Last tea of the night; jasmine makes for such a nice end of the night/before bed tea.
Black tea isn’t my ideal base for jasmine teas (white is definitely my favourite) but it’s not my least favourite either, and this is actually a pretty unique offering from DAVIDsTEA. I’ve certainly seen far fewer black pearls teas from other vendors than any of the other jasmine teas we carry. I’m not really sure why I never got around to drinking this one; it’s always interested me.
My Nordic mug used five of the pearls; six grams in total. I Western steeped it, but I’d be curious to revisit it again Gong Fu style just to compare. This was pretty nice though; I liked the degree of jasmine flavour contrasted against the rich, decadent black base. The base was malty with cocoa notes and then the sweetness of the floral jasmine was a lovely juxtaposition. I liked it for the same reasons I like Tealux’s Dragon Lychee Pearls. The two have a lot of similarities. Word to the wise though; this was much better when it was hot; the last third of the mug was a bit below room temp when I got to it and at that point it did start to get astringent.
I definitely foresee myself trying this a few different ways in the future.
Friendly reminder that I’m not currently numerically rating teas from DAVIDsTEA as I am seasonally employed there and it would be an obvious conflict of interest.