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Tea of the afternoon…… (SRP #29)

Yes, more jasmine tea. I even had a pot of the jasmine flavored black from Dragon Tea House this morning….. After this cup, I am trying TeaVivre’s Jasmine Silver Needle for comparison. I have definitely come to the conclusion that jasmine and Earl Grey teas are warmer weather choices for me. I am even kicking around the possible purchase of thepuriTea’s Jasmine Golden Yunnan….maybe for my birthday? (This is not a bad idea as it gives me a few months to sort out what I really want.) I seem to like jasmine blacks the best, followed by white, then green. I really need to drink up some of my Jasmine Dragon Pearls, too.

As for this tea. I did not want to like it (as I am trying to simplify and minimize the number of places I feel the need to shop for tea), but it is truly delightful. I like how thepuriTea’s jasmine flavors are sweet floral rather than perfumy foral. The base tea is light and kind of reminds me of hay, and then the touch of jasmine makes it sweet and wonderful. It also has a feel of substance when in the mouth. I am drinking this one without additions, and it is so good. I still can’t quite escape adding sweet to my black teas, but this is stellar without additions. I am a little shocked at the price for 4 oz ($29), but I imagine 4 oz of this tea is quite a volume as it is pretty fluffy. I am seriously considering this, even though I am trying to drastically curtail tea acquisitions at this point.

Mug method about 170 water for 2 minutes. No additions.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec
SimplyJenW

I did a little price comparison for the Jasmine Silver Needle on other sites and this is fairly competitive for 4 ounces. The exception on price was TeaVivre, and I am steeping theirs as I type this….

Dinosara

Hah, it’s jasmine silver needles day apparently! I just had a cup of Teavivre’s.

ScottTeaMan

I try to minimalize where I buy tea too, but Steepster makes that virtually impossible!

SimplyJenW

@Scott….Isn’t that that the truth. I think I would save so much more money by taking an extended vacation from Steepster. But, I love it here!

I decided that I like this version so much better than TeaVivre’s……

TeaBrat

Jen – I feel the same way…. ha

ScottTeaMan

Really-what was different about Teavivre’s?

ScottTeaMan

Amy-Do you feel "Just the same way’?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twC6FvDubLk

SimplyJenW

@ Scott This one is sweeter and has a heavier mouth feel.

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SimplyJenW

I did a little price comparison for the Jasmine Silver Needle on other sites and this is fairly competitive for 4 ounces. The exception on price was TeaVivre, and I am steeping theirs as I type this….

Dinosara

Hah, it’s jasmine silver needles day apparently! I just had a cup of Teavivre’s.

ScottTeaMan

I try to minimalize where I buy tea too, but Steepster makes that virtually impossible!

SimplyJenW

@Scott….Isn’t that that the truth. I think I would save so much more money by taking an extended vacation from Steepster. But, I love it here!

I decided that I like this version so much better than TeaVivre’s……

TeaBrat

Jen – I feel the same way…. ha

ScottTeaMan

Really-what was different about Teavivre’s?

ScottTeaMan

Amy-Do you feel "Just the same way’?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twC6FvDubLk

SimplyJenW

@ Scott This one is sweeter and has a heavier mouth feel.

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Tea enthusiast, trying to keep up my cardio for the zombie apocalypse. I have come to accept that I am a western brewing black tea drinker as that is where my ‘tea heart’ lies. I started on loose leaf as a way to have my dessert and not suffer the caloric issues. Once I tried it, I was hooked.

I drink what I like, which is mostly China blacks, a few traditionally scented blacks and Earl Greys, plus a flavored tea here and there. I don’t mind spending a bit on premium varieties on occasion, but an expensive tea has to deliver. My favorite places to order are Harney & Sons and Upton Tea Imports. TeaVivre is great for Chinese tea.

My ratings are pretty subjective. If it falls under 70, I may not take the time to post about it unless I had something specific to say. If it is 70-80 I like it, but I will probably not rebuy. Favorites are over 80 and up, but sometimes the less expensive or more easily obtainable version of a similar taste will win out for my cupboard space.

Usual teapot steeping method: 24 oz teapot, 3 perfect scoops of tea (4 1/2 actual tsp), freshly boiled water, 4 minutes. Lightly sweetened.

Usual mug steeping method: 15 oz mug, 1.5 perfect scoops of tea (just over 2 actual tsp), freshly boiled water, 4 minutes. Lightly sweetened.

Usual pan method: 1 1/2 cups water, 2 perfect tsp chai (3 actual tsp). Simmer for 3 minutes. Add 2/3 cup skim milk. Simmer for 2 more minutes. Strain and sweeten.

Usual pitcher method:
5 or 6 Perfect Spoons of tea (this means about 7-9 actual tsp), freshly boiled water, brewed essentially double-strong in my 24 oz teapot for 4 minutes. Fill my Fiestaware Disc pitcher (about 60 oz.) halfway with ice. Add brewed double-strong tea to the pitcher. Stir it a little and enjoy. No additions.

(*SRP is my Sample/Stash Reduction Plan starting on April 12, 2012. I got so far, but just decided it was too fussy to keep track.)

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