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Golden Moon sample No. 21 of 31, chosen at random.

I had a hard day. I just sold my childhood home, which I’d been holding on to since my mom died in the mid-90s, mostly for sentimental reasons. I thought I was ready for this step. Sure beats being a landlord from multiple states away (so my thinking went). Or having it sit empty and having to deal with upkeep from multiple states away (so my thinking went). And it’s in an area that, very fortunately, held its value during the recession and even appreciated some, so no downside there. And the transaction was relatively painless because the lady who was renting it bought it, and so I didn’t have to put it on the market.

But when I had to sit down with the notary and sign the deed, I started to feel really sad. So many memories tied up in that house. We moved into it when I was 5. I’m trying to make myself look at the bright side. At least the buyer wants to live in it and update it, not tear it down and build a McMansion on the little lot. So if I ever find myself in the neighborhood with my kids, I’ll still be able to show them the house mommy grew up in.

But. Stress. And work stress this week too, no time to work out for 2 days. I’m hoping to take a few days off as soon as I get a project done, maybe get a massage. Yeah, that’s what I’ll look forward to, she said.

Anyway, I thought I had a conference call at 7 p.m. tonight but it got postponed, so I actually have a shot of doing a workout. But I really don’t feel like it, so I am hoping a gentle caffeine lift may help motivate me.

I haven’t had jasmine pearls before though I’ve seen pictures of them. The pictures don’t really do them justice. They’re quite charming looking in real life. They look like tiny, variegated aquarium snails. Or miniscule turbans. Or rolled up bits of rattan. They have a strong, sweet, jasmine smell.

The liquor is pale yellow with a hint of green and has a rich jasmine smell. It’s got a lot to it without being artificial or overwhelming. I’d happily wear it as perfume; it smells lovely and fresh. It would make a nice spring/summer eau de toilette.

The taste is very, very sweet and slightly vegetal, with the predominant note, not surprisingly, that of jasmine. The tea has a light body, but I’m not sure I could rightly expect jasmine to be chewy.

By the end of my first steep, the pearls had only partially uncurled. Some of them were starting to look a bit ringletty. The flavor on the second steep, while still light bodied, had more depth. It felt a bit silkier, like it was leaning toward green oolong land. The pearls were pretty much uncurled at this point, except for a few that had a tightly wound bit still at the end of the leaf and looked a little like… sperm! I gave them another run through, believing that there might be more flavor hiding in the curls. There was, though the second steep was tastier. The third was heading toward washed out.

I can’t remember the non-pearl GM jasmine well enough to compare these two. Perhaps it’s my mood and my great need for comfort today, but I have a more positive visceral response to this one than to the other.

Can someone who is more experienced with green teas in general and jasmine green tea in particular educate me on why one would have both jasmine pearls and regular leaf jasmine in one’s cupboard other than for variety in how they look and whatever difference there may be in how any given one tastes vs. another? Is there something else I should be considering? If I had to choose between the two at the moment I’d pick this, but perhaps there’s more to it I should be thinking about?

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec
Rabs

First of all: ::HUGE HUG::

Second of all: I’m not very edumacated when it comes to jasmines (but I love some/hate others), but that’s not gonna keep me from throwing out some thoughts. ;) I think you’ve nailed it with the flavor and visuals. Pearls have a sweetness that I don’t like when combined with jasmine and I don’t know why that is. I think the other thing is price. I think that generally pearls are more expensive. So someone who likes pearls but has less of a budget might keep both. The pearls to be enjoyed occasionally while the greens/oolongs are more of a daily drink.

And finally: Everyone sing along! Every Jasmine Pearl is sa-cred. Every Jasmine Pearl is great. If a Pearl is wa-sted God gets quite iraaaate!!!! :D

__Morgana__

Ah, that’s a good insight. Pearls are special and sacred, and to be enjoyed occasionally. I shall remember that.

Caitlin

I am sorry about your house – hope the tea helped

__Morgana__

Thanks, I’m over it, I think. Just a moment of weakness, thinking about all the firsts I experienced in that house, and of course, all the love. :)

__Morgana__

Rabs, read your note on this one re Tootsie pop grape. OMG! Yes, I know exactly what you mean. I wouldn’t have picked it out without the hint but it does have a really really sweet taste that has that character to it. Good call!

Rabs

Hooray! This means that I’m not completely bonkers! ::wiggles eyebrows, puts a lampshade on like a hat, and hops away on a pogostick while giggling:: ;)

Peggie Bennett

Pearls are to be enjoyed occasionally? Oh, then I’m doing it all wrong. Because almost every day at my house, it is special and sacred, usually in the evening.

…..oh well. :-) I L-O-V-E jasmine pearls, they are one of the ones that I can drink anytime and the smell (like bergamot) makes me smile!

Peggie Bennett

Oh and yes, big hugs indeed. Even if you’re ready, it’s always a little hard to let go of special places.

__Morgana__

Thanks, Peggie. :-) And gee, why the heck not make every day special and sacred? Carpe diem and all that!

Rabs

Er, so I’m thinkin’ that y’all sorta didn’t get the “sacred” joke? Monty Python? The sperm song? ::crickets::

__Morgana__

LOL, now that you mention it, I remember it. Haven’t heard that in forever!

Peggie Bennett

Oh yeah. Sorry, I haven’t seen Monty Python in a very long time.
I say Carpe diem to jasmine pearls and…sperm?!? haha!

Rabs

Teahee! Sorry I was in a bit of a goober state-of-mind last night. Wait, what am I saying? Sorry I’m always in a bit of a goober state-of-mind. ;)

Also to clarify: I’m also very carpe diem to pearls as well. :D I was only speculating on why someone would have both in their cupboard beyond taste/look. I think it’s all about the taste, but price was the only other possible reason I could think of. :)

ashmanra

Hmmm, I know the SPAM song but not the sperm song! I’ll have to check “the youtubes.” LOL!

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Rabs

First of all: ::HUGE HUG::

Second of all: I’m not very edumacated when it comes to jasmines (but I love some/hate others), but that’s not gonna keep me from throwing out some thoughts. ;) I think you’ve nailed it with the flavor and visuals. Pearls have a sweetness that I don’t like when combined with jasmine and I don’t know why that is. I think the other thing is price. I think that generally pearls are more expensive. So someone who likes pearls but has less of a budget might keep both. The pearls to be enjoyed occasionally while the greens/oolongs are more of a daily drink.

And finally: Everyone sing along! Every Jasmine Pearl is sa-cred. Every Jasmine Pearl is great. If a Pearl is wa-sted God gets quite iraaaate!!!! :D

__Morgana__

Ah, that’s a good insight. Pearls are special and sacred, and to be enjoyed occasionally. I shall remember that.

Caitlin

I am sorry about your house – hope the tea helped

__Morgana__

Thanks, I’m over it, I think. Just a moment of weakness, thinking about all the firsts I experienced in that house, and of course, all the love. :)

__Morgana__

Rabs, read your note on this one re Tootsie pop grape. OMG! Yes, I know exactly what you mean. I wouldn’t have picked it out without the hint but it does have a really really sweet taste that has that character to it. Good call!

Rabs

Hooray! This means that I’m not completely bonkers! ::wiggles eyebrows, puts a lampshade on like a hat, and hops away on a pogostick while giggling:: ;)

Peggie Bennett

Pearls are to be enjoyed occasionally? Oh, then I’m doing it all wrong. Because almost every day at my house, it is special and sacred, usually in the evening.

…..oh well. :-) I L-O-V-E jasmine pearls, they are one of the ones that I can drink anytime and the smell (like bergamot) makes me smile!

Peggie Bennett

Oh and yes, big hugs indeed. Even if you’re ready, it’s always a little hard to let go of special places.

__Morgana__

Thanks, Peggie. :-) And gee, why the heck not make every day special and sacred? Carpe diem and all that!

Rabs

Er, so I’m thinkin’ that y’all sorta didn’t get the “sacred” joke? Monty Python? The sperm song? ::crickets::

__Morgana__

LOL, now that you mention it, I remember it. Haven’t heard that in forever!

Peggie Bennett

Oh yeah. Sorry, I haven’t seen Monty Python in a very long time.
I say Carpe diem to jasmine pearls and…sperm?!? haha!

Rabs

Teahee! Sorry I was in a bit of a goober state-of-mind last night. Wait, what am I saying? Sorry I’m always in a bit of a goober state-of-mind. ;)

Also to clarify: I’m also very carpe diem to pearls as well. :D I was only speculating on why someone would have both in their cupboard beyond taste/look. I think it’s all about the taste, but price was the only other possible reason I could think of. :)

ashmanra

Hmmm, I know the SPAM song but not the sperm song! I’ll have to check “the youtubes.” LOL!

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I’ve updated this bio as it’s been a couple of years since I “started getting into” tea. It’s now more accurate to say that I was obsessed with tea for a while, then other things intruded, then I cycled back to it, and I seem to be continuing that in for a while, out for a while cycle. I have a short attention span, but no shortage of tea.

I’m a mom, writer, gamer, lawyer, reader, runner, traveler, and enjoyer of life, literature, art, music, thought and kindness, in no particular order. I’ve recently started writing fantasy and science fiction under the name J. J. Roth.

Personal biases: I much prefer to drink tea without additives such as milk and sugar. If a tea needs additives to improve its flavor, its unlikely I’m going to rate it high. The exception is chai, which I make on the stove top using a recipe I found here on Steepster. Rooibos and honeybush were my gateway drugs into the harder stuff, but once I learned how to make a decent cup of tea they became far less appealing to me. That said, I’m not entirely a purist, and I enjoy a good flavored tea, particularly flavored blacks.

I like all kinds of tea depending on time of day, mood, and the amount of time I have to pay attention to preparation.

Since I find others’ rating legends helpful, I added my own. I’m revising them slightly to make them less granular as I don’t really find myself hating most things I try.

I try to rate teas against other similar versions. So I rate Earl Greys, for example, against other Earl Greys, rather than against all teas. If something rates very high with me, though, it probably means it’s a stand out against all other teas I’ve tried.

95-100 A once in a lifetime experience; the best there is; will keep this stocked until the cows come home

90-94 First rate; top notch; really terrific; will definitely buy more

80-89 Excellent; likely to become a favorite, will likely buy more

70-79 Very good; would enjoy again, might buy again if in the mood for this particular one or a better, similar version not available

60-69 Good; wouldn’t pass up if offered, but probably wouldn’t buy again unless craving this particular flavor

50-59 Okay or run of the mill

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