Jasmine Pearls

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175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 15 sec 270 oz / 7984 ml

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Our handmade Jasmine Pearls won the top three star gold award at the most recent Guild of Fine Food Awards. Only 83 products out of 5,000 entries in all food and drink categories achieved three stars.
This is one of the few authentic Jasmine teas available in the UK and was made by our own supplier. It was independently blind-tasted and judged to be the better than any other Jasmine Pearls at the Great Taste Awards. The long silvery tea buds are hand-picked from the white tea varietal used for Silver Needle, but the leaves are processed as a green tea. Once picked, the buds are carefully stored for a few weeks until the Jasmine flowers blossom. They are very skilfully hand rolled into perfect spheres and layered over several nights with fresh Jasmine. Just a few pearls yield a highly fragrant liquor, bright with refreshing jasmine and sweet with the soft creamy undertones of the tea buds.

Many so-called Jasmine teas are artificially scented with oils and flavourings etc. Ours are completely natural and capture the delicacy of the Jasmine flower without overwhelming the sweet, creamy softness of the tea.

Great Taste Awards 2009/10 – Three Gold Stars

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Canton Tea Co is a London-based tea company trading in high grade, whole leaf Chinese tea. We have exclusive access to some of the best jasmine, white, green, oolong, black and authentic puerh teas available. In our first year, we scooped Six Golds at the 2009 Guild of Fine Food Great Taste Awards. Our Jasmine Pearls won the top three star gold award, endorsing it as the best available in the UK.

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Ok so I have recovered from my bike injuries and as I was getting back to normal my cousin almost died on Friday night which has left me shocked and upset. He was drunk and punched a window which cut a main artery in his arm and cut through the muscle down to the bone. Very nasty and messy and the ambulance crew said they are surprised he made it because of the amount of blood he lost. We are not sure if he will have full use of his arm again but time will tell.

Then today as I was again starting to pick up a little I had my e-mail account hacked. They sent all sorts of porn messages and links to numerous people with my face on them! Quite frankly that left me stunned too but thankfully I managed to change my password and kick them off so it shouldn’t happen again. Lucky I managed to keep it at all.

So that’s my last few days, I hope everyone has been well.
This was a free sample from a while ago and I had completely forgotten all about. Well I got a new Japanese (I think) teapot with flowers and built in ceramic filter which I have been using of late and it’s perfect. Anything large leaved or ball shaped works well with it.

In raw form these balls/pearls are very small measuring roughly 3mm – 4mm in diameter on average. Some have silver tips that shine beautifully amongst the dark green leaves and they smell strongly of Jasmine, rather fresh too. Not as fuzzy/furry as I was hoping for though.

Once steeped this tea is yellow in colour with a sweet and strong pure jasmine aroma. Very clean smelling and pure.

Flavour is floral, sweet, a little astringent and perfumey. Stronger than the smell and a little more astringent than expected. I brewed low and had maybe 13 balls in one large pot, enough for 5-6 cups….balance works with my other pearls. Perhaps this tea is the ‘cheaper’ version hence no fur on the pearls which would explain the taste. It’s not as sweet as I was expecting either but there is still a hint there.

I think I will stick with my Pearls from Teavivre and Dragon Tea house. These are just too rough. :(


I’m so sorry that you’ve had such a rough time lately! I hope your cousin will be ok. That is such a scary thing.

Your teapot is beautiful! Love the different colors of green for the leaves.


Holy crap that’s a lot to go on in a short time, glad everything is okay!


Must google "What’s a carboot? "

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237 tasting notes

It’s a good afternoon for the gentle enjoyment of jasmine pearls, and these are the real deal. Fragrant, juicy, naturally sweet, and lingering aftertaste without any astringency or bitterness. For me, these are the tea equivalent of a relaxing soak in a hot spring. Ahhh….

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6770 tasting notes

I took about 10 “balls” or “pearls” and infused for about 6 minutes…I had an emergency and ended up drinking it iced instead. The COLD version of this – that I’m drinking right now – is LOVELY! It’s gently scented and flavored with the Jasmine and it’s ‘just right’ for my liking. It’s NOT Bitter…it’s sweeter instead. NICE.

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These are really REALLY really good jasmine pearls when steeped just so. Still soft … but oh so creamy and delicious, with a really nice jasmine note. Not at all perfume-y or chemical-y tasting. Sweet and smooth and really very nice.

I’m loving this.


I haven’t met a Jasmine Pearls tea I didn’t like. :>D


The Jasmine Pearls from Canton Tea Co are the only ones I’ve ever liked. Others always seem to taste like bad perfume….

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Before Brewing:
These pearls are different from my other collection of jasmine pearls. They are a bit smaller and whiter with more “hair” on them. I like that! That’s like three indication of a good tea. And the smell of jasmine! Oh god, it’s so powerful.

After steeping:
It’s so relaxing to watch the pearls unfurl… Not to mention fun. I just love to see the balls that float at the top fall down to the bottom. Just call me evil, but I really like gravity (and water) drag them down. The brew is very light in color – to be honest it looks exactly like water. First sip reveals a gentle jasmine flavor. Some jasmine tea are too perfumed and too strong. Simply put : to damn overpowering. This has a perfect balance. Like other jasmine tea it has a lingering aftertaste, but it’s very discrete and quickly gone.

I resteeped the leafs, only to find the tea become even better!
It becomes so gentle and juicy at the back of the throat.

I am really pleased with these pearls. They deserve every star they got.

Paul M Tracy

I’ll have to go back and give this one another chance. It was good, but I was looking for more fragrance and less “perfume like” taste. Do you happen to remember your time and temp? Maybe I messed up on the preparation.


I steeped them at a low temp.
The water was heated to 80, but I let it cool of to 75 – 70 celcius. Then the brew stood for about 5 min… if I remember correct that is :)

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This is my first try of a Canton Tea Co product and it’s also my first time using a gaiwan. (I already love the thing. How much easier is that?!)

This tea is comprised of tiny pearls. Obviously the fragrance is floral, but this tea goes one step beyond. I would say it’s more of a sugary perfume. It’s quite exotic, but still not quite the level of fragrance that would make this my “perfect” jasmine.

The prepared tea has a pale honey color and has an incredibly delicate flavor. It’s faintly sweet but the floral taste just very slightly overpowers the complexity of the tea base. I get a slight bitter tingle on the edge of my tongue that lingers. I guess I want the best of both worlds; more jasmine fragrance but less flowery flavor.

Overall, this is really good but not perfect. It’s a pleasant tea but, especially given the shipping costs from the UK, I’ll continue to look for that “perfect” jasmine.

170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec

Hooray for gaiwans! I love mine and really kicked myself for not trying one sooner. :)

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190 tasting notes
The smell and taste of the Jasmine was authentic, and not artificial. The aroma of the tea was of Jasmine flowers, sweet and soft, calming me down and reminding me of a sleepy time tea. The color of the liquor was very light, as expected from the white tea leaves. The white tea is tasty, I could taste the creaminess and sweetness from the Silver Needle tea. I steeped this tea 4 times, and by the 4th steep, the Jasmine had slowly gone away, but the Silver Needle was still as tasty as the first steep. In addition to the Silver Needle flavors, the taste has sweet finish, leaving the Jasmine flower smell in the aroma and the sweetness from the Jasmine in the cup. I really enjoy this tea, and imagine that it would be amazing iced!


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596 tasting notes

My favorite jasmine pearls. Light, subtle, delicious. Don’t use too many!


Have you ever tried SpecialTeas’ jasmine pearls? They’re my current favorite – although Canton’s are pretty darned good too!

Paul M Tracy

Arg, My Canton Tea Gold Award Pack is sitting at my office and I’m away at meetings for the week. Reading all the reviews is killin’ me! I can’t wait to dive into these.

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290 tasting notes

I can’t believe that I have not written any tasting notes about this tea. It has been in my cupboard for ages and I drink it regularly. I really must get better at recording all my teas! Anyhoo, I put half a dozen pearls in my infuser mug, wait a bit and drink. Resteep, drink again, etc. I can get half a dozen mugs of good tea out of that lot. This is the tea I go to when I want something sweet and easy to make. The balance of jasmine flavour to tea is just right. It is smooth and velvety, and is just what I want when I want something that does not require me to pay very close attention to it. Is that a bad thing? I don’t think so. There is more there if you do pay close attention to the tea, but you can get plenty from it without that. This is a staple tea for my cupboard.

185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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132 tasting notes

I received this lovely tea from TeaEqualsBliss; I was really excited to try it since I am a jasmine pearl lover. I used 1 tsp of pearls per 8oz of water and steeped for about 3mins and then let cool for about 15mins before I enjoyed my cup. The jasmine flavoring was authentic tasting and sweet, the silver needles made for a very clean, yet very slightly grassy tasting tea. Very well done and I can’t wait to try a second cup blended with a peach white tea, I have a feeling that with be DELISH with these pearls!

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