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It still bothers me there are no real brewing instructions on these teas. H2O + pod = tea are not real steeping instruction in any language. I continue to experiment one 36oz pot at a time. This is a green tea so boiling water should probably not be used. The however is, the first blooming green I tried was very slow to open. So boiling water it is. Didn’t make the tea the least bit bitter IMO. The pod bloomed beautifully. I haven’t had any problems with the pod coming apart. Not sure why others would have problems. The display is so pretty I almost hate to pour it… almost.
This is another very mild Jasmine. It is the predominate flavor but not overwhelmingly so. It blends well with the green tea. I can’t tell that the flowers are adding anything to the flavor of the cup. If they do it is very subtle. Very pale amber brew with a natural sweetness. Honestly I can’t tell the difference between this and the lovers leap I brewed a couple days ago. That’s ok with me because I like it.
The second pot I steeped long and strong on purpose. I was curious to see what would happen. The brew, of course, was much darker. The scent of jasmine was present wafting off the cup. Still no hint of bitterness. Interestingly, the flavor of jasmine seems to have moved to the background and I get just a hint of the flowers now (that could be my imagination). I am also noticing a dryness in my mouth. I prefer the way I steeped the first pot.
I am always leery when someone who does not like Earl Grey recommends an EG to me. So let me make clear, I do not normally like jasmine tea, but I am enjoying these blooming teas by Primula.
This morning was awesome. Our praise band rocked. There couldn’t possibly be any dust left on the rafters. Not bad for the former frozen chosen. lol
Came home and fixed bacon, egg, and smoked Gouda sandwiches. More awesome.
I needed tea so I brewed a cup of this. Then the power went out. It was white out conditions as the winter, I mean spring :( storm rolled in. I had to wait until the power came back on to say this was pretty tasty. Healthy dose of bergamot and floral notes. Not bad for a flowering tea I have had for two years!
The friend that gave me this said he really liked it for the bergamot and some kind of berry notes. That sounded excellent. The dry pod does smell nicely of bergamot, not overwhelmingly so, but in a pleasant way. The display opened up nicely. It is a bit drab compared to the colorful Lovers Blossom. Still it is cool.
The clarity is good. The brew a golden amber. In the sip I get the berry notes my friend mentioned. I can’t quite put my finger on it. I will call it plum for now, maybe a little grapeish. The bergamot takes a major backseat here. It is more on the level of bergamot in Ahmad’s No 1 tea, its there, but way in the background. As an EG this is more than a bit disappointing. If the package only said London Fog I would not have a preconception that is a bit hard to overcome. Ok, if this is not EG, how is it? It is not brisk, bold, or astringent. It is very smooth like Prince of Wales but to my tastes, with the fruitiness, it takes on a Keemun/Ceylon afternoon blend quality. Works well with a little sweetener, which gives it some depth. This is really not bad. While I doubt I will buy this one (cause its not EG), I would definitely drink it if it were offered to me. One pod made two 6 cup pots (36oz each) or 7 medium strength 10oz cups.
My first blooming tea. This was a most thoughtful gift from a friend.
There are no real instructions on the packaging. I looked on the website and could not find a statement on how large a cup/pot to use. The canister said 12 blooms, 36 infusions, over 250 cups. Doing the math that is about 7 cups per steep. How big do they think a cup is? Is it 4oz, 6oz, – 8oz? I am sure it is not the 10oz I normally use. My kettle came with a 6 cup pot, or roughly 36oz. I figured that was close enough.
The bloom opened up nicely with minimal debris. The broken off leaves were due to me pouring the water over the pod in a bit of a brutish manner. The artistry in these things is truly amazing to behold. There is a beautiful tiny red flower at the heart of the bloom. A wonderful conversation piece around a table with friends. Highly recommend for the visual appeal.
Now I have always heard blooming teas are less than spectacular in the taste department. That may be true, however in this case I must say I was thoroughly surprised. You see, I don’t or didn’t like Jasmine. I have never liked the smell, the taste, or how it settles on my stomach. This tea has the Jasmine smell but the taste is very mellow and subdued. It is so sufficiently sweet on its own that even I was tempted not to add the yellow packet.
I made two pots out of this. Didn’t try the third Primula claims. I suspect it would have worked. If you like an in your face Jasmine, this is not a tea for you. If you think you don’t like Jasmine, you may well enjoy this. I poured and finished 4 cups myself. That’s more Jasmine than I have been able to finish in my whole life. A pleasant cup. Looking forward to more.
Not bad. Very pretty when it was brewing – I wish I could get a decent picture of a flowering tea. Damn you, refraction. On my third cup and it is getting a little bitter, but I enjoyed this more than the green tea flowering teas, but I am totally biased towards Earls. Thank you to atuinsails for send it to my wifey!
I decided to have some fun with a flowering tea tonight! It was lots of fun. It was also a nice earl grey too. Especially if you are like me and aren’t really into a heavy bergamot flavor.
I posted a full review with pictures and everything on my brand new blog, if you want to check it out!!
So delicious. If left to steep long enough, the bitter afternote isn’t as strong, in my opinion, and it’s just thoroughly pleasing. The little bits of tea leaves that break off the main pod during brewing are my absolute favorite part – they’re so sweet and robust. Delicious!!
Utterly fabulous. This one smells great the moment you open the container. Sweet and earthy and tastes good all day. I can keep pouring water into my Teava Rhapsody, looking at my lovely flower and steeping the tea four or five times in a day before need to even consider getting a new ball. Absolutely the best new addition to my work desk.
The flower is very pretty. The color, even after seven minutes is very light. I tried shewhoreads’s suggestion and followed the directions at the link she gave me on a comment to an earlier tasting note involving raspberry green tea. After navigating that sentence, I think it might be cool enough to sip.
First cup: Smells very pretty. The tea tastes very floral and sweet, but still need to cool. After taking the flower out, I can see the tea has a very light yellow green color. Still smells pretty, and I can really taste the jasmine. There is some astringency that might be tea behind it but it tastes kind of like hot jasmine water.
Second cup: Still smells pretty. Definitely more of a traditional tea taste in this one. First thing you taste is jasmine, then as you swallow, I’m guessing the green tea kicks in. Just not sure if it supposed to be this weak. It still tastes mostly like hot water.
Third cup: Still smells pretty, but with less jasmine taste. If that is what green tea tastes like, why do so many people like it? This is not the same tea note under the raspberry green tea from celestial seasonings. In fact, this is pretty much unpalatable. It leaves my mouth kind of dry from the astringent nature of the tea. I knew this flowering tea was most likely old since I recieved a huge amount with the flowering tea set that I ordered from woot.com, but this is just kind of ridiculous.
No more green tea experiments until I can find something that is like real green tea. Or at least not something that I don’t know when it was prepared.
The first cup smells light and delicate, while the first taste is really bland. I’m going to leave the tea flower in for just awhile longer. By the way, the flower is very pretty.
The second cup is much darker and the smell is less floral and more tea like. The taste is more vibrant. Having never had earl grey before, I can only say the taste is not like any of the tea I currently own.
The third cup is darker, I can see now that some tea got left behind in the teapot. The color is darker, and the tase richer. Definitely liking this now. I’ll have to try some real earl grey tea.
So this was my first experience with flowering tea… overall I think it went pretty well minus some water spilling and some flower floaties in my tea.
My wonderful boyfriend just bought me this teapot set that came with 30 something servings of flowering tea (white tea with peach, green tea with jasmine and earl grey I believe). I just picked it up from the post office today so I was really excited to try it out!!!
The raw tea smells really yummy and peachy like a fresh juicy peach or maybe just peach rings candy but any way it smelled delicious. The wet leaves smelled kind of like sea water which was a little weird.
The first cup I had was almost clear after steeping for 5 minutes and it tasted like hot water with a faint peach taste. The second cup however was much stronger. It was a little more yellow and tasted more like white tea with a hint of peach.
For the second infusion I have a pot cooling in the fridge. I think that it will make an absolutely delicious iced tea and I could use some iced tea in this weather.
I saved my first flower in the fridge so I could do a second steep. I tried it at 8 minutes and the flavor was a very delicate jasmine.
At 14 minutes I poured a full cup. The liquor was a pale gold with a delicate jasmine flavor.
At 35 minutes the liquor was a bright gold and the flavor was about the same strength as that of the 18 minute infusion from the first steep.
So, yesterday my Woot.com order came with my glass teapot and 39 flowering teas…I am stocked on flowering teas for the next year+ now I think. The real reason I ordered this was so I could get the full experience with the Dragon Balls from Doulton but I decided it couldn’t hurt to try it out first.
I decided on the green tea with jasmine and picked one pretty much at random. I only poured in enough water to fill the pot 2/3 of the way since I really didn’t feel like drinking 40oz of liquid all by myself. I must say, I’m not sure which was more fun, watching the flower unfold or watching my son watch the flower unfold! He was quite torn between watching the tea and helping Grampy cook breakfast.
About 5 minutes in I poured my first cup. The liquor was a pale yellow-peach with a light, pleasant jasmine flavor, comparable to Stash’s Monkey King Jasmine in strength.
At 18 minutes I poured another cup. This time the liquor was a bright peach-apricot color with a slightly stronger jasmine flavor.
The liquor kept getting darker the longer it steeped (up to a deep red-amber) but I couldn’t detect any bitterness up until the tea had steeped about 45 minutes. At which point the level of liquid was down enough that it just fit in one of my mugs.
This even tastes quite pleasant when it’s cold (I forgot about my mug sitting beside me on the shelf =o= )
It’s a rainy day here but this London Fog is making my day brighter. I need a light tea after yesterday’s caffeine overload, so this is perfect. I’m also home from work, so I can enjoy the bloom while I am doing laundry and catching up on stuff. It’s beautiful, lightly scented, and tasty. I am biased though, there are very few jasmine greens that can do wrong in my book.
Received this and other Primula teas for holidays. I love the look of the blooming teas, but have yet to find one that competes in taste.
I did try one blooming tea that I thought was fairly amazing – called Heart of the Dragon – but I’m not sure what company, if any, it came from. A local tea shop carried it for a while. They purchased all their teas during trips to Asia and also had family there that sent them tea. Heart of the Dragon blooming tea was hand-tied also and, when it opened, the tea leaves spread out like talons and a red rose bud could be seen in the middle. The rose looked just like a heart – and not the cartoon-type, either.