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A friend invited me over for brunch and conversation today. I asked if I couldn’t bring anything and she said no, then changed her mind and told me maybe I could bring some tea since she had heard a lot about it. I chose this and Genteel Lady and thought we could either choose just one or try both.
When I was taking the teas out I asked if she drinks green tea and she said no. She didn’t like green tea. We tried Genteel Lady first but she kept looking at the Jasmine tin. Then she decided to just sniff it. Then she decided perhaps she could just try it.
She could not get her face out of the cup! Sniffing and sipping, over and over. Once again, I find myself placing an order with Teavivre from someone who has fallen in love with their tea! And a green, at that! Hooray! The tea-vangelist strikes again! :D
Finally, after twenty minutes of waiting for this to load, I can review my last tea of the day. Last night I saved my pearls. Tonight I added a teaspoon of new pearls since I had made it on the light side last time. I unashamedly drank the whole pot by myself. This is my quiet tea, my happy place tea, my meditative tea. Always, always must have on hand. I will be taking some to a new “tea friend” to try when I get my stitches out at Duke next week, because he has been paying $6 an ounce for the Teavana ones, while these are less than $4 an ounce. When you drink a lot of it, that is a significant savings if the quality is as good, and I think these are better.
I just received my refill of this one. I said I didn’t want to ever be without it and I meant it! My oldest daughter and I shared a pot this morning, she who drinks tea because it is good for her and not because she likes it. She picked up her cup as we talked, took a sip, interrupted herself saying, “Oo, that’s good!” and kept talking. Yep. It really is.
Sweet daughter had come by to bring me a big bag of Lindt truffles to make my face feel better! :)
We had a mocha one with our tea and it was yummy!
Yesterday’s tea to take to work. I have decided that I don’t want to take a really special tea like this anymore unless I can pour it in a cup. Drinking it from a closed top container makes you lose the enjoyment of sniffing the aroma. This was great, though….too good to take to work on a busy day when you can’t appreciate ow excellent it is.
It has been a stressful week. I am dealing with the public at early voting, still teaching my music students, and my mother-in-law had trigeminal neuropathy seizures again late Tuesday night and we rushed over to help, ending up calling an ambulance and sitting in the emergency room until all hours and not getting her home again for two days. Tonight I was considering trying some Kava tea (a free sample that came from Yogi but looks scary so I will probably never drink it) or some Get Some Zzz’s. Then I realized I just wanted to relax, and all that takes is a really good jasmine tea…just like this.
I was placing a Harney order for someone else and thought about ordering their jasmine pearls a.) just for ha-ha’s, b.) for comparison, and c.) because shipping was already covered, but when I saw the price I knew Teavivre was going to continue to be my source for Dragon Pearl Jasmine. Delicious, soothing, comforting, and very affordable. Maybe someday I will try another, but this one really massages the soul and is a great price.
I really intended to resteep my Tropical Green tea by Harney and Sons, but when I ran some things out to the recycling can I was hit by the scent of jasmine. Sure enough, the vines have just started blooming enough for its perfume to envelope me on a quick jaunt out the back door. I knew I still had leaves that had only been steeped two or three times, and the scent of the vine made me want more! Plus, I really shouldn’t keep these leaves much longer! I usually only keep them for about 24 hours resteeping for as long as they will handle it and these have hit that deadline. So jasmine it is, and the Tropical Green will be for tomorrow. When I take it to my neighbor I will use fresh leaves, not a resteep.
In my quest for a decluttered tea shelf of only the very favorite teas, this is another that makes the cut.
This smelled so heavenly last night that my eyes rolled back in my head in ecstasy. I had to resteep those pearls this morning. I am usually a stay at home homeschooling mom who teaches music lessons at home, but right now I am working for three weeks for the Board of Elections, as I always do when there is an election. I made my resteep, put it in my JoeMo XL and had loveliness to sip as we began early voting. The scent of this tea is so sweet and soothing I just feel tension ebb away when I inhale and sip. This one HAS to stay on hand. Since it resteeps so well, it is well worth the modest amount they charge for it. I think the price is excellent for a tea of this high quality.
Continuing along the vein of yesterday…my neighbor has a broken foot that needed surgery. We are helping him with this and that. Yesterday I asked if he drinks tea, and he said he drinks some grocery store bagged greens for health. bwahahahahaha! A new victim!
Since he loved the Silky Green yesterday, I took this one today. He LOVED it. I mean, he LOVED it. He kept exclaiming over the aroma, and how sweet it tasted. Both days, he couldn’t get over the fact that I had added nothing at all to the tea. The jasmine really does lend a sweetness to this already smooth green base. He is already talking about ordering some loose leaf teas next time I place an order, and wants to try puerh and a few others over the next few days.
New tea converts are SOOOOO EXCITING!!!!
Hubby drank tea with me again last night! I can not convey how soothing I find a good jasmine to be, and this is one of the best I have had. We made about six steeps from two teaspoons of pearls in an eight ounce glass pot. The jasmine does start to fade a bit after several steeps, but it is still there, and the green tea base was still going strong!
We drank this on the heels of Chun Mei tonight, and as much as I liked the Chun Mei, I must say this tea blew me out of the water. The sour Chun Mei with its sweet aftertaste only intensified the sweetness of this jasmine beauty.
We made this one gong fu style and got about five steeps out of it before running out of hot water. We were not yet out of flavor though, so the leaves have been saved for another pot tomorrow. This one has to stay on my shelf, not matter how ruthlessly I try to cut my tea inventory. Smooth, sweet, silky, this is a great tea.
On Valentine’s evening, I asked hubby to join me for Teavivre’s Two Dragons and A Pearl flowering tea since it was a special occasion and he had given me a glass pot. I was very surprised last night at about bedtime when he asked if we were going to drink tea again! He is a Tetley kind of guy and I knew this was a sacrifice of LoVe! :)
I chose this tea because it is one of the main reasons I wanted a glass pot. I love watching the pearls turn into ittle pinwheels as they open up.
This has such a wonderful, natural jasmine flavor. It sweetens the tea without dominating it completely. The steeped tea is yellow, and remained about the same color through five steeps. Each was also delicious. The green tea base is mild and smooth with no bitterness or bite.
I am hoping that the “tea together before bedtime” thing is going to become a ritual! :) Or at least a frequent occurrence.
I woke up this morning to find the tea table decorated with bouquets for my daughters and me, new tiny teacups and saucers, and a new glass teapot! EEEEE!
Yes, I have a thoughtful, romantic hubby. Yes, I do appreciate him! Yes, I try to be as good to him as he is to us!
I KNEW this tea was going to taste even better in a pretty glass pot, and it does! Actually, it tastes the same, but I love being able to watch the pearls open up. I really have to, HAVE TO, keep this tea on hand. My first experience with jasmine from another company was not good at all. In fact, I am surprised I ever bothered to try another, but I am glad I did.
This jasmine is just right for me and the base is incredibly smooth and silky. It resteeps nicely, too.
I am so glad I put this in my first Teavivre order.
Oh yes! I loved clicking Add to Cupboard for this one!
Three steeps shared with oldest daughter today. Magnificent! The base is so smooth, the jasmine so soothing, and even on the third steep it still had lots of color and body. We were making 16 ounce pots, not using the gong fu set, so I feel pretty good about the amount of tea we coaxed out of those pearls.
I am so glad that I have this on order and it is on its way. I still have enough of my sample to make it one or two more times, but I do NOT want to run out!
I made this in glass for the first time because I wanted to watch the pretty pearls open up. The container was very large, though, and I think I underestimated how much water I was pouring in. The tea looked very pale, but it was still delicious. I resteeped right away with a lot less water and combined the two steeps. I am getting the glass teapot from purepuer.com especially for this tea and Teavivre’s flowering teas.This has been a perfect tea for today. It is sunny and about seventy degrees outside, the windows are open, and the girls and I have a tea tray in the middle of the bed on my big fluffy down comforter so we can sit in the cross breeze to do our afternoon reading and have tea and cookies. Feeling very blessed.
I have been looking forward to trying this one! I steeped this in a gaiwan, keeping a tetsubin of hot water over a warmer nearby so I could resteep easily.
This is only my second jasmine dragon pearl green tea. The first was not a hit. I gave it away.
If you try to take this one away from me, you may draw back a nub. Just kidding! But it is very good. The first thing that impressed me when I opened the inner pouch was that the aroma was equally jasmine and buttery vegetable green tea. (My other one and the jasmine black from SS that I have are just knock-you-down, artificial jasmine.)
The steeped tea is much lighter in aroma, the jasmine subtle and the tea standing forward equally with it on the first steep. (I am sharing with youngest so I decanted into some smaller cups and started resteepng right away.). This is mild and smooth on the sip, with a nice little green bite at the end. The jasmine doesn’t overpower and doesn’t fill my nose and sinuses like someone who wears a gallon of cologne and makes it hard to breathe. It is a ight and lovely addition.
The pearls are ADORABLE at the end of the first steep, having unrolled about halfway. They unfurled fully by the third steep. I agree with the other post that this would be so pretty in a tiny glass pot. I have a glass pot but the infuser broke. I think I will buy a borosilicate glass one.
On subsequent steeps the jasmine is a little more subtle and the green tea is a bit more prominent.
I took this to four steeps without a significant reduction in flavor. Delicious! Thank you for another wonderful tea experience, Teavivre!
I saved the leaves late last night for resteeping today, because you just shouldn’t waste good leaves. Youngest made these two steeps for me as I took pooch across the street for a playdate and to have a nice break from cleaning out all the school cabinets and getting our books ready for the new homeschooling year.
The second steep is still rich and tasty. Who would have believed that a delicate white tea could have such presence? I found it to be a little nuttier than the first steep. The third steep is especially nutty – definitely walnuts, now. This is pairing nicely with our Kerrygold Dubliner cheese.
On a side note, my friend Marsha just joined steepster and I gave her a big box of tea to start reviewing! I am luring her to the loose (leaf) side. If you have a moment, find her and follow her! Her username is The Marshain!
I found another sample packet of this from Teavivre and chucked the whole thing in to steep since my daughter visited tonight and wanted to have tea together. This was refreshing and lovely. The most memorable part of this tea to me was how it seemed to dance over my tongue, like it was washing over but not really touching. It was an interesting and very enjoyable sensation, and there was such a freshness to the cup. Sweet, sweet grass or hay, fresh snowmelt, the barest hint of nut…
In the past I have noted a slight drying sensation or astringency as the tea cooled, but I didn’t pick that up at all tonight. (Maybe we drank it too quickly for it to cool to that point.) Just refreshing, clean, pure white tea.
Since I managed to get my oldest daughter to try flavored green tea today, I decided to go for broke and see if she would drink an unflavored tea. Since she is doing this just for health reasons (and Dr. Sandy says it is quite possible that my tea consumption is part of why my breast cancer had a nearly non-existent growth rate…it had been mellowed out by the tea!) I recommended that we try this tea next. I warned her that it would be subtle, and she would need to look for the flavors, but her taste buds are a little more sensitive than some since she banned sodas from her diet after her trip to Venezuela.
Oh joy! She liked it! She said it was so much more pleasant than the bitter green teabags she has been using the past few weeks.
When you open the outer pouch, there is a strong, buttery sweet aroma. The steeped tea is smooth with a bare hint of astringency only when the tea gets near room temperature. There is no bitterness, and there is a sweet grassy or hay note as well.
I bought these to use for special occasions. There isn’t a lot that is more special than Christmas Eve in this house! I had hoped to entice some of the kids into trying it since it is so unusual, but the diehard puerh drinkers didn’t budge. They DID watch it bloom and appreciate it. No one else wanted tea.
So I ended up drinking three steeps of this myself! This is my favorite blooming tea so far. The flavor is light and smooth and the flowers add a delicate touch, but not so much flavor that you would dislike it if you are averse to floral teas.
I wanted to make Thanksgiving tea party extra special! I knew our guest had never heard of flowering tea. I have never made it for tea party before because I had never tried one that was worth serving to guests. This one is so good, though, that I wanted to give it a test run at tea party, though I have already had it once.
My guest….LOVED it! We went five steeps. The final one was weak but the back end of the swallow still had the essence of the first steep.
The first impression was buttery buttery vegetables…squash, perhaps. Mild, smooth, and creamy. The second steep sat for a while as we drank our first teas, but when we got to it, it was still wonderful; no bitterness crept out at all no matter how long we left it. The second steep was a little more flavorful than the first, perhaps because the leaves were now well hydrated and opening up more fully.
The leaves and blossoms stayed beautiful to look at as well. The one I had purchased years ago turned ugly quite quickly! It looked like a glass pitcher of ditch water! Not this one! Even now, hours later, it looks pretty in the pot.
My guest enjoyed it so much that I told her we will begin having oolongs, greens, and white teas in future! And I have promised True Love Flowering tea will be on the menu at tea party next week. Beautiful and delicious!