4 Tasting Notes
I love this jasmine. It’s definitely a sometimes tea for me, but it’s so great – I describe it to my friends as being like the tea you’ll get in a chinese restaurant, but 10 times better. The aroma is so wonderfully floral that you could smell it for ages, but when you drink it it’s smooth, balanced, and not overpowering at all. I really should drink it more often, but it’s a lovely treat whenever I remember to break it out.
This is one of my absolute favorite teas to make iced tea with. I use it to supplement good old Lipton or whatever I have handy, and it adds such a pleasant level of flavor with a slight citrus kick that’s just perfect for a cold glass on a hot summer day. I can’t vouch for the tea qua tea because I’ve literally never drunk it hot, but man, is it great iced!
So I have mixed feelings about Teavana – I like that they are bringing looseleaf tea to the masses, I hate the crazy hard sell and massive sales. That said, this is a fun concoction – it doesn’t taste much like tea, per se, but it’s fruity and I love hibiscus, so there you go. I often mix it with a white tea I like to up the actual tea quotient, and it blends nicely.
This is my go-to tea at my job – I drink it practically any day that I go to the gym before work and thus don’t have a chance to make a cup of coffee. I’m operating under less-than-stellar tea-making conditions there (just getting hot water from a water cooler), but this turns out consistently well for me – pleasantly slightly bitter, not too tannic, and overall pretty delicious. The fair trade, organic aspect (and the immensely reasonable price) are a welcome bonus.