Leaf Type: Green
Where to Buy: Le Palais Des Thés
Inspired by the Japanese Hanami tradition of cherry blossom viewing, Fleur de Geisha is a refined Japanese green tea, delicately flavored with cherry blossom.
Learn more about this tea here.
Without having read the description of this tea and knowing only that it was a green tea, I brewed it and served it hot. The aroma of the dry leaf was very cherry-like with beautiful floral background notes, making me think that this was a cherry blossom tea. A spring-time favorite, I couldn’t have “blindly” chosen a better tea to enjoy this afternoon. (By “blindly” I mean this: as Le Palais Des Thés is a company based in France and the labels on this gift set are all in French, I didn’t know which tea I was choosing, only that “vert” meant that it would be a green tea)
The brewed tea maintains much of its cherry-like fragrance. The flavor is delicate, especially when served hot. As the tea cools, the flavor intensifies. Served hot, the tea has a very soft balance between cherry blossom notes and hints of sweet cherry flavor mingling with a fresh, sweet vegetative tone. It is very sweet and evokes thoughts of the beautiful cherry blossom trees.
Once the tea has cooled, the cherry flavor becomes much stronger, while some of the floral tones diminish somewhat. The flavor of the green tea remains very sweet and lush, balancing out the sweet cherry flavor with a hint of vegetation.
While I personally prefer this tea hot, I can see how this would be a big hit as an iced tea … especially for those who enjoy cherry fruit notes over those of the cherry blossom. I do like cherry, but I think I like better being able to taste those delicate cherry blossom notes that seem to subside as the tea cools.
A beautiful spring-time treat!