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thank you to angel for this sample.

jasmine is a favourite of mine… not just the tea, but also the flowers that climb, their scent wending its way in through windows echoing the motion of the vines. jasmine has an interesting caffeine effect i find… i can drink it anytime without fear that it will keep me awake so it has become a lovely warm nighttime beverage.

to be honest i think the most striking aspect of this tea is that it unrolls… as an artisan tea, the pearls meet the requirements nicely. each ball is reminiscent of fiddlehead ferns as it uncurls. aside from that though it’s a nice jasmine, but it doesn’t stand out remarkably aside from that. nice, but not something i would pay shipping for.

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195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

Did you use the parameters listed there? 195F for five minutes is waaaaaay more than I give this one. I wonder if you would like it better at 175F for three? I actually prefer the cheaper premium pearls they sell to this one, though I like both. Their Jasmine Silver Needle is aaaaaawwwwwesome!

JustJames

i did try it both ways; their way and mine. i preferred mine. tbh flavourwise i thought it was about on par with the boxes of stash jasmine my wife takes to work. the unfurling is a whole different ball game…. a lovely thing indeed to watch. sadly, the taste didn’t follow the visual for me.

JustJames

fair or not i compare everything to verdant teas yunnan white jasmine which is the most astonishing i’ve ever had.

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ashmanra

Did you use the parameters listed there? 195F for five minutes is waaaaaay more than I give this one. I wonder if you would like it better at 175F for three? I actually prefer the cheaper premium pearls they sell to this one, though I like both. Their Jasmine Silver Needle is aaaaaawwwwwesome!

JustJames

i did try it both ways; their way and mine. i preferred mine. tbh flavourwise i thought it was about on par with the boxes of stash jasmine my wife takes to work. the unfurling is a whole different ball game…. a lovely thing indeed to watch. sadly, the taste didn’t follow the visual for me.

JustJames

fair or not i compare everything to verdant teas yunnan white jasmine which is the most astonishing i’ve ever had.

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Time For A ReWrite!

A good friend of mine on here kindly asked me to do the Steepster world a favour and list my allergies front and center (fair enough, lol):

-COFFEE … rare, nasty, not even a bit funny if i’m exposed. (call me original)

-ROOIBOOS … is a new appearance. under certain circumstances i’m okay with it (ie if it’s GREEN and paired with mate) but because i have an auto immune disease i try not to poke at things.

*NOT an allergy, but an abnormality that drives my tea buddies bananas, i AM INCAPABLE OF TASTING CARAMEL AND TOFFEE. so i thought i’d list it at the top too. it’s very annoying. they smell great!!?

Hi! I’m James!

I’m a student: double major of human geography and psychology with the intention of chasing a double doctorate. (reading that over it occurs to me again that i must be crazy).

i’m a live and let live sort. i look and see alot of silver linings. my discovery of tea has only served to further that viewpoint. for me tea is art and nuance, watercolours and bold brushstrokes….

swaps are grand things! the element of surprise in a tea swap completely trumps forrest gump’s chocolate box life metaphor, lol.

favourites: french teas dammann freres, mariage freres and nina’s paris especially.

i have recently discovered a german tea company that has romanced me: tea gschwendner (sp?)

mandala teas is brilliant and a company i count on.

justea and tealet are companies i study because of both their exceptional products and and business models, as well as their work with farmers who are TOO POOR for fair trade certification. this is highly relevant to my studies.

90-100 i need more
80-90 i might need more, or it might be a respect vote
below 75? it was likely an oops buy. my evolution into french teas has vastly focused what i like!!

however, i’m always open to trying things.

dislikes so far: guayasa, darjeeling, most peach teas.

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