This was the first tea I served to my friend today. She told me about a week ago that she does not like or drink green tea, then promptly fell in love with Teavivre’s Jasmine Dragon Pearls. She looked a bit dubious when I told her we were starting with a green tea today. I suppose she didn’t think the chances were good that there would be TWO greens she liked!
She sipped, then almost chugged her cup, refilling it twice in just a short time. It was a hit! She said that this was something she could drink every day. Buttery and floral, and unbelievably smooth.
I called the Pasadena shop today and asked them to confirm that this is a green and not an oolong. It looks, tastes, and acts like a fine green oolong. The young lady who answered the phone took her time to explain the difference in green and oolong tea, but referred to oolongs as being more roasty. At first she insisted that this is definitely a green. When I pointed out that there are green oolongs, or light and dark as some classify them, she said that she could be wrong about the tea and would research it. She was very sweet and helpful even though I was just calling with a question and not with an order! She said she thought I should continue to steep it as if making a green tea, just as I have been doing.Maybe if they find that it is actually an oolong they will update their website. For now I will say this is the best plain green tea I have ever tasted. If we find out it is an oolong, I will say it is the best oolong I have ever tasted!