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Our next flavor journey takes us to the Chrysanthemum flower. Steeping this lovely little flower makes a wonderful herbal infusion. It looks wonderful and smells quite nice.
What does Chrysanthemum tea taste like? It has a slightly sweet taste with a mild note of honey and a bit of a floral flavor presiding over the entire proceedings.
I would not consider chrysanthemum tea to have a really complex overall flavor. It is pretty straight forward and quite refreshing in its simplicity. Get even more flower herbal tea ideas in our guide here.
So lets did into this fantastic herbal infusion and see if we can’t give you a good idea of what to expect when you first dive into a cup of Chrysanthemum Tea.
The Flavor Profile Of Chrysanthemum Tea
Is Chrysanthemum Tea Naturally Sweet?
This question gets asked quite a bit about every type of herbal infusion. And for a good amount of them, the answer is yes. Especially for flower-based herbal infusion.
Chrysanthemum tea is no exception there is indeed a wonderful sweetness to the tea even if you add no sweeteners to it.
The sweet flavor is slight but noticeable. Much like a good sencha green tea. You can check out some of our favorite Senchas right here.
It is a built-in part of the experience. The reason for this is something I will get into in the next section.
There Is Slight Honey Flavor About It
The sweetness most likely comes from its wonderful yet mild honey taste. Honey might not even be the right word to use for it.
I would call it more of a nectar type flavor that honey. The floral notes of the tea might be the reason why I tend to describe it more as nectar than honey.
Either way, that is why there is a perceptible sweetness to the overall taste of the chrysanthemum tea.
How would you describe the naturally sweet taste of this tea? Let us know in the comments at the end of the article and we can discuss it.
A Mild Minty Note As Well
This is going to be open to some dispute I think. But. I always find a mild minty note to my chrysanthemum tea. I don’t know if I am imagining it or not.
But for me, it is definitely there. I know that I taste a slight cooling mint whenever I drink this tea.
I have seen others describe the same sensation but not with everyone’s description of this tea. This leads me to believe it is not a universal flavor that everyone picks upon.
The mint flavor is not strong. It certainly isn’t spearmint or peppermint tea flavor. Just a slight little mintiness that soothes on the way down.
Be sure to let me know in the comments if you can find this flavor note when you drink your chrysanthemum tea.
A Floral Aroma
I think the aroma of chrysanthemum tea is pretty straight forward. There is the slightest hit of honey or nectar that you can detect with the dried flowers. But the overwhelming aroma is a floral one.
There is nothing really complex about it. It smells like a flower. Almost like sunflower or dandelion if I had to compare.
There is nothing really distinctive about it and there is a definite disconnect between the dried flowers and the taste of the tea.
The floral notes are still there but the honey and natural sweetness really come to the forefront.
It Looks Wonderful
While the flavor and aroma might not be the most complex in all of the herbal teas. The color of chrysanthemum tea makes up for it a bit.
The color ranges from a pale yellow all the way up to a vibrant yellow that looks outstanding in a white porcelain cup.
The final color of the tea is dependant on a few things like steep time and temperature. But the most important ingredient is what type of chrysanthemum you use for your tea.
The Huang Ju Hua variation of the flower gives a nice example of this wonderful yellow color. You can find a great example of loose flower Chrysanthemum tea Starwest Botanicals.
Sugar and Honey Are Often Added
While thee is a definite sweetness to this tea that I discussed earlier. Many people add sugar or honey to it to get it closer to their tastes.
The natural sweetness is very subtle and sugar can really make it more palatable if you like something with a little bit more sweetness to it.
I always recommend drinking your first cup with nothing added and then adjusting it from there.
Also, keep in mind adding sugar or honey will add quite a few calories to each cup. So monitor how much you put in so you don’t overdo it.
An Everyday Tea
Part of the great thing about the mild taste of this tea is that you can drink it just about anytime and not worry about it conflicting with the flavors of your food when you are eating.
It might seem like a trivial thing, but a strong tea can really change the flavor of your food for better or worse in some cases.
This makes Chrysthanthemum tea something you can drink every day in moderation of course.
And be sure to check with your physician for any interactions with medication you may be on and might have other side effects(source).
This tea is also naturally caffeine-free which makes it great any time of day.
Wrapping up this flavor profile, we find a wonderfully simple and mild tea in the beautiful yellow infusion.
That does not diminish the overall enjoyment you can get out of a cup of chrysanthemum tea.
It simply means that there are fewer noticeable flavor notes overall in this particular herbal tea.
The slight sweetness, a touch of honey or nectar flavor, and a nice subtle floral taste make this a refreshing and convenient tea to drink just about any time of day.
Also, there is definitely a mint flavor in there somewhere. I know it is in there, let me know if you can taste it in the comments.
We’ll have more on chrysanthemum tea and all teas in the near future so stay tuned to our little website and I hope you have enjoyed the content.
Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day.