Revisiting this tea on a rainy morning that sees my son home from preschool with a bit of the sniffles and feeling under the weather. To help combat that, I made us a smoothie this morning consisting of plain greek yogurt, almond milk, a banana, Amish jarred peaches, frozen blueberries, turmeric, and ginger with a squirt of honey. It was really good.
And to combat the rainy day, I have made a cup of one of my favorite styles of tea, Jasmine Pearls. There is something about good jasmine tea that just… gets me.
Gongfu style, first brew of 20 seconds. Yup. I remember why I love this so much. Thick and creamy mouthfeel. Delicious jasmine tea and flavor that is not overpowering or too weak. No bitterness. Wow, I nailed this first steep, if I do say so myself.
Second steep, 15 seconds. Pulled it back by about 5 seconds due to the leaves opening up. Scent is still nicely balanced. No bitterness in the liquid. I do think, however, that I could have let this go to 20 seconds and have gotten a flavor similar to the first steep. The flavor is still nice here, just not quite as thick or sweet. Still above average in flavor in scent, though.
3rd steep, 30 seconds. Scent is as strong as ever. The strength has come back a bit for this steep. A few seconds longer and I could see this turning a little bitter. But as it is, still very smooth and drinkable.
4th steep, 40 seconds. The scent still has such a creamy, sweet, jasmine scent. I love it. The flavor is still very nice and similar to the scent. I was actually expecting this steep to start the decline for this tea but not so. I would still drink this steep every time.
5th steep, 1 min. This tea has great longevity and consistency for its style.
6th steep, 90 seconds. Went to take a shower. Came back to this tea and now I am seeing the flavor start to fade which is fine. I feel I got more than I bargained for anyway.
I’m glad I revisited this tea (and that I have plenty left). It is a great option for a Jasmine Pearl and probably one of Adiagio’s best offerings that I have had.
Flavors: Creamy, Floral, Jasmine, Sweet