Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms’ Green Tea with Cherry Blossoms | Tea Review

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While summer has already come, I still wanted to share this tea from spring because I helped pick the Cherry Blossoms last year when I was an intern at Obubu!

As some people who follow me know, I have undertaken The Cup of Life‘s #drinkwhatyouown challenge, which means I am not purchasing tea. The one exception I made is for my quarterly Obubu Tea Club box. Each box normally comes with seasonal teas and other goodies such as candies or soba noodles!

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I was pleasantly surprised when I opened the newsletter that comes with my last box and I found a picture of us picking the cherry blooms (sakura) last year! I was going to write a short description about picking sakura, but as part of the newsletter, it outlined what happened! So, I’ll let Google Translate explain it for us!

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“In the middle of April last year, we harvested cherry blossoms in a large double cherry tree in Wazuka-cho. A total of 10 people harvested about 8 kg for three hours. 

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It was carefully dried in the tea factory dryer and turned into a clean dried flower. 

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It is a natural cherry blossom that is not smelled or colored at all. It is a finished product of cherry blossom fragrant sencha that falls in line with Kasase Sencha, and the scent of cherry blossoms is fluffy.  Please enjoy the full cup of spring coming.”

I never have tried this blend yet, but I am excited too! Since I helped to pick the sakura, I am not going to rate this tea, because that seems unfair.

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Description: “…enjoy the gentle aroma and the flavour of sencha.”  (via Google Translate)

Instructions: 5g | 100cc water | 70°C | 90 seconds  (There was some discrepancy with the instructions (due to translations) so I followed the Japanese version.)

Review: The tea came in a small clear pouch with 5 grams inside. The dry blend had a vegetal, spinach and grassy smell. After I warmed the houhin (Japanese teapot), I added the blend in and there was a sweet cherry smell. After the infusion, there was a stronger cherry smell, which was sweet and floated in the air.

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The liquor was yellow-green with little bits of sencha pieces (after straining). When hot, there was an instant hit of umami which faded into floral and vegetal notes. It reminded me of a garden.

However, after letting it cool, the astringency came forward after the vegetal notes and there was a faint floral taste at the tail end. In hindsight, I think I would have steeped this over multiple infusions because I think there would have been a nice range of tastes between the infusions.

Overall, I am very happy I was able to taste something that I helped personally pick! It reminded me of my time picking sakura and Japan!

  • Type: Green tea
  • Origin: Japan, Wazuka-cho
  • Caffeine: Unknown
  • Ingredients: Green tea, cherry blossoms 
  • Company: Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms

The question of the post: Have you ever had cherry blossom in tea?

If you want to read more about my adventures in Japan or other Obubu products, you can find them here!

Edit: Nicole from Tea for me Please included my post in her June 23rd – June 29th Friday round-up! Check out some of the other coolposts from that week!

3 comments on “Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms’ Green Tea with Cherry Blossoms | Tea Review”

    1. I tried to look for it on the website, and I can not find it, but I’m sure they have more of it!

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