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8 Treasures Tea (Carrefour Blend)

Got a couple of packets of this by way of visiting relatives from China earlier this month. The instructions were pretty basic about steeping all the ingredients in a small cup of water. After a good peer at the little packet filled with fruits and nuts, I decided to throw caution to the wind and steep one pack of ingredients in about half a teapot of water instead.

On initial sniff, the tea has a very light, almost imperceptibly mild floral scent, with a stronger note of dried apple. The actual flavour is predominantly that of dried apple. Unfortunately, in spite of the presence of chrysanthemum (contributing to the mild floral scent), boxthorn berries, a whole dried longan, orange peel and nuts, none of these flavours were particularly present.

I admit I might have overdiluted the whole mix, but I was rather surprised at just how strongly the apples came through, even after a second steep (adding hot water to a little of the first batch). Steeped it for 10 minutes the second time. It's grown darker, and the apple scent is much stronger. Sniffing a bit of chrysanthemum as an undertone, and there's also a hint of red date. The flavour has developed a stronger taste of berries, and a slight hint of sourishness, I think from the orange peel and flowers. This aftertaste is similar to that of chamomile tea, arguably, one of my least favourite flavours.

The keyword is mild. It is a very mild tea. I would say the overall effect is almost like partaking of a very weak guava tea. I was quite disappointed, as 8 Treasures Tea is usually rather more complex.

I'm not very fond of dried apples in my tea, being heathen and fond of citruses, or a tinge of bitterness. The blends of 8 Treasures Tea I'm more familiar with are a lot more robust, usually containing ginseng and black tea, as opposed to the tiny amount of green tea and strong fruit-based flavours present in this mix. It's a pleasant enough tea to rinse the palate with, but not particularly something I'd like to drink too much of though I should probably attempt this again, following instructions this time, just to confirm my verdict here.

Ingredients: Green Tea, Chrysanthemum Flowers, Dried Longan, Dried Apple, Mandarin Orange Peel, Hawthorn Berries, Boxthorn Berries, Red Dates, Rock Sugar


Aug. 29th, 2006 02:21 pm (UTC)
Fresh herbal teas from the garden are definitely very nice to have. Our own wee patch at the moment is mostly citrus and mint, so that limits us a bit. Most of the herbs we grow otherwise are better suited for cooking rather than tisanes.

I'll keep you updated on my hunt for 8 Treasures Tea blends. The next time I end up in an Asian grocery, I should try to obtain the ingredients. My favourite 8 Treasures was actually made as a boxed drink by a soft drink company in Malaysia, but they discontinued this line. Wished I'd jotted down their ingredients beforehand.

Thanks, about the writer-in-residence! I toast you with hot chocolate right back. :)