Leaf Type: Flower
Where to Buy: JK Tea Shop
This purple chrysanthemum is an extremely unique variety among the others chrysanthemums. It only grows up in one mountain in China, where it is located in Qiaoban village, Yanjia town, Chunan county, Zhejiang province, and whose altitude is around 1460 meters. This mountain is called Yu San Jian, which means the mountain’s shape is similar to an umbrella shape. So far, there is still no road directly to the tea farmers who make this tea. We need to stop at his village and then climb the mountain road for about 3 kilometers before reaching his house.
This purple chrysanthemum only pluck one time in mid of Oct and have a limited yield per year.
This is a truly unique taste unlike any tea that I’ve ever tasted – in fact, it’s unlike anything I’ve ever tasted. That’s not to say it’s not pleasant, because I am enjoying it.
It brews to a very light color, in fact, the brewed liquor is virtually colorless, with only a hint of a yellowish tint. Not surprisingly, the aroma is quite floral.
The flavor of the tea is somewhat honey-like… or perhaps pollen-like is a better description? Is this what bees taste when they fly from flower to flower? There is a floral note as well as a vegetative quality to it. I’m also tasting an unusual flavor – it is kind of what I would think that straw or hay would taste like (I’ve never tasted straw nor hay).
It is an interesting taste – and one that I have enjoyed. It is not something I would drink on a daily basis, but it is something that is nice to drink on occasion when I want something light yet flavorful.
Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!
Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!
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