Tea sample provided by Teavivre for review

I decided to drink this today since I already tried the other jasmine green tea. Anyway, looking and sniffing inside the pouch my expectations are met. I think the aroma from the other tea was a bit more enticing, but maybe I’m just having a jasmine overload. ;)

The pearls did not unfurl on the first steep, but nevertheless it was an enjoyable peek at what the leaves were capable of. Delicate green tea, light jasmine flavour, a bit of spice, and an overall smooth experience.

On the second steep, they unfurled a bit more. The green tea has a nice flavour, not bitter and still delicate.

Third and fourth steeps brought more of the same flavour, with the addition of a menthol/mint feeling.

Fifth steep was enjoyable, but I mostly taste the jasmine.

I finished on the sixth steep, which was quite mild but still had some flavour. It could resteep more but I feel satisfied with these six.

So far I prefer Mo Li Yin Hao ever so slightly, but both are very solid jasmine green teas. If you prefer something nice to show guests, I recommend the pearls in a glass vessel. And the delicate nature of this tea would definitely be good with fruits, salads or desserts. Personally I love this sort of tea with Ontario coronation grapes (too bad they’re out of season now!)

100ml gaiwan, 1 generous tsp, 6 steeps.

175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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I don’t log tea every time I drink it. Tasting notes tend to be about either one style of brewing or a new experience. It is helpful for me to look back on my notes and see what a tea tasted like or which steeping parameter worked best for me. I try to mostly short steep tea unless it only tastes better with a long steep. I’d rather experience what a tea tastes like over 3 or 12 steeps than just 1 to 3 long steeps.

When I write “tsp”, the measurement I use is a regular western teaspoon. Not a tea scoop

How I rate tea:

99-100: Teas that blow my mind! An unforgettable experience. Savoured to the last drop. I felt privileged to drink this.

90-98: Extraordinary, highly recommended, try it and you won’t be disappointed (and if you are, mail me the tea!)

85-89: Wonderful, couldn’t expect more but not a favourite.

80-84: Excellent, a treasured experience but not a favourite.

70-79: Good but could be better. Above average.

60-69: Average, unexceptional, not something I would buy again. Slightly disappointed. I’d rather drink water.

50-0: Varying degrees of sadness

No rating: Mixed feelings, can’t decide whether I like it or not, not enough experience with that sort of tea to rate it. A dramatic change of heart.


Ontario, Canada

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