Sakura Ryokucha Tea Review
The joy of tea can come in many forms and can be sparked or reignited by the simplest of everyday things. Take, for example, the mail truck driving down the road. This just happened and my immediate thought was, “Yay, new tea” because it happens to be one of those fortunate days where I have a tea order coming with a brand new tea I’ve never tried but am so anxious to.
This order is from Den’s Tea, a company I have only recently found out about, but already love. They are based in California and specialize in Japanese teas. Now if you follow me on Instagram or YouTube, you may be aware that I really love Japanese teas, especially genmaicha and hojicha. The tea that is currently being tucked into my mailbox however is something a bit different (well actually there’s some genmaicha in the box too). It is called Sakura Ryokucha and is a blend of sencha, kukicha, and sakura flowers. This tea is only available in Spring, only while supplies last, and looks to be selling out fast. When I saw it in the email announcement, I knew it sounded too good not to try, after all I love green tea and floral teas.
I adore sakura blossoms and have been lucky enough to see their beauty in person many times on Ohio University’s campus in Athens Ohio. They have a little grove of them planted along the river and when they are in bloom it is a sure sign Spring is in full swing.
Anyway back to tea. I think I am going to film an outdoor tea session trying out this tea for my YouTube channel, so I’ll pause the blog post here and come back to you with a review after I’ve done that…
Wow this tea just screams springtime, which I have said about a couple teas lately. The blend is gorgeous with the darker sencha leaves, lighter kukicha stems, and those light pink sakura blossom petals. The smell is so fresh and sweet, I mainly smell the kukicha. I don’t really smell the flowers distinctly but I do think they are adding something extra to the overall aroma.
I steeped it twice following the directions on the package and I think I preferred the second steep just a little bit more. Taste-wise, it is an ideal example of a Spring day in flavor form. The flavors complement each other really well but I think the kukicha takes the lead just a little bit, which I am perfectly okay with. It is not overly floral, the sakura is definitely adding something, but it is hard to distinguish. I have not had a plain sakura blossom tea though so I am not overly sure what they taste like.
Overall, this blend is a perfect representation of Springtime and well worth trying. I love the fresh, bright, green flavor. I plan to thoroughly enjoy the rest of my two ounce bag on some beautiful Spring days and probably on some rainy chilly days that I could use more of the warm sunny Spring vibes in.
Den’s Tea had been a recent discovery of mine and I am so glad I did. They have a very nice selection of Japanese teas and teawares. I have also tried the Houji-Genmaicha, which is a roasty toasty delight. Their glass kyusu is also very nice and has become my new go-to everyday teapot. It is about ten ounces and has a very large, removable infuser basket. It pours wonderfully and keeps things at a nice temperature.
(I was not sponsored by Den’s Tea, all of these items were bought with my own money, and these are my own personal opinions. If you’d like to check them out, click here: https://www.denstea.com/ )
Thanks for reading and I hope you have a tea-lightful day!