Thursday, 18 October 2012
Sakura Tea (Kyoto Obubu Tea)
And now for something completely different - a very Japanese tisane. Sakura tea is tea made from cherry blossoms pickled in salt. These blossoms come from Odawara, just outside Tokyo and within view of Mt. Fuji. Sakura tea is commonly served at weddings instead of green tea, especially since there is a common term of phrase in Japanese associating green tea with indecisiveness - not something you want to associate with a wedding!
Because the blossoms are preserved in salt, you first need to soak them in hot water for a few minutes, then transfer them to a new glass - but add a small spoon of the soaking liquid, it's still meant to be a bit salty.
The aroma in the package is intensely fruity, like cherry and red grape candy.
The tea has a surprisingly strong aroma, despite only using one blossom and the soaking - it smells very much like strawberry jam! The liquor a pale greeny-yellow. The taste is sweet and salty, there's just a subtle saltiness in among the jammy, candy taste of the blossom.
Sakura Tea at Kyoto Obubu Tea