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?