I was excited to try this one (also part of the sampler pack from twiggles) because I really love jasmine teas, and this is a “Chung Hao” grade of jasmine and I’ve read reviews of other Chung Hao jasmines that made me want to try them. The dried leaves on this one have a strong jasmine aroma with an underlying sweetness; I’ve seen a couple of jasmine teas described recently as having honeysuckle aromas, and now I can smell it in this one too.

I was surprised at how dark this tea got after only 2.5 minutes of brewing. The liquor is a dark yellow edging toward orange, and the aroma of the brewed tea is very similar to the dried leaf, except more well developed and “fuller”. This isn’t a wimpy jasmine; the taste is strongly of floral jasmine (not very perfumey, I don’t think, but I don’t tend to get bottle of perfume flavor from florals that some people do) integrating well with the green tea. There seems to be a touch of underlying bitterness from the green tea, but given the darkness of the liquor after 2.5 minutes I think the steep time could be dropped to take care of that. I’m not quite sure how this one compares to the other jasmines I have now; I guess I’ll have to go back and try them to see how they all stack up. In any case, I think this tea would match up well with the others I’ve tried so far.

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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I am tea obsessed, with the stash to match. I tend to really enjoy green oolongs, Chinese blacks, and flavored teas with high quality bases, especially florals, bergamot-based teas, and chocolate teas.

In my free time I am a birder, baker, and music/movie/tv addict.

Here are my rating categories, FYI:
100-90: Mind-blowingly good, just right for my palate, and teas that just take me to a happy place.
89-86: I really really like these teas and will keep most of them in the permanent collection, but they’re not quite as spectacular as the top category
85-80: Pretty tasty teas that I enjoy well enough, but definitely won’t rebuy when I run out.
79-70: Teas that I would probably drink again, but only if there were no preferrable options.
69-50: Teas that I don’t really enjoy all that much and wouldn’t drink another cup of.
49 and below: Mega yuck. This tea is just disgusting to me.
Unrated: Usually I feel unqualified to rate these teas because they are types of teas that I tend to not like in general. Sometimes user error or tea brewed under poor conditions.


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