16 Tasting Notes

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I don’t know if the sample of jasmine green tea in the green tea sampler bag is the premium or the superfine, but I will put the review here for now. It looks like most other Jasmine Dragon Pearls, and it smells quite lovely. This one is particularly nice, because it has a strong scent that isn’t overpowering.

The leaf size is smaller, and if the sample I have is the one leaf:one bud ratio, then it does take more tea to get the same flavor. It has a more predominant floral taste, and the tea itself is lighter in color, though if you let it sit, its color deepens to amber.

The first time I brewed this, I only used 15 pearls, because I assumed that it would brew the same way. I set the temperature to 185 as recommended on the package, then steeped it for a little over two minutes. The result was rather flavorless, and because I kept the tea in the bag, the pearls didn’t really open. That was my mistake. I eventually emptied the tea into the pot and they unfurled, but it didn’t make a strong enough tea until I let it sit for a while. So, to brew this tea, you will need to use more of the pearls. That being said, this tea makes other lower quality dragon pearls look bitter, even after a rather long steeping period.

I wouldn’t recommend this tea for someone just trying Jasmine Dragon Pearls, simply because for the price I think it would take longer to find the best method for brewing it. That being said, I would definitely use this tea for entertaining guests. I like that it has a much more prominent jasmine flavor. Even the tea itself has a different profile, though I doubt I could describe it without drinking more of it.

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I got this tea in the assorted green tea sampler. The first impression that I get from opening the tea is that it is a nice quality. The leaves are a dark green and intact. It smells like hemp protein powder, so stronger than spinach.

I brewed the tea for about three minutes at 176F. The color of the tea brewed is a light green. Very subtle, and it still has that vegetable smell, though now subdued. It has an interesting toasted flavor. That’s all I have now, but I’ll add more once I finish the tea.

Flavors: Spinach

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This tea grows on you, or at least it did for me. After my last cup of my first brew, I could really taste the milk flavor, and I think I like it even better with my second pot. It does have that flavor as if you added just a hint of milk to it. It’s a flavor that I like in another one of my other teas as well, though in this tea it feels more natural. I think I will buy this again.

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The smell of this tea dry reminds me of strawberry candy and spinach. It has a nice shape, and I would have used less to brew, but the website mentions using 7 or 8 oz – I can’t quite remember which, but my sample is 7 oz, so I used the entire sample.

My kettle doesn’t heat much higher than 203ºF so I brewed it at that temperature for three minutes. Because I didn’t steep it very long, the color was a light green color, and it smelled earthy and sweet. It has a nice, mellow taste, but it might be stronger if I brew it for five minutes or more.

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This is a very lovely tea, and smells almost like a dessert when you open it up, with just a hint of sweetness. The sample pouch was still golden on the inside after I transferred the tea to the tea bag. THe tea itself is just like the picture above, though I think I have a slightly higher black to gold ratio. I used the whole sample bag, because I’m not that comfortable with tea measurements yet, and the website recommends 6 grams.

As soon as I started pouring the water into my teapot, the tea started brewing – sadly, the lid to my teapot got stuck, so to get it off I ended up breaking it. Now I have ceramic in my tea… I did salvage most of my tea, and it does have a lovely smell brewed, like sweet potatoes.

It has a very mellow flavor that reminds me of green tea or maybe even a clear broth. It’s rather soothing. Maybe next time I brew it, I won’t end up with a broken teapot, but regardless of that the tea tastes delicious.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 30 sec 7 g 25 OZ / 739 ML
ThainofBuckland

It steeped well a second time.

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Smell
Dry: It smells like blueberry yogurt with a strong berry scent. It smells sweet without being artificial. It’s almost an addictive scent.
Brewed: Syrupy, almost medicinal smell. Not so much of a blueberry scent as a mild hibiscus scent.

Appearance:
Dry: Dark, dried berries – looks like trail mix.
Brewed: Deep, transparent carnation red, with a hint of purple.

Taste:
Brewed: Sour, citrusy – tastes a bit fruitier than hibiscus, and has a more balanced flavor profile. Not too different from a lemon tea as far as flavor goes.

The variable temp kettle I purchased won’t heat all the way to 212, so I could only heat it to 203ºF. I also used the entire sample, because I wasn’t entirely certain about the measurements, and didn’t want to have a weak tea. It has a nice flavor, though I wouldn’t say that it’s significantly different from the other hibiscus-type teas that I have tried. It does have a nice color.

Flavors: Berry, Citrus, Hibiscus

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 15 sec 10 g 25 OZ / 739 ML

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This tea is rather mild unless you steep it for a long while, mostly due to the type of spices in the tea. I left this to steep for over an hour, and that hint of sweet that comes from the ginger now has overpowered everything else. It’s now cold, but it tastes like candy. It’s weird in that you can’t really taste it until it reaches the back of your mouth. Then it’s in your face. It’s pretty good.

Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Ginger

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One thing I noticed about this tea as well as my other black tea from the London Tea Room is that they have overwhelmingly sweet scents. This one smells almost like caramel, but what it really reminds me of is condensed milk. I was almost turned off by how sweet it smelt in the bag, and even after brewing, it had a noticeably sweet smell. Luckily this isn’t all that sweet. You get a hint of sweetness after you brew it, but it’s very mild. I don’t know if I pick up any citrus notes, other than that a slight lemon cookie kind of scent from the dried leaves. It has a slightly floral taste, but that creamy taste is there too. I wasn’t as fond of it at first, but it’s grown on me. It’s not very bitter at all, and I’ve even found that it tastes pretty good cold, not that I’m recommending that you drink it cold. It could replace my current favorite tea, I don’t know.

I wouldn’t say it’s the best tea out there, and it’s certainly not the worst, but I would share it with friends, and I think I will be buying more in the future. It’s worth trying it at the very least, and the price is fair.

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This tea doesn’t re-steep well, especially if you leave it in too long the first time.

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The tea has a vegetal scent like spinach or hemp powder. The tea itself is rather powdery, with a leaves dispersed. There is a hint of pink, but there are only a few cherry blossom petals in the tea.

The brew is a light spring green color, you know, like the crayola color. It doesn’t have a strong smell and tastes… like spinach water. So much for that. It’s interesting, but far too pricy for me. I will probably avoid this tea in the future. I’ll still drink it, of course. The only tea I avoid is tea made from thyme.

Flavors: Freshly Cut Grass, Spinach

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML

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I do enjoy this tea. It is refreshing, and though I feel the most prominent flavor is citrus, you can taste the cinnamon. My bag doesn’t have the ingredients, so I can never quite remember the ingredients, but it definitely has a fruity taste without quite overdoing it.

Since I haven’t brewed it in a while, I will cut my post short and put something more descriptive next time I brew it.

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So, there isn’t much to say honestly. I suppose I could say I enjoy tea – something quite obvious given my account. I could say that I’m not Peregrin Took as well, also obvious.

But what I should say is that I’m also not a tea connoisseur – thank god for spell check, I also never studied French. Anyway, the difference between me and other users of this site, aside from the tea reviews, is that I don’t wake up every morning and automatically turn the kettle on. Formation at 0500 is one of the main issues. Further, on weekends I often ask myself, do I want tea? Whenever I open my cabinet, I am conflicted because I have the teas that I drink often, and the rest of my teas which I anthropomorphize on occasion, imagining them to be quite sad for their prolonged abandonment.

A forlorn shadow has taken over the bottom corner of my cabinet. “I never see you any more,” the organic assam in the corner says.
“I thought you didn’t like me,” I whisper, ashamed.
“You never treated me right,” she answers, voice almost pleading. “I’m delicate.”
I reach for the Earl Grey. “Today just isn’t the day,” I tell her. “Maybe tomorrow.”

I’m sorry, I promise I’m not crazy. Anyway, I’m trying to figure out how the swaps work. Is anyone interested in trading something for nearly 8 oz of organic Assam tea?

Keep calm and drink more tea, is what I always say. (I don’t actually say this.) Also, no caffeine after noon. Luckily, there’s a tisane for everybody. Add cocoa if you need it – and do’t confuse it for coca.

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