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I plan on cold steeping the rest of this, but I thought I should try it hot once to accurately assess the flavors and its performance as a jasmine green.

I would consider this to be a fairly middle-of-the-road jasmine green tea, even though they qualify it as “special grade.” The tea base is not very grassy and is actually super smooth and somewhat “thicker” feeling than most green teas I come across. It is moderately flavored with jasmine, being neither overwhelmingly perfumy nor very faint. Actually in the body of the sip itself the jasmine is rather faint, and I mostly taste buttery green tea, but it is certainly present in the aroma and it shows up in the aftertaste as well.

This tea is tasty but there is not really anything exceptional about it. I guess I would put it at a notch above the jasmine green you might get at a restaurant based on the quality of the base tea, but the jasmine itself lacks nuance. You can get amazing jasmine greens at a good price right from China (Teavivre), so why bother with a middle man?

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185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I am tea obsessed, with the stash to match. I tend to really enjoy green oolongs, Chinese blacks, and flavored teas with high quality bases, especially florals, bergamot-based teas, and chocolate teas.

In my free time I am a birder, baker, and music/movie/tv addict.

Here are my rating categories, FYI:
100-90: Mind-blowingly good, just right for my palate, and teas that just take me to a happy place.
89-85: I really really like these teas and will keep most of them in the permanent collection, but they’re not quite as spectacular as the top category
84-80: Pretty tasty teas that I enjoy well enough, but definitely won’t rebuy when I run out.
79-70: Teas that I would probably drink again, but only if there were no preferrable options.
69-50: Teas that I don’t really enjoy all that much and wouldn’t drink another cup of.
49 and below: Mega yuck. This tea is just disgusting to me.
Unrated: Usually I feel unqualified to rate these teas because they are types of teas that I tend to not like in general. Sometimes user error or tea brewed under poor conditions.

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