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.