Snow Chrysanthemum – Kunlun Xueju
Blossoms of Snow Chrysanthemum from the Kunlun montains of China’s Xinjiang autonomous region. These flowers grow at the altitudes of 3,000 meters above sea level and higher. Xueju blossoms yield a dark amber infusion with a rich sweet flavor and a minty aftertaste.Very durable: a few dry blossoms can give a lot of tea!
Why we like it?
Only superlatives come to mind when we tell others about snow chrysanthemum’s aroma and flavor. Just a pinch of xueju blossoms is enough to make a large pot of great-tasting beverage. Snow chrysanthemum is neither particularly sweet nor bitter. In fact, it has a very pleasant and unobtrusive flavor that combines quite well with other herbs and honey. This herbal tea is caffeine-free, so it is suitable for people of all ages. You can use it as a base for iced tea or drink it hot at any time of the day.
Roman’s personal score: 90/100
Miha’s personal score: 93/100 (Currently, Miha’s favorite herbal tea)
The scores above represent how the Daoli co-founders Miha and Roman feel about each particular tea. The ratings are given on 0 to 100 scale and are absolutely subjective. We simply translate into numbers our first impression about this tea.
General steeping suggestions
Tea can be steeped in a tea pot, gaiwan, or a strainer placed right in your cup. Feel free to experiment with time, temperature, and quantity. If tea feels a bit strong or bitter, just use less leaves or steep it for a shorter period of time.
The purpose of the first brew is to rinse the leaves, so it shouldn’t last more than five seconds and should be discarded. Pour the hot water again. This time, steep it for longer periods. Avoid leaving the leaves soaking in water between brews, because it makes tea taste bitter and steals a lot of its flavor. If used properly, about six grams of tea leaves can yield several middle-size cups of excellent tea.
This is a herbal infusion and some people might add honey or lemon to it.
Steeping suggestions for kunlun xueju
Start with this, then experiment:
- one serving: 4 grams (0.14oz – about 1 tsp)
- water: ~ 90 °C, 100-250 ml (~ 195°F, 3-9oz)
- time: 30-180 seconds
- number of infusions: 8-10+
- discard the first brew
Start with half a minute and extend each subsequent infusion by 10-15 seconds. One serving of (a dozen blossoms) can easily yield 10+ infusions. The minty aftertaste will start fading away early, but the floral mellowness will remain. Prepare a lot of water.
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