3 Tasting Notes
I ordered 4 bags of samplers from Teavivre, just to have a taste of what the company offers. The Premium Jasmine Dragon Pearls Green Tea is the very first tea that I opened and tried. LOVED IT!
When I opened the package, the jasmine smell was fresh, definitely not overpowering or artificial. There’s instruction for water temp and how long it should be steeped on the package, so you can’t get it wrong. It was so fun looking at the pearls unwrap and spread their little “arms” in the tea. I honestly didn’t expect the tea leaves to be full and long, but they are. I’d like to see this as a sign of good quality tea.
The first steep was amazingly not bitter at all, and the jasmine notes were the most prominent. I taste a little astringency in the 2nd steep and more so in the 3rd. Although I’d prefer a stronger jasmine essence from my tea, this tea is not bad at all. (Maybe I should try to use less water next time.)
In addition, each little tea package (7g) is perfect for one mug of tea. That’s a plus for me because I don’t want my tea to be oxidized quickly.
Get this tea if you like jasmine green teas. You will like it.
Flavors: Green, Jasmine
This is by far my favourite tea from DAVIDsTEA and I highly doubt any tea from this company will beat it. When I got this tea from the wonderful tea guide in the store, I just couldn’t wait to let it steep a little longer. I had to take a sip. At first, the green notes were strong and the jasmine was okay for my taste. But after I let it cool a little bit, the jasmine starts to become more intense, which is GREAT since I love jasmine in green tea. The tea guide told me that this tea can be steeped multiple times, and it did last quite well. I was able to get 5 nice steeps out of it and it was a great experiment sipping down different steeps and trying to experience how different flavour develop in each.
purity + serenity
Flavors: Green, Jasmine
First of all, this tea is called MANGO MADNESS, but what’s mad about it?! The taste is just weird, with a hint of bitterness, which I find a bit odd in a white tea. The 2nd steep is even more horrible. I haven’t found a tea with such bland 2nd steep until I taste this tea. Yes, there’s a bunch of fruits added, which I’m guessing is to make this tea more palatable, but the artificial flavouring is just too overwhelming, which makes the delicateness of white tea nowhere to be found. Now that I think about it, I’m not sure if I even want to call it a “tea”. Good teas, by my definition, should be aromatic in a pleasant way, definitely not this artificial stuff.
Such a disappointment.
Flavors: Artificial, Bitter, Orange