I love jasmine, but one sachet wasn’t strong enough for me. Would be terrific for anyone who enjoys a more mild-medium jasmine flavored green tea.
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This is a masterpiece from Fuan, China. Beautiful little hand rolled pearls are gently infused with the floral essences from Jasmine flowers. The tea is a delight to look at and its brew also delivers. The light colored brew is full of floral and sweet aromas. Always a delight.
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I LOVE THIS TEA. It is by far my favorite jasmine tea. I bought it in the loose leaf form (without the bag but still in bullets) and I find that if you plunk about 5 bullets in a single cup you get the perfect amount of flavor. This jasmine is a lot sweeter than the others I have tried. I really like that because I find that usually when I drink a cup of jasmine, my taste buds get kinda bland by the time I’m two thirds of the way through the cup, but that little extra sweetness prevents that from happening. All in all I’ll always be happy with this tea
I have to start by mentioning this is my very first taste of Jasmine Tea, and to make it even more exciting it was a free sample delivered right as I happened to be outside cutting long tendrils of blooming Jasmine to scent the house :D
I thought it best to put it aside for a bit as my head was already intoxicated with the fragrance, so I finished up what I was doing then did some more tasks in another room for an hour or so .. Finally I went online and figure out how long & at what temp I was going to brew it as there was no recommendation written on the sachet wrapping ?!
Steep #1 (80°C – 3min 30sec)
Steep #2 (80°C – 5min)
My first impressions when unwrapping the sachet were ‘WOW it’s really Jasmine!’ , I seriously didn’t expect it to smell so strong – but no complaints as it’s my favourite floral aroma .. I chopped the silken bag open to set them free during infusion, oh and I weighed them too (3g / 21 pearls) .. Poured on the water and what a wonderful sight, and smell! I absolutely loved watching them ‘come alive’ :P
Now I’m currently sipping the dregs of my second cup so these are the notes I wrote earlier: very floral scent & taste .. I don’t usually enjoy greens but am emptying the cup pretty darn quick, and looking forward to a second steep .. Taste reminds me of Summer and swimming pools – in fact it reminds me of getting a mouthful (small splash) of pool water – but NOT in the gross way as this no-doubt sounds! Really clean, sun warmed pool water – lets call it sprinkler water perhaps ..
It’s Summer in the Garden in a Cup!
Second steep: To be honest I can’t tell much difference in taste, colour, or aroma .. it’s really nice! Only thing I have to add to the above is that I don’t enjoy it so much as it cools off, so no chilling of this for me .. When it’s cool I’m finding it a bit pucker-some on the tongue and roof of my mouth, and a bit ‘too’ floral ..
I’m going to wait for a bit and try steep #3
I wouldn’t have ordered this tea for myself, but it was in my Harney sachet sampler pack so I thought I would give it a try. When I think of jasmine, I think of flowers. I know it is very common, but flowery tea does not sound enticing to me in any way. I like bold, black teas, and fruity teas, and green teas, and mint teas, but I have never thought to myself, “This tea needs more flowers.”
Setting those thoughts aside, I brewed up a cup at the parameters suggested by several other Steepsterites. The dry sachet had a strong scent for having only eight or nine tea pearls inside, but after a three minute soak, the sachet was completely filled with unfurled leaves. The tea smelled floral, but not overwhelmingly so, and was a pale yellow color. After waiting for it to cool off a bit, I took my first few sips. The green tea taste is there, with a very light body and a bit of a salty aftertaste. The jasmine is actually very manageable. Not too strong or overwhelming, but an interesting addition to the green tea flavor. I am the first person to mention when a tea tastes like soap, and though this clearly has the potential to taste that way, when brewed correctly it does not. To me, it smells much more floral than it tastes.
This is a very calming cup of tea. While it hasn’t made me immediately crave more jasmine tea, it is good to know that if I come across more, it’s a tea I can actually enjoy.
First jasmine tea (a lot of firsts in the past week), the aroma of this tea-at every stage-was strong and very familiar. As a resident of the south (U.S), I get this scent quite frequently, but until a few minutes ago I had no idea what the source was. The flavor of this tea (even before my default addition of 2 splenda packets) was sweet and almost overwhelmingly floral. This is one of the few teas I’ve had where the aroma of the dry leaves transfers directly to the actual flavor of the tea.
After trying this, I can tell that floral teas probably won’t be a staple in my cupboard, but I think “floral tea drinkers” will really like this one. So, the rating is more a reflection of the quality of the tea, not my personal taste.