I got this w/ the Theo chocolates I won in the Rishi FB contest a while ago so I decided to have this after lunch.
The aroma of the dry pearls is so strong I can taste it- but I’ve learned not to be scared off by that when it comes to jasmine teas- especially pearls.
Prepared as suggested: 1TB (66 pearls or 8.83g!- My tea/water ratio isn’t that strong for even my pu erh!)/8oz water- 6oz is my normal size for a cuppa, but measuring 2/3 of a TB is a pain- now I know to use 44 pearls for a 6oz cup.
The liquor is much darker than when I had it at the cafe… as in there is one lol! It’s a lovely and translucent golden color. The aroma is obviously stronger as well. A good amount of jasmine, but also a solid green tea aroma that prevents it from smelling like perfume.
The flavor is much like the liquor- quite jasminey, but not sickeningly so. The green tea is in the back ground, but serves as a great base for this tea. Steeping it this way almost makes the jasmine seem less pronounced because the green tea is more present. The iced version tasted how that looked as well- like iced jasmine water.
Ok, I said I’d post a tasting note, so here it goes!
I love jasmine teas… but when it comes to pearls I like them cool, light, and short. Light on leaf, cool water, and short steeping times.
1 tsp/140 degree water (8oz)/10 sec.
The result is an extremely light liquored cuppa that still has lots of floral flavor, a light tea base, and is not only smooth and crisp- but also thirst quenching! I personally do not find hot beverages thirst quenching and probably could count the times I’ve thought that on one hand if this isn’t the 1st. The only bad thing I can say about this tea is that you get so many infusions you’re likely to waste them because you want to move on to another tea.
If you haven’t caved on Rishi’s sale today, you should.
2nd infusion… due to the short steeping, no need to increase the steeping time.
a 3rd infusion w/ probably the most amazing panini ever. Chicken patty, breaded eggplant, tomato slice, 1 leaf of basil, Drunken Goat cheese (both sides of the bread), fat free miracle whip on one side of the bread, and Ken’s Northern Italian Salad Dressing on the other bread (French bread). YUM!
2TB/16oz water. Cold w/ lunch.