1747 Tasting Notes
Tried this one both with and without sugar today. I usually add a little sugar to my tea and liked this tea better with, though even without it the jasmine adds a sweetness as the aroma fills your head. The jasmine is not too strong to me, though the dry leaves would make you think this tea could knock you down and take your lunch money! My big disappointment is that I couldn’t taste TEA. If someone had told me this was JUST jasmine I would have believed them. Probably won’t buy this one again, but I will enjoy playing with it a bit and trying it iced and with more sugar.
I am not a big green tea drinker….yet. I tried this one hoping for lots of cherry flavor but didn’t get it. I gave a sachet to a student of mine who drinks only flavored greens and no black teas, and she said it was the best tea she ever had! So I guess I will give it high points as a great tea to serve to my green tea loving guests. As green teas go to my tastebuds, this one was good and as flavorful as any green I have had so far.
Wanted an unflavored decaf for evenings. Tried Decaf Assam by Harney and Sons, but it was weak and watery. Alas! This one is just as weak and watery. I had heard that decaf Ceylon orange pekoes were the only unflavored decafs that tasted like real tea, and now I must agree. Both Harney and Sons Decaffeinated and Southern Season Decaf Orange Pekoe are great teas, so I guess Ceylons just hold up better to the process. Not buying this one again.
When you want a Pepsi, you get a Pepsi. There is no difference between one bottle and the next, no nuance between bottlers and distributors. A Pepsi ISN’T a fine champagne. But sometimes you want a Pepsi.
That’s how I feel about this tea. It isn’t bitter, it isn’t too strong, it isn’t expensive. It is a decent cup of tea when you want some tea and every batch will be the same. Don’t steep it too long! These sachets are sized for a 6 to 8 oz cuppa, not for 12 oz like Harney sachets.
I must be growing up! When I first started drinking tea I didn’t know the difference between astringency, bitterness, and smokiness. I loved smooth Ceylons and other teas that had very low astringency best. I thought I didn’t like most breakfast teas, but now I am beginning to like a little smokiness in the mornings to buck me up for my day. This one has that touch of smoky flavor, but is still smooth and satisfying. May have to get a refill for this tin after all…..
I wonder why I don’t drink this one more often? This is truly delightful – delicate, complex, smoother than smooth. There is absolutely NO astringency, a light vegetal aroma but not much vegetal flavor, and sweet light raisin notes. I served it to a friend who is new to teas and doesn’t like greens, and she loved this one even though it is very similar to an oolong in many ways. Even the second steeping was applauded, making this tea an even better bargain. Some people say they re-infuse up to five times, but I find three is my limit.