Love this tea! Probably one of the first teas I learned the magic of re-steeping with. Very fond of it, and I enjoy the tin. It stands out amongst my monochromatic round tins.
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I am not going to rate this tea at the time because I haven’t had many Jasmine Pearls before and really don’t have a point of comparison.
These pearls appear to have been naturally scented there are still a few petals mixed in with the tea. The sent in the bag was of a strong fruity Jasmine like the scent you smell in the flower markets in India after the flowers have been left to wilt in the heat all morning. The dry leaf is tightly wound strong almost with obvious downy buds with silvery hairs. The leaves range in colour from light olive to forest green. I steeped them 6 times in a Gaiwan. The colour of the tea remained a consistant peach mixed with green tinted light beige. The Spent leaves are small with an attatched bud. Overall these had a pleasant flavour that was a mix of floral, fruity and more savory and vegetal notes through out the brewing with references to the Jasmine, pineapple and peach and vegetal flavours.
40s. smell: light, sweet almost powdery jasmine with a lightly smokey, slightly savory scent from the tea.
taste: the tea is slightly creamy. The flavour is a nice blend of soft floral of jasmine and a sweet vegetal flavour from the tea with a faint hint of smoke and a fruity flavour almost hinting at grilled pineapple. no astrigency or bitterness.
45s. smell: jasmine, smoke,and fruit
taste: jasmine, brighter and fruitier rather than soft. Medium bodied tea with a vegetal taste and a hint of fresh almost green peaches and skin. Tea develops a little astringency felt in the front ofthe mouth and a hint of bitterness.
90s. smell: scent of jasmine and a savory vegetal.
taste: more astringent. jasmine flavour starting to loose prominence. The tea underneath still reminds me of an under ripe
peach and skin. need to raise water temperature for next brewing.
2m smell: jasmine scent almost gone.
taste: jasmine is stii contributing both something green, which contributes to the fresh fruit feeling in the mouth and something powdery suggesting almost lily of the valley. The base contributes a savory only slightly sweet vegetal flavour.
4 min. smell: hint of floral, vegetal.
taste: soft powdery floral taste up front, followed by freshening taste in the mouth, mouth feel of having peaches, lightly savory almost salty broth.
Confession time. I got this for 4.99 at an Asian market, solely because I loved the tin. I’d gone in looking for cheaper teas to use in the bath, and this one caught my eye for the container more than anything else. I do love a good oolong though, so I was hopeful.
When I opened it, the tea was in a plastic bag inside the tin. Once the bag was pulled out (carefully so not as many leaves got broken) and the tea was in the tin, it was definitely a full container.
The tea itself is very roasted. I did a steep with it tonight and the first steep was totally a roast flavour, but when I added some sugar honeyed notes came out.
Since I’m not a roasted oolong fan, I passed on doing other steeps. However if anyone out there is a fan of roasted, this is definitely worth a try if you spy it around.