The steeped liquor is golden-yellow with a thick almost oily like fullness. The smell is blissful cherry! I was anticipating an almost unnatural cherry flavoring like in medicine or candy, and while I can’t attest to if this is a natural flavoring or not, and there were no actual cherry pieces, freeze-dried or other in the blend, the flavor is quite nice. The rose flavor is present and noticeable but not over powering.
I for one, tend to have poor luck with certain flavor additives, and again, I am not sure what the cherry flavor in this tea comes from, but usually I find some flavors like cherry and strawberry to be almost chemical tasting. I can’t say that about this tea, and for that I am happy. There is a sweet “bite” to this tea in the after taste, but I am going to fathom a guess that it may be due to a sweeter that has been added, stevia perhaps? I hope no one takes me for my word on that however, because I have not had much experience with stevia in teas, and this tea does not seem to be cloyingly sweet either. If a sweetener has been added it has been done so very well, and lightly.
This is a pan-fried green tea and I do taste the sencha flavors. I do wish they were a bit more prominent but I am delighted nonetheless to have a very well blended cherry tea and the rose is just a bonus, again another floral tea that I like! I am starting to develop quite a list of floral teas I would reorder!
There is a slight drying sensation to the back of the mouth which I often get with a pan-fried tea.
Culinary Teas says:
The tea tends light liquoring, fresh and smooth with reasonable depth and body. The cherry flavoring and subtle rose hints give the tea a wonderful exotic character.
I steeped 16 ounces of water for this tea because as soon as I opened the bag my husband was all over it, sniffing it and said “oh wow that smells good!” I steeped enough for us both, 3 heaping teaspoons at 180’f (80’c) for 2 minutes. While directions say you can steep for up to 3 minutes I wanted to go with 2 in order to see how this tea does on a re-steep. I also went with just a little more tea (recommended is 1 Teaspoon per 8 ounce serving because I prefer a strong brew. This tea is very forgiving evidently because it turned out wonderful!
I am not going to claim this is the most complex tea ever created, nor is it one of my top favorites but I can absolutely see this being a staple in my stash. For one reason it has a lovely cherry flavor without tasting artificial even if it is. It is one of few floral teas that is not excessively floral, which would turn me off. It is a tea I feel I could honestly brew up at any time for anybody and that they would enjoy it, be that a total novice to tea or someone with a lot of experience. It is a versatile, satisfying tea all around. From the display of the beautiful colors upon opening the bag, which I would be sure to place some dry leaf in a pretty bowl on the table, to the steeped tea being bright as sunshine, it is surely an entertaining tea, and one that tastes quite wonderful.