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drank Jasmine Pearls by Flour + Tea
49 tasting notes

A gift from my wife, the dry tea is a bit on the darker side and has a milder pleasant Jasmine aroma, (which is my preference), not too strong or perfumey. To be honest, I didn’t expect much from this tea based on how it looked, but was pleasantly surprised by how drinkable it was. I used my 8 oz. Bird Pick dbl-wall glass tumbler to brew in, filling it with about 7 or 8 pearls and decanting into my 5 oz Finum dbl-wall glass.

The first 30 sec steep really brought out a lot of the jasmine and almost had a slight orangish/pink to it. Taste-wise it was unremarkable, but second, third and fourth steep is where this tea shined for me. After that first steep the color went rich and yellow and the taste was a nice balance between the tea and flower. Each steep thereafter I added more time, basically with a 5th or 6th steep where I just let the tea sit until I was good and ready. Even still it was quite drinkable.

Overall I was satisfied. Next time I’ll do a short wash, maybe that might resolve the things I didn’t care for with the first steep.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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Recovering coffee drinker. I prefer green tea varieties with a focus on high theanine content.

I generally make my teas using a 10 oz. double wall glass tumbler. Alternately I sometimes use a smaller 8 oz. glass tea infuser. More recently I’Ive fallen in love with a little 5 oz. double wall glass w/ filter kit from Finum. It’s kinda awesome. I prepare the occasional Black or Oolong teas mostly in a Yixing clay or porcelain teapot. I’ve been known to bust out the Gaiwan every now and then too. Basically whatever catches my fancy.

My usual tall glass brewing method: http://bit.ly/brewingmethod

My rating system:

I’ve never really felt compelled to include a rating guide here, but upon reflection I noticed something; I think I’ve subconsciously been rating teas like my papers were graded when I was a kid in school. Do with it what you will.

90-100 = A
80-89 = B
70-79 = C
60-69 = D
<59 = F(ail)

I can quit any time.

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