39 Tasting Notes
When I think pearls, I think of jasmine dragon phoenix pearls (or some similarly-named variation that amounts to the same thing). I was a little on the surprised side when I opened up my sample pack of this tea to find these much, much larger pearls. Not that pearls can’t be this large, of course…I’m sure my wife would love to possess a necklace of pearls this size.
In any event, these pearls make tea, and I drink tea. I drank this tea, in fact. It was pretty good, definitely earthy and with mild astringency. Nice and bold, it seems like a relatively decent bet for breakfast, for me anyway.
I don’t really have a whole lot to say about this one. It has a nice oolong flavor to it and produces a lovely scent and color. It tasted good, but wasn’t spectacular. I meant to write this yesterday, as that is when I drank this tea. I would save the note for the next time I make this, but my sample has been exhausted. I will say that with Adagio recommending two heaping teaspoons per cup, you’ll go through this tea very quickly…you can probably get by with a little less than that, depending on your personal preferences, but you’ll definitely want to try to get a few steepings out of it.
Mmmm…this tea is delicious. It has just the right amount of jasmine, especially noticeable in the scent and the aftertaste, without being overpowering. The silver needleness is still there and is quite nice. The tea brews darker than I expected and is very smooth and relaxing, but still nice to look forward to first think in the morning. Thanks Samovar…I’ll enjoy this tin and order from you again in the future.
I must agree with several other notes that I’ve read regarding this tea, as I was expecting a little bit more of a punch. Don’t get me wrong, I like this tea. It is, however, a milder Assam than I was expecting. I think the only basis for my assumption, however, is that the only other Assams I’ve ever had have been a little stronger. That said, the tea was pleasantly mellow but stout and solid. I may try a bit more leaf next time, but regardless this tea is pretty good.
I found this tea to be quite tasty. It seemed somewhat bolder and stronger than many whites that I’ve tasted, which I liked. Smooth and slightly floral, it produced a nice golden color. On the second steeping, I went with a cooler 185° for eight minutes. I think it turned out better at 195°, so I’ll probably stick with that. I’m looking forward to enjoying the rest of the tin.