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So I’m not rating this tea, given that this is from the perspective of someone who is NOT a fan of jasmine (actually i’m pretty sure it gives me a headache).

That being said, i saw Bonnie’s tasting note tonight and it inspired me to try this for several reasons. 1 – there is someone out there in tea land who would LOVE to try this but couldn’t afford to pick some up and 2 – there’s a pretty good chance id never open it of my own free will if i didn’t just jump at the chance!

So seize it I did. The first thing i have to say, this is a BEAUTIFUL tea. The hand tied little bundles are just beautiful. They remind me of the bundles of herbs that hang to dry in some shops….or when people with wonderfully long hair braid their hair and twist it up into a loop. Really. Just so pretty.

And that’s about where my love for this tea ended. I went through a few steepings to get a sense of the different aromas and tastes (1-2 sips per steeping at most). This might be the one jasmine tea that i could love…if i could ever love jasmine. there is a delicate balance here between the flavour and the tea. There is also a hint of a citrus like taste/flavour that eluded me because of the jasmine. I have trouble getting anything else when jasmine is around, even if i try really hard. So, this is technically a sipdown. I’m hoping that the home this is going to will love and cherish it like i never could :) I’m still happy to have tried it though.

Emilie

This sounds really interesting! And I really liked the imagery of braided hair

Kasumi no Chajin

the citrus and banana notes are what have me on edge about trying this one…LOVE jasmine (was even collecting the flower/plants for a while)

Bonnie

We used a temp of 170 for about 30sec.-1 min. Using 2 tiny pieces.Unbelievable results! How much did you use?

Sil

i did the rinse at 200 degrees and then i sort of let the water start to cool as i did steepings…very unscientific. I kept it to short steeping (10 secs?) I had maybe 2-3 pieces in the gaiwan.

Bonnie

Scientific? Who’s scientific!

Sil

Bonnie – uh…scientists! :)

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Emilie

This sounds really interesting! And I really liked the imagery of braided hair

Kasumi no Chajin

the citrus and banana notes are what have me on edge about trying this one…LOVE jasmine (was even collecting the flower/plants for a while)

Bonnie

We used a temp of 170 for about 30sec.-1 min. Using 2 tiny pieces.Unbelievable results! How much did you use?

Sil

i did the rinse at 200 degrees and then i sort of let the water start to cool as i did steepings…very unscientific. I kept it to short steeping (10 secs?) I had maybe 2-3 pieces in the gaiwan.

Bonnie

Scientific? Who’s scientific!

Sil

Bonnie – uh…scientists! :)

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So no real clue what to write about myself here. A friend got me into drinking loose tea and it’s something I thoroughly enjoy though I have nowhere near the experience that many folks on the boards seem to have.

My other interests are cycling, reading, board games, disney cruises, world of warcraft and dancing – in no particular order. I love travelling and am currently working on trying to get my other half to as many place in the world as possible.

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