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I was at a loss. I wanted to try this tea really badly, but I also had to go to class. And then I remembered that I had that travel tumbler from Teas Etc. that Steepster Select ran a while ago.

Crisis aborted.

Class actually wasn’t bad, but I was going in sleepy and I credit this tea to keeping me fully awake for three hours of lecture. This is going to have to become a regular practice of mine.

So, the tea.

The tea kapowed me in the face with scent when I opened the tin. I almost half-expected to see a little cartoon splat with WAP! in it. It was almost stronger than Samovar or Harney & Son’s Jasmine Pearl teas smell, which is kind of impressive if slightly overwhelming. I was a little bit afraid that the tea would judo chop my taste buds, but I steeped it, dumped it into my travel tumbler, and headed out into the cold.

And so I sat in class, listening about the physics of acoustics, and I unscrewed the lid on my tumbler.

Smells good. Strong, but good. It didn’t have that artificial tinge that some jasmines can have, which was a very good sign. Good good good good good.

Took a sip, tentatively. It was in that lovely temperature between hot and lukewarm that tips just a little bit closer to hot. The taste of jasmine filled my senses and, after it had been downed, that lovely perfumed sweetness tickled my breath when I exhaled. I had to suppress a little giggle and concentrate on standing waves for a bit, before returning to the tea.

I managed to time finishing the tumbler with our break in lecture [for which my bladder thanked me] and found myself wishing I had more to sip on during the rest of the lecture. It probably ended up working out well, though, because the caffeine kept me awake and I would have been wired if I’d had enough to last me through the end of class.

Jasmine Green wasn’t pretty strictly jasmine tasting, and it was not a quiet, lullaby-like taste. It was more Whitney Houston power ballad – you know, old school Whitney. I Will Always Love You Whitney. This doesn’t have some of the other notes I’ve gotten out of jasmine tea – like the cocoa notes I sometimes get in Samovar’s; it’s really a solo act. But like Kevin Gillespie in Top Chef has proven – keeping things simple and doing them well can be pretty damn effective. And this tea plays that hand with skill.

Series three has hit the ground running.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Ricky

Ohhhh sounds like a winner. Series 3 is tempting… aside from the Caravan…. and the Earl Grey, but the EG might be good. I guess I’ll just have to wait for your reviews =D

wombatgirl

BTW – I should mention – I ended up buying both Series 2 and 3 because of your Jackee Muntz posting. :) I am hoping to see lots of positive reviews from you on their stuff. (Since I’ll be trying it all soon too!)

takgoti

@Ricky The EG is good, I tried it a couple of days ago and enjoyed it. Will be logging soon, I think.

@wombatgirl Aw yay! I hope you like them!

Laura

1) Hm, I’ll have to try more jasmine.
(The one I have reminds me of old ladies.)
2) You have a 3 hour physics class?? omg. I’m so sorry.
3) I’m pretty excited over your shout out to Kevin :) I don’t know who I like
more – him or his beard.

Jillian

I’m with Laura – 3 hrs of physics is nasty! Let me put it this way, I enjoyed the week or so we spend on Quantum and nuclear physics at the end of first year, but having slogged through two semesters’-worth of Newtonian physics pretty much put me off any more at that point.

takgoti

1) I highly recommend any of the ones I mentioned in the above post, though they all smell pretty strong. I don’t have the crutch of associating jasmine with old ladies, so unfortunately I can’t assess if any of them have a chance of shedding that connection for you.
2) Haha, well the professor I have this semester is a really good lecturer, so I’m hoping it will be relatively painless! Last semester involved a lot of staring at the wall.
3) Kevin was my favorite! And his beard does indeed deserve its own facebook page! Though, I have friends who’ve talked to Brian and say he’s really nice.

teaplz

FIRE BEARD! I’m sad that he didn’t win TC.

And this one sounds very pretty-like.

TeaEqualsBliss

Hi there! It seems I keep losing you on my feeds! Sorry! Always love your reviews…just wanted to swing by and say HI! Hope you are well!

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

Yay → DFT and Kevin all in one post!

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Ricky

Ohhhh sounds like a winner. Series 3 is tempting… aside from the Caravan…. and the Earl Grey, but the EG might be good. I guess I’ll just have to wait for your reviews =D

wombatgirl

BTW – I should mention – I ended up buying both Series 2 and 3 because of your Jackee Muntz posting. :) I am hoping to see lots of positive reviews from you on their stuff. (Since I’ll be trying it all soon too!)

takgoti

@Ricky The EG is good, I tried it a couple of days ago and enjoyed it. Will be logging soon, I think.

@wombatgirl Aw yay! I hope you like them!

Laura

1) Hm, I’ll have to try more jasmine.
(The one I have reminds me of old ladies.)
2) You have a 3 hour physics class?? omg. I’m so sorry.
3) I’m pretty excited over your shout out to Kevin :) I don’t know who I like
more – him or his beard.

Jillian

I’m with Laura – 3 hrs of physics is nasty! Let me put it this way, I enjoyed the week or so we spend on Quantum and nuclear physics at the end of first year, but having slogged through two semesters’-worth of Newtonian physics pretty much put me off any more at that point.

takgoti

1) I highly recommend any of the ones I mentioned in the above post, though they all smell pretty strong. I don’t have the crutch of associating jasmine with old ladies, so unfortunately I can’t assess if any of them have a chance of shedding that connection for you.
2) Haha, well the professor I have this semester is a really good lecturer, so I’m hoping it will be relatively painless! Last semester involved a lot of staring at the wall.
3) Kevin was my favorite! And his beard does indeed deserve its own facebook page! Though, I have friends who’ve talked to Brian and say he’s really nice.

teaplz

FIRE BEARD! I’m sad that he didn’t win TC.

And this one sounds very pretty-like.

TeaEqualsBliss

Hi there! It seems I keep losing you on my feeds! Sorry! Always love your reviews…just wanted to swing by and say HI! Hope you are well!

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

Yay → DFT and Kevin all in one post!

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