When I was trying to pick my teas from Ovation on my last order, I was thinking about getting the Jasmine Citrus Blossom blend that has gotten really good reviews here on Steepster because I do love jasmine and citrus. When I was looking at all the blends, though, I came across this one, which is very similar to the Jasmine Citrus Blossom except it has white tea instead of green (still has the jasmine pearls, though), and bergamot instead of tangerine. I like to have a green or white Earl Grey around, and I’m actually just about out of the one I had before, so I’m excited about this one, especially with the addition of jasmine.
The dry leaf is a mix of long, fuzzy, twisted leaves, larger flatter leaves, and nice little jasmine pearls. It smells like citrusy bergamot approaching lemony with an underlying sweetness… kind of like a really tart, fresh lemonade. I think the jasmine is contributing to that sweetish scent but it’s hard to pick out on it’s own. Steeped, the tea does remind me of some of the other green/white Earls I’ve had… bergamot just interacts in a certain way with green tea aroma and has a particular aroma. There’s also that darker, sweeter aroma that I think is the jasmine but can’t really pinpoint as such. I’m definitely really enjoying the flavors in this. It’s like a white Earl Grey, but with a little something extra that just make it that much more awesome. I’m not sure what’s causing it (perhaps the jasmine pearls) but there’s a great light sweetness at the end of the sip. It’s bright, sharp, citrusy bergamot that mellows into a warmer floral, sweet jasmine. That sweetness is such a fantastic addition to the white Earl Grey, it’s like sipping candy. Or rather, it gives you the sensation after you drink it that you have eaten candy, even though the sip itself isn’t actually sweet, but rather there’s the feeling and aftertaste of sweet. If that makes any sense. Anyway, this blend is awesome and I’m really glad I got it!