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Brewed well, this tea is a delight. Sweet, delicate jasmine flavour over a slightly tart green tea. However, it’s very easy to brew it so one or other flavour dominates, which can spoil the experience somewhat.

I found that a level teaspoon of tea – 20-22 of the pearls – is ideal for the amount I brew, about 250ml. Much more and the jasmine can become cloying. Like many delicate teas, this can be brewed a couple of times. The first brew I do for slightly longer, to give the leaves time to unfurl – 3.5 to 4 minutes, anything longer and the bitterness of the tea takes over. The second brew needs a minute or so less.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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