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Free sample from Teavivre

I love dragon pearls. The little balls of tea waiting to unfurl in my pot have an aesthetic appeal all of their own. So, when Teavivre sent me this sample I was naturally very pleased. These ones are tight little balls of dark olive with silver tips, a beatiful contrast. They smell strongly of jasmine when I open the packet, a flowery, heady aroma that makes me feel good before I have even drunk the tea.

Steeping the tea for the first time results in an almost colourless soup with a delicate jasmine aroma. The taste is sweet and jasmine-y (well it is a jasmine tea after all!). The jasmine is not overpowering and the tea is lovely, leaving me feeling good and relaxed as I finish the cup. And then, crikey, the tea really hits with a wave of well-being and relaxation that is awesome. Brilliant!

On a second steeping the tea is just as good. The liquor is slightly darker and the leaves have unfurled completely in the pot, but the taste and effect are much the same. Now, if you will excuse me I am going to just sit here and feel suffused with well-being, relaxation and jasmine tea.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

This is my weekend tea for when my two teen daughters, my 22 year old son, my 20 year old godson, and my son’s 19 year old girlfriend all descend upon my house for a weekend of food, games, and XBox! Talk about calming!

Roughage

It certainly is calming, isn’t it? I am so relaxed now that I can barely feel my legs even all this time after finishing the third steeping! I can imagine that it would be perfect for helping you cope with rambunctious youngsters of all ages. :)

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ashmanra

This is my weekend tea for when my two teen daughters, my 22 year old son, my 20 year old godson, and my son’s 19 year old girlfriend all descend upon my house for a weekend of food, games, and XBox! Talk about calming!

Roughage

It certainly is calming, isn’t it? I am so relaxed now that I can barely feel my legs even all this time after finishing the third steeping! I can imagine that it would be perfect for helping you cope with rambunctious youngsters of all ages. :)

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I am a historical consultant, Vikingologist and tea enthusiast! To be honest, I have always liked decent tea, but in 2011 I started working at learning what good tea really is. I continue to expand my horizons and discover new teas with the aid of my chums on Steepster, much to the chagrin of my wife, who despairs of my enthusiasm.

My favourite teas are Darjeelings, sheng puerhs and Anji Bai Cha. I return to these every time, after whatever flirtation with other teas I have been involved with.

I no longer rate the teas I drink because keeping ratings consistent proved to be rather hard work while not really giving me anything in return.

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