My first experience with snow chrysanthemum and a very positive one.
This purple tea comes as a nice little black cake with orange and yellow snow chrysanthemum pieces all over – festive! The dry leave smells strongly of apricot, smoke, fallen leaves and spice. The flavor is fairly complex: I could pick up apricot, peach, prunes, spice, carrot, smokiness, dill, mineral… The aftertaste is very long, spicy and apricoty.This is a pretty unique combination ( I suspect that the snow chrysanthemum is the main player but it blends so well with the purple tea base so it is hard to separate their contributions) and is probably one of those love-or-hate teas that get scores of either 90+ or in the 70-s.
Ying Shan Hong reminds me very much of the fall season with bright orange colors, bold taste, splendid decay and wisps of smoke in the cool air. This tea effortlessly won me over and got me intrigued with the potential of snow chrysanthemum in other teas.
Flavors: Apricot, Autumn Leaf Pile, Carrot, Dill, Mineral, Peach, Plum, Smoke, Spices