Always on the prowl for something new and different, I decided to try Chrysanthemum tea. Let me preface this by saying the not only have I never tasted Chrysanthemum Tea… I have never even heard of it. The one thing I do know is that chrysanthemum is a flower, but that is the extent of my knowledge. Especially since I know nothing about gardening, flowers, or anything remotely related. So lets talk tea…
Composition: An herbal tea from China made from dried chrysanthemum flowers.
Dry Visual: I hate to be overly simplistic, but this tea looks just like dried flowers. Creamy yellow petals with a green bud trimmed in brown. Thanks Tavalon Tea for the awesome picture.
Dry Aroma: Dried flowers – a light almost calming scent.
Flavor: I would categorize Chrysanthemum as a very mild and naturally sweet herbal tea. Truly floral with no bitterness. Chrysanthemum is a simple unadulterated tea, enjoyable without the addition of sweetener. The addition of any sweetener would mask the natural flavor.
Liquor: Amazingly yellow – the color of a newly opened highlighter stripe drawn on white paper. Neon!
Brewing Time: Recommended brewing time 5 minutes. I brewed for the recommended 5 minutes. After tasting, I brewed for an additional minute.
Manufacturer: Tavalon Tea
What is a chrysanthemum?
Chrysanthemums are a genus (Chrysanthemum) of about 30 species of perennial flowering plants in the family Asteraceae, native to Asia and northeastern Europe. Chrysanthemums were cultivated in China as a flowering herb as far back as the 15th century BC. An ancient Chinese city was named Ju-Xian, meaning “chrysanthemum city”. The flower was introduced into Japan probably in the 8th century AD, and the Emperor adopted the flower as his official seal.
Chrysanthemum is a nice change of pace. As a purely herbal tea, it is perfect for those unable to tolerate caffeine or looking to enjoy a nice cuppa tea without the caffeine. If you too have shared the experience stop by and comment. Until then… Happy Tea Drinking!
References: Chrysanthemum. (2008, September 15). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 01:50, September 20, 2008, fromhttp://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Chrysanthemum&oldid=238578064