The Jasmine Pearl Tea Merchants

Recent Tasting Notes

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Oh, thank goodness! This is leaps and bounds better than the last one I tried (and subsequently dumped). It’s a really lively smelling tea, I can’t stop sticking my nose in the bag. Heavy on the lemon myrtle which makes it nice and bright. Often times I find citrus flavored teas to be bitter, like the pith has been added along with the zest. This one, thankfully, is not bitter in the slightest. The bergamot seems a bit lost, but overall it’s a solid citrus blend with a bit more oomph than Twinnings Lady Grey. I bet it would be delightful iced.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This tea smells like wet dog. And while I’ve never licked a wet dog, I’m going to go ahead and leap to the conclusion that this is also what wet dog tastes like. No thanks.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
boychik

i think its lavender. i may tolerate it in soap, but not tea. Sorry, but i was hysterical. taste like wet dog;)

cookies

I love lavender, though! Actually I’m fond of all of the ingredients in this blend so I’m a bit baffled. But I’ll be darned if it isn’t wet dog flavored tea.

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I get a little worried when there’s Lapsang Souchong in blends because it can be completely overpowering. Thankfully it’s used sparingly in this blend with just a hint of smokiness in the back of the sip. The star flavors here are clove and orange. With the lemon myrtle and bergamot adding a bit of brightness. It tastes like Christmas to me, I can’t wait to serve this around the holidays. I usually don’t add sugar or milk to my teas, but I think I’m going to try with this one, I bet it would be delicious. I also have to add that I love when you can see the flavoring in teas. There are full cloves in here, big chunks of orange peel and pieces lemon myrtle. It’s lovely looking.

I brewed for 3 minutes at 200º but next time I’ll go for 4, it could stand to be a bit stronger.

Flavors: Cloves, Fireplace, Lemon, Orange, Smoke

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 207 ML

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It’s not tangy and doesn’t taste like grapefruit.

I am watching The West Wing on Netflix. Great show.

I am in love with our new cat. He loves me too. It’s torrid.

That’s about it!

Nicole

Love the cat note. :)

Marzipan

Are you able to see my page at https://www.facebook.com/judith.gill1 ? Look at the video I posted of him on June 11.

Cheri

I’m so happy to hear the new cat is doing well in your home. That’s a tough transition for him. (I think it’s a boy cat, right?)

Marzipan

It’s a boy. For the first week he was pretty terrified and we hardly saw him. Then he started coming out little by little. Now if I go to my bedroom he charges out of my daughter’s room and leaps onto the bed and headbutts me in the face so I pet him. It’s adorable. I think by now he realizes no one here will hurt him. He acts a little like he might have been abused in the past (like he runs away from anyone walking, like someone kicked him in the past). He is incredibly loving and sweet though.

Cheri

I love kitty headbutts.

Nicole

I could not get to the video but I love sweet kitties. :) Mine is currently loving on me since I’ve been gone for a week. :)

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85

Backlog:

I can get the teas from Jasmine Pearl Tea Merchants bulk at my local Chuck’s Produce, so, occasionally, I’ll wander over to the bulk section and see if anything catches my eye. This is the tea that caught my eye most recently. I love licorice.

This has a powerful licorice flavor not just from licorice root but also from fennel and anise. It is reminiscent of a strong, black licorice candy. It is snappy, warm and zesty, but with a nice sweetness too.

I love the licorice-i-ness of this tea but, I feel like the Gunpowder Green tea is a bit overwhelmed in this blend. There’s a bit too much licorice and not enough green tea flavor. It’s difficult for me to say that, because I do love licorice, but, when I drink tea, I do want some tea flavor too.

That said, I did enjoy this cuppa because as I say, I love licorice. It is yummy and it is something that I’m likely to buy again in the future.

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94

I paid a visit to The Jasmine Pearl earlier in the afternoon right after work. With traffic, I was worried about making it on time, but I arrived with an hour or so to spare. Originally, I intended only on having their yellow tea and any other new orthodox offerings they had on hand.

Then I came across this blend.

I rarely go for blends. Even rarer is my inclination toward a cooked pu-erh blend. But this…whoah. It tasted like…earthy root beer. “Root Beer of the Earth”! Oh man, I have to write that down. Great book title idea.

Where was I?

Oh yes, great blend. Tastes like a flavored tea without any flavoring. Tastes pretty darn spiffy when iced as well.

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Tea of the afternoon here. I decided to have kung pao tofu for lunch in the hopes that spicy food would help to knock out the cold that I have. Lunch was great and I decided to come back home and try this sample tea I got from the Jasmine Pearl.

I’m not rating this today since I’m so congested but it does have a wonderful roasted fruity aroma which was the first thing I noticed about it. The tea flavor itself seems to be chocolatey with some roasted barley notes and a slight bittersweetness in the finish. Of course I can’t really write a proper tasting note today.

I was really into puerh teas for the two winters prior but I haven’t been drinking much of it lately, maybe that will start to change soon. I wonder if any of my puerhs are aging well and how the climate in my apartment is helping out (or not). I have steam heat and it can get pretty humid in here. Anyway this seems like a really nice shu and the 5 oz. cake is only $17. Might have to pick some of this up in the future.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec
gmathis

Love the name. Make me think of Radio Flyer toy wagons :)

TeaBrat

me too, it’s fun!

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A really tasty grapefruit tea. Not the best grapefruit tea that I’ve tried, but it’s good and I’m really glad I decided to buy the tin from my local grocer.

What sets this tea apart, I think, is the addition of the lemon grass and lemon myrtle, so it gives the tea more of a lemony note than pure grapefruit flavors, and the lemon myrtle – since it is a rather strong lemony herb – seems to overpower the grapefruit notes just slightly, and I found myself wanting a little less lemon and a little more grapefruit.

The citrus notes do meld nicely, though, but, I just got something different from this tea than I was at first expecting. Enjoyable, just not my fave.

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I really want to love this tea as much as I love the Dark Forest chai from Townshend’s, but it doesn’t quite get there for me. It gets a little bitter later in the pot, but overall is a pretty nice morning cup.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 45 sec

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92

Phenomenal floral flavor and aroma. You’d think this was a scented tea at first because of the strong floral aroma (something like jasmine, gardenias, and camellias all mixed together), but you know it isn’t scented because that aroma lasts through multiple steepings. I took this tea through 5 infusions and was still getting the floral notes. Not an everyday tea by any means, but an incredibly fun addition to the tea cabinet. It’s one of those teas that I like to serve to people as a “taste experiment.” It’s a great demonstration of the range of natural aromas you can get out of just Camellia sinensis leaves without any added extracts or flavorings.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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Herbal tea of the evening and not sure exactly what this is supposed to cleanse or be good for, but I thought I’d give it a whirl tonight.

Steeped for 10 minutes because I lost track of time, but I don’t think that’s too much to worry ’bout with a tisane. When you open up the bag there is something “fluffy” and green looking about this tea and it smells very “herby”, I wonder if this is due to the nettles?

This is a very pleasant herbal blend, I think the rose and the sarsparilla adds a bit of sweetness. It is fairly mild and soothing, which is nice. Some herbal teas that promise cleansing benefits are a bit on the bitter side for yours truly but this is pretty nice, IMO. Not sure I would go out of my way to get this again but it’s quite pleasant.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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Backlog:

This chai makes a darned tasty latte! I like that it’s spicy even after I’ve added the milk, and the milk doesn’t drown out the spices.

A flavorful black tea base, and while the canister that I have of this tea doesn’t elaborate on the black tea base, I see that the description here states that it’s an Assam tea, and I suspected as much, given robust, malty character. A really good way to start off a chai, in my opinion! I find that I’m often disappointed with chai blends that use Ceylon rather than Assam … the bolder flavor of Assam really brings a chai to the next level for me.

It is a peppery blend with a hint of licorice, and a hint of nutty flavor from the nutmeg. The cardamom and cloves add a nice dimension to the cup.

A really enjoyable chai!

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Slight cocoa fragrance, faintly chocolatey flavor. It’s a great ingredient list but the flavor doesn’t live up to expectations. I would not describe this as having surprising depth and body, even after I added almond milk. I think this tea might be nice as a low-key flavoring element for a fuller bodied puerh.

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94

Finishing off the rest of my sample today, this is quite good; malty, rich and with a rich flavor of sweet potato pie. Similar to a golden monkey but a bit deeper in flavor. Would definitely get this one again.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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94

Yum!
I got this as a sample with my recent Jasmine Pearl order. I confess I let it steep for too long while I was goofing off reading some poetry by Ranier Maria Rilke: http://sanfrantea.teatra.de/2013/01/26/going-blind/

So my tea got really dark, I think I will wait to rate it until I’m paying more attention to what I am doing. I am definitely getting a sweet potato or squash type of flavor, along with the slight bitterness that Geoffrey mentioned in his tasting note. This is really good but I think I made it a touch too strong.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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88

Sipdown!
Finished this one off but am trying to resist buying any more. I need to put myself on a tea diet. :)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec
Terri HarpLady

You & me both!

Sil

Terri! We’re doing ok….we have resisted tazo! Baby steps!

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Tea of the morning here, I’ve been on somewhat of an assam kick lately I guess…

I was fortunate to find this is the bulk bin at the Local Whole Foods. I don’t know that I will get any more once it runs out because I have a few other assams to drink now! Still, this is very nice, mellow, almost creamy in flavor. Perfect with a touch of soymilk!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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Tea of the morning here, another one I got in the bulk section at Whole Foods yesterday.

I got a Teavana tea mug for Christmas from my brother and this is what it looks like, very pretty!
http://www.teavana.com/tea-products/tea-cups-mugs/infuser-mugs/p/okura-ume-blossom-infuser-tea-mug

As far as the tea is concerned, it’s a pretty nice Assam, hefty and enjoyable with a bit of soymilk. It definitely has a nice malty flavor, maybe with some caramel notes. I would consider getting more of this when the current supply is running low. For me Assams are a great breakfast tea! I think I’ll drink some more tea while I’m doing my chores today. :)

Meditation of the day from Dale Carnegie: “Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain but it takes character and self control to be understanding and forgiving.”

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

Ooo, beautiful mug!

CrowKettle

Oh, geez. Teavana has some beautiful tea products!

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This tea is a bit strange…
I love darjeelings but I’m not really sure this combo does a lot for me.

The blackberry reminds me of elderberry and seems slightly medicinal. I’m usually a fan of anise but in this combination it just seems weird. At least it’s supposed to be good for your stomach. Probably my least favorite of the teas I got from the Jasmine Pearl so far but I will drink it eventually. I felt it was much improved by the addition of some soymilk.

I think this would be really nice as an iced tea — I will have to try it that way someday. :D

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Tea of the morning here.

My general feeling on chocolate teas is that they leave a lot to be desired, especially if you are expecting them to taste like hot chocolate.

This is a nice blend of black tea, pu’erh, carob and chocolate. I believe there is some vanilla flavoring in here too. It’s mildly chocolate-y and has a bit of heft. I like the fact that they decided to put pu’erh in here which gives the tea a nice added dimension. I am not blown away by it, but I do like it. It’s nice with some vanilla soymilk added in. Probably would be more appropriate as an afternoon/dessert tea. I’ll certainly finish off the bag happily.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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Tea of the afternoon here; very vegetal with corn notes. The package says it’s green tea but this is most definitely an oolong. The leaves have unfurled quite nicely. See previous notes for more info. :)

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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