1. Heat water to 175˚F.
2. Place tea in cup and pour water over the leaves.
3. Steep for 2-4 minutes.
For loose leaf iced teas, use 2 tsp per 8oz glass.
I am updating the review from 3 stars to 4.5 stars (rounded to 5). The first box I bought somehow had very few flowers (almost none). I guess that was an unlucky box? But the next box I opened is better and I like it more. My mother loves it and so do my friends. The loose tea in the tin can is better for me than these pyramid ones, so I am getting loose leaf for myself and pyramids for gifts.
This is a very gently flavored, traditional green tea. I tend to enjoy my green teas with a little more flavor, but if you enjoy a more delicate cup, you will likely enjoy Hanami. The cherry is a nice addition, that brings some interest to the flavor and keeps it from registering as bland. As always, the tea forte pyramid infusers are adorable. Great for hosting.
Much like the loose variety of this tea, Hanami is very light and perfect for the warmer months. The aroma is fantastic and the cherry flavor is a subtle undertone rather than the main flavor. Given how subtle the flavoring is, I would suggest making sure you know the size of your tea cup. I believe the infuser is meant for an 8oz cup and many cups are 12oz. Oversteeping turns the flavor bitter and the infusers don’t allow for you to add a little more to the brewing, so it’s best to use the appropriate cup size or the flavoring becomes too weak to enjoy. Like all the infusers at Tea Forte, the string is strong enough that you can crimp it on the edge of the cup and it doesn’t sink - a wonderful trait.
I have written a review about the tea itself, but wanted to include a review about these great presentation boxes. They make wonderful gifts for a tea connoisseur or someone that is new to tea in general. With the Petite Box it allows a person to get to know the tea prior to buy the loose tea or another box. And if by chance it isn't their "cuppa..." they can pay it forward.
I love Tea Forte. I love cherry blossom. Most of my reviews give 5 stars to teas I buy from here. So far, I have not had a good luck with having pink flower petal in a Hanami pyramid. Only 1 or 2 in a pyramid, so no special taste or aroma for Hanami yet. Is it supposed to be so? Perhaps it is supposed to have a very subtle aroma. I expected too much, I guess. But the green tea is fine.