Summer Vacation! Though this is a blend, the teas in the blend are Chinese (Chinese green tea and jasmine silver needle white tea) so I say it fits during my China stay for my summer vacation theme (honestly, I was just feeling a blend tonight, and wanted something lighter on caffeine to catch up on some sleep). I got this as a free sampler with one of my B&B orders… not sure when, except it was at some point when they were still known as Bluebird Tea Co. I’m not a fan of jasmine unless it is very lightly scented in the tea, and my initial thought sniffing the single sachet sampler is that it smelled a bit heavily of jasmine. Hmm. Well, I’ll still brew it up and give it a try, and if it really reeks of jasmine from the brewed cup, it wasn’t like anything was wasted. It was a freebie, after all!
Brewed, the jasmine still smells a little strong for my tastes… not as bad as my one foray into jasmine pearls, but still heavier than I tend to prefer jasmine in my teas before it just feels too perfumey to me. Thankfully the spearmint in the blend helps cut back on the flavor a lot, so it doesn’t taste like I’m just drinking perfume, which is a major problem I have with most jasmine teas. The floral and spearmint flavor combination is actually pretty pleasant on the palate… but this still wouldn’t ever be a tea I’d pick up for myself. The heady aroma off the cup is just too much. If the jasmine was toned down a bit — perhaps the balance of that particular tea was much lighter compared to the green tea in the blend, or a lighter-scented version of the jasmine silver needle was used, or the spearmint was even heavier — then maybe I’d be happier with it, but as it is it just strikes that place that is too perfume-scented for me, which can be a problem with my migraines.
Which is a bit of a shame, really. Because it has a very smooth base, light and delicate, very floral, and I like the sharp mintiness at the end of the sip. I’m just very much a “less is more” sort of person with that particular floral note.
Flavors: Floral, Honeysuckle, Jasmine, Mint, Smooth, Spearmint