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I see Jasmine Green Tea as one of those staples that everyone needs to have in their cupboard at all times, maybe because I’m used to drinking it with dinner. This one is just lovely. The dry leaf is both dark green and white, with long twisted leaves. I’m fairly certain I see flower petals in there as well.

I was halfway through typing the previous two sentences when I decided to look at the dry leaf again to make sure the description was accurate, and promptly dropped my canister and spilled the tea all over my carpet! Since I don’t remember the last time I vacuumed, I figured I probably shouldn’t scoop it up and use it anyway. Sigh. Luckily, some of the leaves managed to stay inside my canister, so at least I’ve got those.

Anyway. The leaf has a very strong smell of jasmine — almost too strong, actually. I guarantee that if I came across a hand lotion that smelled like this, I would chuck it out the window.

The taste, however, is perfect. Very mellow chinese green that tastes almost creamy balanced with sweetness from the jasmine. And when I say sweet, I mean it. It tastes like I stirred sugar in here, but without the stickiness you get from adding sugar. Simple enough to have with meals, but wonderful as an afternoon drink as well.

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A friend once asked me, if I could have anything in the world, what would I want? I immediately answered, “Superpowers, specifically superspeed like the Flash.” He said that didn’t count because it wasn’t real, so my second choice was a cupboard full of every flavor of tea in existence. He promptly told me that that was a waste of a wish and said he would ask for the world’s biggest yacht.

But the more I think about it, the more I’m sure that I made the better choice. Slowly saving up money for higher quality teas is helping to convince me. Off I go to taste as many teas as I possibly can (and maybe dream about superpowers along the way).

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