187 Tasting Notes
I love pearl teas. They just look so nice and tidy, all rolled up in little tea-leaf balls. This is good stuff, my friends. The jasmine comes through, and its a nice, well-balanced (to me, at least) blend of jasmine and green tea. Neither one really overpowers the other. I do really like jasmine teas, so I am a bit biased in this. This is a good tea for relaxing and winding down at the end of the day. It whispers, more than it talks.
The dry tea smells wonderful. It has a warm, spicy smell, with the cinnamon and cardamom really coming through, but not overpowering the nuttiness. The brewed tea itself is an excellent dessert tea. It smells like a spiced baked apple. It also rather tastes like it—the cinnamon mellows out, and apple is the dominant fruit note. It has a sort of dry mouth feel. The aftertaste is more fruity than spicy.
Still delicious after only a one minute steep. The obvious differences between a one minute and three minute steep—lighter color, flavor, and all around more delicate. I had it with a Fuyu persimmon this morning, which was an excellent choice. It really brought out the sweetness of the tea. Unsweetened, as always. Next time I’ll try a two minute steep, see which I like best.
This tea is beautiful. To start with, the dry mix is visually pleasing and the brewed tea is a beautiful purplish-red. It really needs to be consumed from one of my very fancy tea cups. The smell of both the dry tea and the brewed tea is wonderful as well. Very fruity, which I definitely appreciate. I like when tea hits all my senses.
So much for sight and smell, what about the one that really matters? Taste? Less tea-like than I imagined. Well, less green tea. Others are right, the green does get muted by the intensity of the fruit and hibiscus. You do get some hints of the green tea, but hints are really all you get. I’m drinking it hot and unsweetened right now. This would be amazing as an iced tea. I’ll definitely drink it again (and not just because I have a lot of it).
I am relatively new to really good loose leaf teas, and this was my first green tea from Teavana that I tried. This may well become my go-to green tea when I want a simple, unblended green tea. It is amazing. It has a clean taste, not overly grassy (its amazing what wonderful things proper steeping/temperature does for green tea!). and a smooth mouth feel.
I had it with a Petit Ecolier chocolate-and-biscuit cookie, I think I might choose a less-sweet treat to go along with it next time.