First off, I would have gone lower if I’d had better control of the water temperature. That said, I think it is still ok.
The dry leaves spell overwhelmingly of jasmine. It’s a bit heady. The pearls are small, and they are pale green and light yellow. They unfurl into an interesting bouquet of perfumy, almost bubblegummy jasmine mixed with a dark, vegetal aroma. The liquor is a transparent, light yellow-green.
As with most of the Chinese teas I’ve tried, this one starts off light and watery. This middle notes quickly transition into pure, liquid jasmine, with the jasmine aftertaste kicking in before I’ve swallowed. It finishes with a slightly vegetal taste, and the aftertaste is all jasmine. I almost want to call it a bubblegum experience, as with the initial spell. This tea is lovely, though not as complicated as I had hoped. I have yet to find a jasmine pearl in which the tea has more of a presence.
Overall, this is a lovely tea. I’d say that newbies would enjoy it, though I think that seasoned sippers might be a bit bored. It’s a good everyday tea.