41 Tasting Notes
This is indeed a delicate white…I would prefer a bit more flavor. Based on the observations of others, I’m sure there’s more in there somewhere so I’ll see if I can find it. I ignored it for a while after brewing, so I can’t claim this was an ideal-scenario tasting. Also, this has been in my possession for quite a while. In any event, it is very smooth and clean tasting. Aside from additional steepings of this batch, I should have another couple pots from my little sample and may adjust my rating.
I bumped my rating a couple notches as I think this brewed a bit better today. I recommend steeping less than the five minutes recommended by A&D. Generally I prefer my teas to be on the strong side, but I thought this one was smoother and had a better proportioned (I’m not entirely sure what I mean by this, but I’m standing by it) flavor after steeping for only four minutes.
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.