3 Tasting Notes
I’d never tried a butterfly style Jasmine previous to this, but have tried many types of pearls. I found the scent was mildy sweet and pleasing, but quite understated next to some of my favorites. I wonder if being in the shop – opened and closed many times – exposed them to too much fresh air. I brewed perhaps a dozen of these larger ties (compared to 25 typical pearls) in my 4oz Gaiwan and found leaving for a longer time didn’t accumulate too much astringency and I was able to get a nice – if light and mellow – sweet, Jasmine tea. I can’t say I was blown away, but there is nothing wrong with these, just that I’ve tasted more full and intense types. I was able to get 2 steeps with a reasonable amount of Jasmine, but by the third there wasn’t much left in them. I’ll keep my bag of these around to fill in when I run out of favorites, but I don’t think I’d re-buy.
Flavors: Jasmine, Sweet
From the packaging to the last drop and everything in between, Teavivre’s Premium Jasmine pearls are great. Opening the pouch released a fresh scent of intense Jasmine that begged to be steeped. These have become my staple Jasmine pearl after trying many types. I use about 25 pearls in my 4oz Gaiwan and get three steeps reliably from it. This tea totally lacks astringency, so I am able to steep for longer than I’d try with more delicate teas (8 minutes) with the result being very intense and sweet Jasmine tea over two steeps. I’ve really grown accustomed to this wonderful intensity and spend as much time with my teacup under my nose as on my lips. The taste and aromatherapy are equally wonderful. Along with a full Jasmine flavor, there is an underlying toasty tea flavor and a curiously grape-like note. I could drink this non-stop.
Flavors: Grapes, Jasmine, Sweet, Toasty
I encountered these in my constant search and trials of Jasmine teas. Price was good and smell upon open was pleasant and inviting, more sweet than floral. I am able to get 2 rich steeps out using a 4 oz Gaiwan and 5-6 minute steeps. 3 steeps is pushing it. The taste is sweet and ‘toasty’ – lacking the vegetal quality of typical greens – quite satisfying and never exhibiting any astringency. The tin has stayed at my office as my ‘back-up’ for when I forget to bring anything else or just want to mix it up during the day. I’ve come to look forward to these in that capacity and would reorder it as an alternative.
Flavors: Jasmine, Sweet, Toasty