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Okay, so I may have steeped this one a little too short (or so said my husband), but I am always horridly afraid of oversteeping green tea, because all it takes is a few seconds for green teas to turn from perfect to omgbitternastywhatdidIjustputinmymouth.

Sue me. I planned to resteep anyway. xP

Leaf (or in this case, pearl) description: A good size, rolled a little more loosely than I’ve seen in the past. Good distribution of the jasmine leaves and the silver tips throughout all of the pearls, as far as I can tell. Very pleasant smell!
Brew description: After steeping (see time below), the liquor was a pale spring green color, with a hint of butter color, which became more like an amber near the bottom of the pot. I didn’t stir like my husband and I usually do—I wanted to see what would happen.

No sweeteners were added or necessary.

First steep: WOW! This was so much different than most other green teas I have ever tried. The first sip put me in this extremely (pardon the expression, there’s really no better word for it) zen kind of mood, vigorously awake and yet calm as still water. It was almost as if I’d been put under a spell. The jasmine is so delicious, not bitter at all, and the ‘green tea’ flavor was simply sublime!

My review on the second steep will have to wait until next post; I haven’t had the time yet, but I will definitely make the time! I will have to consider this one for my favorite jasmine tea of all time. (Teavana’s Thousand Mountain Jasmine, which I’m not entirely sure if they stole from one of those companies they absorbed, is my current favorite, but we’ll see.)

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 15 sec
Aiko

I do love that “zen” feeling you get from certain teas. Jasmine especially seems to do that for me.

Have you tried Adagio’s jasmine pearls (the reasonably priced ones, not the super-expensive “masters” ones)? Those were my first intro to jasmine pearls and I’ve been thinking of looking into others.. just wondered if you knew how they compared :>

teataku

I haven’t tried them, sadly. I’m actually an Adagio virgin. waits for the gasps of shock and horror

Dylan Oxford

Heh, I was going to ask you how they compared to Teavana’s pearls :). It’s starting to sound like a jewelry shop in here!

teataku

Teavana’s are more tightly woven, I find, and they’re probably good for a few more steeps, but the flavor of these is much richer. More jasmine, but not bitter or plant-y at all. The green tea is very buttery. I haven’t had Teavana’s pearls in a while, so my memory may not be doing them justice. xD

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Aiko

I do love that “zen” feeling you get from certain teas. Jasmine especially seems to do that for me.

Have you tried Adagio’s jasmine pearls (the reasonably priced ones, not the super-expensive “masters” ones)? Those were my first intro to jasmine pearls and I’ve been thinking of looking into others.. just wondered if you knew how they compared :>

teataku

I haven’t tried them, sadly. I’m actually an Adagio virgin. waits for the gasps of shock and horror

Dylan Oxford

Heh, I was going to ask you how they compared to Teavana’s pearls :). It’s starting to sound like a jewelry shop in here!

teataku

Teavana’s are more tightly woven, I find, and they’re probably good for a few more steeps, but the flavor of these is much richer. More jasmine, but not bitter or plant-y at all. The green tea is very buttery. I haven’t had Teavana’s pearls in a while, so my memory may not be doing them justice. xD

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I very clearly remember my first experience with tea. It was in a Target near my house, and my best friend handed me a cup of chai from the Starbucks inside the store and said, “Try this.” I believe I was about 12 at the time, and from then on, I was completely hooked.

Anyway, as my increasingly weirded out family will tell you, my obsession with tea has (almost) steadily escalated since then. I discovered the world of tea slowly, first with just chai, and then with bagged teas I could get from supermarkets and specialty stores, and then with loose leaf teas. I mostly shop for tea at Teavana, but I also patronize other local shops that I’ve discovered within the last couple of years. I’ve ordered a smattering of teas from a few online places, but I’m always leery of buying tea online, since most of how I select teas in person is by smell… unless I’m at The English Tea Room.

My favorite types of tea are blacks and flavored blacks. And oolongs. Right underneath that are rooiboses and whites, and then greens and herbals, and then mates. I’m always looking for a new favorite (I get on tea kicks, which are various lengths of time in which I’ll drink one or two teas religiously, and then I’ll switch), but I appreciate rediscovering old favorites. I like to blend teas, but I never store them that way, mostly because I like to leave myself options.

I prefer nutty/sweet/rich teas to fruity/light-flavored teas or bold/full-bodied teas, but I do try to drink some of everything to widen my palate. I’m always willing to try any tea at least once (except this one tea that Teavana mercifully discontinued… the loose leaf smelled like cheese, I swear). I do perhaps rate teas a little leniently… because I’m not very picky. I will try a tea at least three times before I pronounce that I hate it, and I will always focus on the good aspects of a tea rather than the bad. That’s just how I roll. :3

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