Ooh-la-la, this tea,
Treasure of scented pearls, the caviar of tea…
Open the jar…
Close my eyes…inhale…
In another era, from the luxuriant gardens of Forbidden City,
a world where I have never set foot, but that I recognize from the many books I have flirted with …
Am I having this tea as the Emperor’s favorite concubine? No! As the Empress of Imperial China herself!!! (Why settle for less?)
Well, I know that the Emperor’s entourage probably never drank jasmine pearls, as I think floral teas were not the most prized ones, but I still like to imagine they would!
The texture of this tea is just like its shape: surprisingly round, full and velvety on the palate.
NO TRACE of astringency, even after several minutes of infusion (I accidentally steeped it for 5 min. the first time)
2nd and 3rd steep: still that velvety roundness.
The floral note of jasmine is both rich and fresh, but absolutely not overpowering, the sap of green tea is very present in the background.
Contrary to other jasmine teas I have tried, the floral note doesn’t linger and leave a perfumed imprint in the mouth.
Conclusion: This tea is noble, of exceptional quality and commands respect for the history and craftsmanship it bears.
(And I should mention, TEAVIVRE, you are offering it at an exceptional low price, I thank you for that!)