Light, fragrant, hard to decide whether to enjoy the aroma or the taste…ok, both. Every sip reminds me of my favorite Vietnamese establishment and the frequent pairing with bun. I am getting hungry as a matter of fact!
“My dad drinks this tea and while I’m here I thought I would try a cup to go with my spicy rice lunch. I honestly don’t think its too bad. A little astringent and not as strongly jasmine...” Read full tasting note
“Bagged Aroma when Dry: dusty, floral, jasmine perfumy After water is first poured: floral jasmine At end of steep: astringent floral Tea liquor: At end of steep: mossy green Staple? Type yes,...” Read full tasting note
“Bagged version. Easy to throw in a cup, and fine for grabbing quickly, it tastes decent enough. Not the best, and not the worst I’ve had.” Read full tasting note
“Nothing as a nice jasmine tea for the evening, of course is not the best one neither the most expensive, but is just the right tea to drink in evening as right now. Its one of thoose “daily...” Read full tasting note
The result is a mild and refreshing tea with an alluring aroma.
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Tried this at work since I saw the box in the cupboard. I boiled the water, let it cool off for longer than needed (I was busy at the desk- I probably let it cool for 30 min until it was more warm than hot), then steeped for about 1 min. When I got to drink it it was warm, not hot. But, it was not bitter at all and there was a good amount of jasmine flavour that came through. For a bagged tea, I was overall impressed. I do wonder, though, how this tea would hold up even under 160 degree F water, which is the lowest setting on my variable temp kettle (as in, would it get bitter fast due to it just being fannings?). Perhaps I should sneak a bag home and give it a try..
I took some teabags of this to work with me today for my first full day(!) as I noticed last week when I started that a lot of people kept teabags in their desks and I didn’t really want to be the weird new girl that brings in loose leaf tea right away… But I did hear people discussing different types of tea today, so I might ease into it! Lol.
Just to clue you guys in, as part of my course I am doing a work placement module. It was meant to be done in second year, but I didn’t find anything so am trailing it in final year. A lot of the reason I didn’t find anything is because I was so stubborn – I was adamant that I wanted one at a publishers, as that’s what I want to do and what good is it going to do me wasting 180 hours (the required minimum) doing something which is irrelevant when I could be studying? I was told several times to just get one at a library, or a charity shop, but I held out on the hopes of a publishing offer, which in the end didn’t come through. A lot of the major publishing houses won’t take anyone on for longer than a week, which means I would have had to find six separate placements. I was so frustrated with getting nowhere and worried about failing my degree than I almost caved and just worked in a library. I was about to send off that application when I got an acceptance email from the first placement I applied to this year – and the only publishers! The one I wanted the most!! So it’s more ‘experience’ than ‘job’ since I get graded instead of paid, but it’s a foot in the door and I’m super excited :D it’s amazing and scary being able to say that I’m going to work. I’m starting to feel like an adult, which I love, but it’s also making me wistful for childhood. So yeah, I started last week (I only do Wednesdays – my only free day) but only for 3 hours and mainly a sort of induction, whereas today I did the whole 9:30-5:30, getting up at 5:30 and reading on the commute (an hour each way). I was exhausted by the time I got back tonight after 7pm, having been gone for 12 hours, and I imagine it must get tedious when you get used to it, but for now I am loving it.
I made sure I was well-stocked tea wise, with a few bags of this in a zip-loc pouch, a graze box cake with an included afternoon teabag, and a travel mug of Butiki’s Killer’s Vanilla. I chose to review this as I was far too tired to pay enough attention when I was drinking KV this morning. I drank this while working, which (don’t laugh) I found amazing. The only “proper” work experience I’ve done before is in primary teaching, so you definitely can’t sip tea while you work there! Such a small thing felt like an amazing privilege. There weren’t any teaspoons so this oversteeped – I waited until it was cool enough to take the bag out with my fingertips. As a result, it was quite bitter and very astringent at the end. There was a sort of greasy sheen on the side of my mug from the top of the tea, and it moved when my tea sloshed around. This was disturbing, but I attributed it to the fact that the water from the kettle had been boiled a lot, came straight from the taps of hard-water Yorkshire, and that I was using the same mug I’d taken KV in earlier that day. The jasmine was a bit more muted than I’m used to, which allows the green tea to shine. I would have preferred a stronger jasmine flavour. And less of the green tea, but that’s just personal taste.
Disclaimer: I may be viewing this tea through rose-tinted glasses, since I was just super happy to have any tea at all.
I’m mostly unmoved by this tea. For bagged tea, it’s perfectly pleasant. However, I don’t get much jasmine; it just tastes like a vaguely floral green. This is preferable to an overdone, bitter, perfumey jasmine, though, I guess. Also, this tea feels very dry on my mouth, but I don’t get bitter astringency from this tea. Overall, adequate.