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The Jasmine Pearl Tea Merchants

Recent Tasting Notes

86

Tea of the morning here and it’s a sipdown… Black yunnans never disappoint me and this has been an enjoyable tea, one I would not hesitate to buy again if I place another order with the Jasmine Pearl. Nice and malty this morning and I do get the peppery kick today.

See previous notes if interested.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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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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90

hmm, I’ll be glad when I can do yoga again as part of my workout routine.. might be a while before I’m up for the downward dog however. This is such a nice herbal blend anyway. It’s very much like a chai but has a bit of an herby element — maybe from the nettles? I like the honeybush in here and the cinnamon. Overall really a nice blend! This and the Bombay Breakfast are my favorites from TJP.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Indigobloom

Oh no!! What happened that you can’t do yoga? I hope it isn’t serious :(

TeaBrat

I broke my arm and it’s pretty serious but I should recover :)

Anna

Aw, was it a complicated break? That can suck. I hope you have a speedy recovery!

TeaBrat

Anna, it was a pretty bad break but thankfully the Dr. did not recommend surgery. Thankfully there were not a lot of fragments. hopefully I never need the surgery!

Indigobloom

Wow that sounds super painful. Lucky you don’t need surgery! Hope it gets better asap!

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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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73

Backlog:

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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90

This is a sipdown for me… however I might be getting more if they still have it at the bulk department in Whole Foods. I really like the cardamom in this blend.

Terri HarpLady

I don’t think they carry this one at my local whole foods

TeaBrat

maybe it’s because Portland is closer to us? could be a local thing.

Terri HarpLady

I’ll have to look next time I shop

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90

My sweetheart and I both enjoyed this for breakfast today, it’s kind of a romantic brew anyway. I’m not too wild on straight rose teas but I love the addition of cardamom here. This is definitely going to become a part of my permanent collection!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
TheTeaFairy

Sounds lovely, I really dig cardamom, it’s so fragrant!

Terri HarpLady

This one really does sound interesting!

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90

Tea of the morning here!
You wouldn’t think that roses and cardamom would make a good breakfast tea but it really works here. I love this blend with soymilk and just a touch of sweetener. This is a good start to the rest of my day, which will involve yoga class and a concert of Indian classical music. :)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Terri HarpLady

hmmmmm, that sounds like an interesting one. I love the name :)

TeaBrat

It is really good! I also like the yoga blend from Jasmine Pearl

Terri HarpLady

I’ll have to visit their page…when I’m allowed to buy tea again, that is, LOL :)

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90

Another sipdown… I am all out of this but I really like it so it will probably be back in stock someday. :)

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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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90

Backlogging – last night we we hanging out at an ashram listening to this guy, Laraaji play the zither and practicing laughter yoga.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lzt44XYoyJY

(yes, I am weird, so what, lol) So it seemed like this was an appropriate tisane to have in the evening time. This is really good with a touch of coconut sugar to just sweeten it up a bit. Takes the chill out of the fog here and the cardamom/ginger blend is good for digestion.

ashmanra

My Irish friend had to go to a laughter yoga session at work. She said she felt very self-conscious about it at first, but really enjoyed it once she let herself go and it really did help with stress.

TeaBrat

It was fun!

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90

Tea of the afternoon here, post yoga! It’s been so warm here for the lat few days but today is foggy and cold and this tea is nice and soothing for that. I should be doing my homework for art class but here I am procrastinating on Steepster… oh well

this is a nice herbal blend which is good for anytime, see previous notes for more details

Preparation
Boiling 5 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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86

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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88

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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86

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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90

Tea of the morning here. Sometimes I forget that I have this but it’s such a satisfying brew. I tend to like roses in tea but the cardamom is also a lovely touch here. Goes really well with this lovely music by Jai Uttal I was listening to last night:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsEhuWENkN0

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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65

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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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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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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