remedied!
So, my cup today was this, a pretty tin of Sakura and Berry.
This is quite a tart blend (the sakura?), but not at all unpleasant. It is almost sour, but more like a refreshing sour than an unpleasant sour.
I don’t think it will be a favorite, but I’m happy to try more from this little tin!

Fjellrev

Don’t beat yourself up! Sometimes you can’t resist a good pun, especially if it’s something that’s a reference to something awesome.

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With all the crazy sipdowns lately, I thought it would be appropriate to start something new.

I don’t feel like writing much on this tea because I feel like I’ve had this over and over again from them. Both Carol and Rose Royal have the same strawberry candy flavouring in it, and although the latter at least had an interesting additional grape note, they all seem repetitive.

So I’m left with a classic Lupicia slightly astringent black base with melted strawberry hard candy in my mug. It’s nothing to write home about, unfortunately. Maybe it’ll fare better as a cold brew.

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This is the bagged version.

After going tea shopping only at T2 for a while when visiting Melbourne, I decided to change things up and I had the pleasure of visiting Lupicia’s Melbourne store recently . This was the tea I sampled while I was there.

So good! The lovely scent of sweet cherry blossoms and berries was the first thing I liked, and initially drew me to it. Once tasting, it is nicely delicate and has a subtle flavour that is not too sweet.

Overall, very happy I purchased this.

Flavors: Berry, Sakura, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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