9 Tasting Notes
I always used to drink all my tea without embellishment. Black, green, herbal, straight up. Then I had surgery and all I wanted during my recovery was tea with lots and lots of honey in it.
Now I’m drinking some teas plain again. This one definitely makes a good start for that. When Erik and Charles say that the Red-Tailed Hawk is “bright” I take this to mean that the flavors can stand on their own, without the aid of sweet or milky things. That’s refreshingly true in this case.
Wow, I finally steeped this correctly today. I’ve been consistently either over-brewing this tea, or putting too few leaves in, or not warming up the cup or pot enough. This tea is a bit fussier than some, for sure, but it’s completely worth it. It’s a bit of a paradox with tea, because that moment when you aren’t yet caffeinated enough to do things right is when you have to figure out how to brew correctly!
Also, it goes really, really well with cinnamon sugar coffee cake.
I’ve tried about ten different Jasmine Pearls, and this one is the weakest of the lot. By that I mean one has to put about five times the amount of leaves into the strainer to get the same strength of flavour from this brand, as compared to other brands. Comparing the amount of leaf to the price, this is just outrageous. I definitely won’t be buying this again.
As others have said, this tea is a bit “meh” compared to loose-leaf varieties. Yet for a bagged tea, it’s surprisingly good. It’s also the only bagged Pearled Jasmine I’ve ever found, and is convenient to buy during weekly shopping trips, at a very good price. A nice fall-back for those times when the loose-leaf pearled jasmine has run out.
For a non-pearled jasmine, this is a really amazing tea. I’m very picky about jasmines. I like this tea so much I think it’s my favorite of all the excellent Damn Fine Teas. This is partly because I’m really good at messing up the steeping time on most teas, and this one seems harder to ruin than most. It may be smarter than my forgetfulness. The only Damn Fine Tea that is tougher to over-steep is the excellent Bai Mu Dan.
I’ve tried at least a dozen pearl jasmines, and this one is my favorite. When I lived in Providence this was no problem. Now that I have to order it online, it’s a pain. Their shopping cart software is not very functional. It’s worth it for the tea. Most pearled jasmines require a large quantity of tea, up to a tablespoon or two, for a single cup. This one really only requires a teaspoon or two, and the balance of jasmine is perfect. As with all jasmines, the second steeping is the best.