The owner of Britannia Teas warned me I would not be able to ‘go back’ to other (and less expensive) jasmine teas once I tried the Jasmine Dragon Tears. She was right. Not perfumey, not bitter, but certainly not weak … and the jasmine ‘hit’ lasts and lasts. Demand may increase the price of these hand-rolled tears, but I don’t care.
9 tears for 235mL water @82C, first infusion at 3 minutes. Drunk bare.
So clean. The liquor is almost that of a white tea. Jasmine, jasmine, jasmine. No bitterness, no perfume, no soap. Just jasmine tea perfection.
1.5 tsp for 300mL water @ approx 82C, steeped 3 minutes first infusion, four minutes second infusion.
The jasmine seduces me. Potent but not perfumey. Never soapy. Just gorgeous.
1 rounded tsp of leaves for 250mL water, bare.
The best jasmine tea I’ve ever had. I try not to hoard this one, and I do drink others for variety — and to remind myself of just how good these pearls are. Balanced, nuanced, clean and almost intoxicating. No bitterness, no bad flower taste, no sharp leaf. Magic potions must all start with jasmine.