I adore jasmine tea (hence the screen name), and I am in search of the ultimate one to bribe myself to answer my inbox each working day. This has a nice scent but it’s too bitter for me. I waited about 15 seconds after boiling (instructions say just under boiling, something like that), exactly 1 teaspoon per cup of water (got 2.5 out of the sample), and steeped for about 4 minutes, which is on the long end of the range they recommended. I could try to steep it for 2 minutes, the short end, to tone down the bitterness, but the jasmine wasn’t strong enough to make me buy another sample. Plus, I don’t need that kind of pressure to make a perfect pot. I may not even finish the 2.5 cups I brewed.

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I’ve been addicted to tea since a run-in with Typhoo in a six-weeks-abroad program. Tea at breakfast, elevenses, lunch, high tea, and dinner. Came back addicted, and I doubt there’s been 30 days in the last 17 years that I haven’t had a cup of black in the morning.

Currently in search of my perfect black and perfect green jasmine. Going to be drinking a pot of green or white jasmine in the afternoons for health reasons, as a bribe to get me through my email each day.

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