Yunnan Herbal Mix – Huacha
This is a classical three-medicinal-herbs mixture from China’s Yunnan province: Wild Chrysanthemum, Chinese Rose, and Japanese Honeysuckle. The infusion has a subtle fragrance and refreshing taste. These three flowers are often used in Traditional Chinese Medicine and together form a nice bouquet that shines with health and happiness. It can also be used as a base beverage for iced tea.
Why we like it?
A few years ago, Roman met a family of Kunming tea traders. He made friends with them and would often spend hours at their shop trying out new teas and talking about tea and life. One day he asked what kind of tea they liked the most. The man sad he liked higher quality sheng pu’er. The woman smiled and pointed to a small ceramic jar from a shelf. She said that the mix of three flowers inside was her favorite. We gave it a try and thought that it would be a good idea to make Flower Trip part of our collection. The chrysanthemum in the mix tastes a bit like chamomile, the rose blossoms add a tinge of pink to the beverage and cover the slight bitterness of the honeysuckle.
Roman’s personal score: 75/100
Miha’s personal score: 70/100
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.
Chinese people enjoy the original taste of tea, so they never use milk, sugar, or lemon.
Steeping suggestions for Yunnan Herbal Mix
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: 120-180 seconds
- number of infusions: 3-4
- discard the first brew
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