I opened my parcel, and BAM sweet wonderful floral scent. “That’s probably the Jasmine Pearls” I thought to myself, already excited to try it.

This is my first ever Jasmine Pearls tea, and I’m very excited. When nearly everyone on Steepster adds swoon after the words ‘Jasmine Pearls’ you know you have to try it. :) I had no idea where to begin, but as soon as I notice that Butiki had it, I knew I could safely try it and be assured that if I didn’t like Stacy’s, then it’s not the tea for me.

Anyway, it’s incredible. This tea assaults your senses in the most perfect way, and somehow manages to be incredibly delicate about it. As you drink it, the scent fills you, and you taste exactly what you smell on your tongue at the same time. I’ve never had a tea that just FILLS your nose as much as this one does while drinking.

It’s absolutely wonderful. I feel like I’m sitting in a field of flowers that stretches out as far as the eye can see in every direction. I’m drinking the flowers, and as I taste them, the perfumy sweet smell is all around me.

Back to reality, the little pearls unfurled into really beautiful long leaves. If I had more of this, I’d be tempted to just sit and watch it for the full four minutes to watch the transformation.

My only regret is that I simply ordered this as a sample and didn’t buy more right away. This is on the shopping list, and soon hopefully in my cupboard.

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Hello! I’m a 24 year old Canadian, currently working at Starbucks while I figure out what I want to do with myself in life, haha.

Like most everyone else, I grew up with teabags, and then discovered the grass really WAS greener on the other side with loose leaf. Nowadays I drink nearly exclusively loose, but will drink a bagged tea if I don’t care what I’m having.

My favorite kind of tea is black, and unflavored, although I do enjoy an occasional dessert black. I like whites second best. I’ve recently been dipping my toes into honeybush tisanes, greens and oolongs.

My favorite vendors are Butiki Teas and Verdant Teas. Both have fantastic teas, above and beyond customer service (especially Butiki), and fair prices for their very high quality teas. I can’t recommend them enough.

Purely for tasting notes references, I don’t use any additives for my teas. Older tasting notes for blacks was with milk+sugar, and then with just milk. Whites, oolongs, greens and herbals are all drunk straight unless otherwise specified in the notes.



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