Ah, this tea is so wonderful. I know I love it, but when I’ve gone a while without drinking it I sometimes second-guess my love. One must understand how terribly I thought I hated jasmine for years of my tea-drinking life. It smelled like perfume and tasted like soap, and I could not figure out why it continued to be put in tea. This is why!
Since encountering higher-quality tea, I have found a few jasmines I like. But this one takes the cake. It’s light and delicate but sweet and indulgent. It makes me feel like I am sitting in a park surrounded by spring blossoms and a light breeze. That sounds over-the-top girly, but even the boyfriend enjoyed this last night. I selected it to accompany our bowl of blackberries and evening of watching the Tudors. It was a nice way to unwind after what feels like an altogether unreasonable amount of schoolwork, and the tea was nice with the berries.
I’m also pretty shocked at how economical this tea is, for how expensive it seems. I used 5 or 6 pearls per 12 oz of water. I didn’t have time to steep them again, but I’m pretty sure the pearls would be lovely for another infusion or two. They are perfect to grab when you realize you have forgotten to pack tea and will be travelling, as you don’t even need a strainer! I love that DT sent this as a prize for the Twitter contest. In fact, it’s slow at work and I think I’m going to go make some more now!