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Thank you, Bonnie!
I steeped this for just 30 seconds because I really like whites at that short of a time. This is no exception!
The flavor is of course mostly jasmine, and it is a very nice jasmine indeed. It tastes like fresh flowers, but it is not overpowering at all. Underneath is a subtle, but very sweet white tea. This tea can easily just be summed up in one word: fresh. It just tastes like fresh hay and flowers in the perfect combination.
Jug #2: Black Teas
So, I had this Lapsang in an old Peet’s tin… I guessing it’s from Puripan?
In any case, that stuff’s pretty good iced…
and in a moment of cRaZiNeSs, I decided to mix it with some other French tea – one of those flowery ones, what with sunflower and cornflower petals, flavored with strawberry and rhubarb, and a mix of Chinese and Sri Lankan teas – called Jardin Bleu, by Dammann Freres.
The result? Not bad! Well, I haven’t tried it officially cold, but from my taste-testing, it’s not as much of an atrocity as it could have been. We’ll see in the morning, perhaps.
Using a very large teapot for this, so two potfuls should about do a gallon. I might have to top it off with something special, but we’ll see.
Kind of considering putting sugar in this one… but mostly not.
Now for jug #3, I’m thinking herbal…
I wanted to do rooibos, but I’m pretty sure I’m out.
Was thinking, then, either Yerba Mate (which I have in excess), or Corn and Barley to make a refreshing Korean-style mix….
Refreshment, or energy?
Maybe energy… But I know one of my directors is on a no-caffeine fix… do you think this would be okay for him? I don’t know…
Backlogging from last week.
Thank you Bonnie for this tea!
Upon opening the package the smell was very jasmine, not overwhelmingly so, but it was close. It scared me because I didn’t think this was going to be any better than most other white jasmine teas I’ve tried. There was my problem, I assumed.
This tea dry smelled very strongly of jasmine, but when brewed it mellowed out significantly. The tea was wonderfully smooth and crisp. I got the lovely crispness and hay notes of Silver Needles and the jasmine was soft and smooth and light. It was amazing how powerful the jasmine smelled dried then mellowed out so much in taste. This is definitely one of the better jasmine scented white teas I’ve had. Thank you Bonnie for sending this one to me!
I’ve neglected this tea too long. Stuck in the back of my stash of tea for no good reason…maybe because it’s Winter and this is a Spring/Summer sounding tea “Peach White” for goodness sakes! But I spent yesterday at a Lenten retreat in Denver and think I should be merciful to this tea and give it a review. Okey Dokey. A 4 minute steep (instructions say not to oversteep to avoid bitterness…and I obeyed) delivers a champagne liquor of organic white that is so masterfully blended with a light hand of added peach and tangerine. There is a fantastic weave of these flavors but you can’t unravel them easily because they are so tight and elegant. Puripan knows how to produce the best White Tea! I hate fake chemical peachy tea…bleh…and this is not that in any way. There is no big fruit flavor of any kind. All is subtle…a hint…a tease. You want more. Oh the best most beautiful organic white needles. Impressive.
If you’ve never been that fond of Jasmine or white tea, or both, or never found one good enough…then stop right there…yes you…because this is the tea to try. It will change your mind. It is a symphony of beauty. Very rich, sweet and floral without annoyance. Bitterness is hard to come by and then only by oversteeping a long time. This highly fragrant silver needled tea is a cure for all the blahs of Winter. Drink sweet.
I’ve waited to review this tea because I wanted to have several tastings on different days. I’m not fond of Jasmine scent unless it is the real deal…and the same goes with tea. This is the real deal Jasmine. NO chemical or bitter aftertaste. Very clean fragrant and beautiful elegant bouquet. I highly recommend adding creme. Good without but the addition enhances the richness like silk. I’m on the Orient Express enveloped in old wood and velvet…silver service and china tea cups. I had curried pea and smoked almond salad for lunch followed by this tea. So perfect. AND…this is the first day I can see clearly…yes…I had 2 eye operations…the patches are off and the world is beautiful and clear. Thanks be to God!
I used the amount of herbal berries listed on the package but the tea was too weak so I doubled for the second pour and let it steep 4-5 minutes. The taste will not get bitter. Very lemon=cranberry tang which I think is enhanced with a little sweetening. Would be awesome iced. REALLY TANGY!
This is such a beautiful girly tea. Small rose buds…perfect and sweet but not perfumy. The taste is more of fruit and rosehip with a nose that brings on Springtime. This is definately tea party tea. Steep 5 min. at 212 degrees 2 tsp per 8oz water. Good 2nd pour. Lovely aroma and flavor. Milk works well.
The dry aroma of this tea was very nutty. I just dumped the sample in my Bonjour glass tea press and poured near boiling water (approx. 8 oz) over the tea for 1 min. Could smell nuttiness of wet buckwheat, but when I stuck my face in the press and inhaed the aroma it smelled like ashes! I thought of an astray and ashes. Could someone tell me why I kept inhaling the wet ash aroma? Why?….several times….why? I think initially I was in sensory disbelief!
The color of the brew was a medium, translucent yellow, similar to that of Chamomile. The cup had a nutty aroma, and the one minute steep led to a hearty, nutty, naturally sweet flavor. The nutty sweetness was delicious! So clean and refreshing. The second steep was better at 1.5 minutes, showcasing a slightly nuttier and sweeter flavor. The third and final steep at 3 min. was still very good, even though the nutty sweetness had dissipated somewhat. This tea was never bitter, which is a plus for me.
Definitely a very nice tea experience (minus the ashiness of the wet aroma). I would order, as this is a great, relaxing brew before my nightly slumber.
Thank you Anna! :))
Cupped Tue, 11-01-11
Reviewed Tue, 11-15-11
I chose this on a whim, when the salesgirl at Puripan opened a canister to give me a whiff. The aroma was the same as it is now – a strong pure scent with a touch of bitterness. It somehow smelled like the essence of tea, as if all others I had tried before were less concentrated versions of the same thing.
And that may well be – the leaves are rolled more tightly than any other tea I’ve seen before, and even the stems seem especially thin. After steeping, these open up into some beautifully full leaves, with very few fragments. In terms of the actual tea, I think of these as similar to Gyukuro in some ways – difficult to get right, often a bit on the bitter side, but occasionally very smooth and satisfying. I haven’t figured out the right combination yet, but I think the key is to allow the water to cool a bit after boiling. It’s good for several infusions too, with little reduction in color after two rounds of 16oz steeps.
I once left a mug of this tea sitting until it was quite cold. I expected the result to be overly bitter and undrinkable, but to my surprise, it was even smoother and better than the warm version. It’s worth experimenting with.
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