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Tea sample provided by Teavivre for review

I’ve tried a few different jasmine green teas, and the aroma of dry and wet leaves from this sample got me excited. It made me think of moss and plants after rain.

Onto drinking the stuff, the jasmine is very strong, followed by spice, green tea flavour, and lingering floral aftertaste. Everything is very sharp on my tongue, and the green tea stays comforting and not bitter.

Second steep brought out more jasmine, with the green tea staying strong. My final third and fourth steeps still were tasty without becoming bland.

Looking forward to playing with the brewing settings with this sampler and comparing with the Jasmine Pearls. So far I really like this one, it’s the best loose leaf jasmine green tea I’ve had.

100ml gaiwan, 2 tsps, 4 steeps

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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I don’t log tea every time I drink it. Tasting notes tend to be about either one style of brewing or a new experience. It is helpful for me to look back on my notes and see what a tea tasted like or which steeping parameter worked best for me. I try to mostly short steep tea unless it only tastes better with a long steep. I’d rather experience what a tea tastes like over 3 or 12 steeps than just 1 to 3 long steeps.

When I write “tsp”, the measurement I use is a regular western teaspoon. Not a tea scoop

What my tea ratings mean:

99-100: Teas that blow my mind! An unforgettable experience. Savoured to the last drop. I felt privileged to drink this.

90-98: Extraordinary, highly recommended, try it and you won’t be disappointed (and if you are, mail me the tea!)

85-89: Wonderful, couldn’t expect more but not a favourite.

80-84: Excellent, a treasured experience but not a favourite.

70-79: Good but could be better. Above average.

60-69: Average, unexceptional, not something I would buy again. Slightly disappointed. I’d rather drink water.

50-0: Varying degrees of sadness

No rating: Mixed feelings, can’t decide whether I like it or not, not enough experience with that sort of tea to rate it. A dramatic change of heart.

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