Hey there Teacups! Day 9 of Teamas is here and for todays post I’m going to be reviewing Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms – Sakura Tea. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while now you’ll know that this year I have previously tried and reviewed their Sweet Sakura Tisane and I loved it. So, when I saw that Yunomi had chosen to included the salty version in the package of teas they sent me to review for this series, I was really intrigued to see if I would enjoy the salty version as much as I enjoyed the sweet version or if the salt would be too much for me and it would overpower the Sakura altogether.Here’s what The Obubu Tea Farm have to say about this tisane over on their website: ”Light and smooth, this Sakura Tea is mildly salty with a floral aftertaste and plum undertones. A transparent pink expands in the cup revealing a flowery aroma with hints of the sea. This tea is made by preserving cherry blossoms in salt and plum vinegar. Its salty taste is common in Japan and the tea is most often used for celebrations and special occasions. Cherry blossom tea is considered very special in Japan and is mostly served at weddings, as it is believed to represent new beginnings.”
The Sakura blossoms offered from Obubu Tea are grown, harvested and pickled in the region outside of Odawara city, just an hour by the shinkansen (bullet train) from Tokyo and within sight of Mt. Fuji, the symbol of Japan. (Also where YUNOMI is located!!)
The Steeping Instructions: 90°C Water, Place 1-2 blossoms in the water and leave to rinse for 4-5mins to fully remove all of the salt. Pick out the blossom(s) from the water and place them in your teacup putting the salty water aside. Fill up your teacup with water and steep the blossoms for 3-5 minutes. Add in the salt water you set aside to taste if you wish to do so.
Tea Tasting Notes
The resulting drink is a very light pale pink colour, but it also has quite a yellow tint to it which I wasn’t expecting at all. I love watching the blossoms poof up in the water and the fact that I have a glass teacup just made that experience even better. The blossoms look so light that they looks just like fluffy pink clouds and they were so relaxing to watch as they were steeping. Both the aroma and taste are surprisingly more like cherries than I had imagined they would be given the amount of salt and plum vinegar added to this to preserve the blossoms.
I was expecting this to just smell like salt and plum vinegar and for the Sakuras aroma not to come through at all but it was in fact quite balanced. There’s a hint of saltiness to this tea that is subtle and that’s honestly how I wanted it to be. From this tisane I wanted mostly Sakura and for the salt to come through only in the aftertaste and that’s just how it turned out so. You can add the salty water you rinsed the blossoms in a little bit at a time to taste if you want your drink to be a little more salty and much more on the savoury side but I really do enjoy it without any of that added in. I very much enjoyed this tisane but because of my sweet tooth I think if I has to pick from the two I would probably pick the sweet version of this but I really do like them both a lot and I would consider keeping both in my tea/tisane collection. I’ve always loved Sakura and actively seek to find new products with it in to try but I think that through trying both versions of this tisane I have finally found out what actual Sakura tastes like in its natural form instead of the fake Sakura most companies use in their products and I love it, I’ll deffinelty be able to differentiate the two now.
I honestly think I’ll drink a lot more of this when spring rolls around it seems like it would deffinelty be the perfect tisane for that season. I also think that I might treat myself to a cup or two of this during new years eve because after all it is meant to represent new beginnings. So 12am on new years eve seems like the perfect time to drink it to me. Hopefully it will help me have an amazing 2020.
Overall Teacup Rating: 5/5
If you want to find out more about Yunomi or purchase some of this beautiful tisane for yourself, you can do both here. As always if you have any questions at all either stick them in the comments or send them to me on Twitter/Instagram @teaisawishblog and I’ll answer them all as soon as I can.
Speak to you all again soon. Happy Steeping – Kimberly