RiverTea is scheduled to go live this week. I won this sample in their pre-launch promotional contest.
This is a jasmine green tea. It has one major strike against it right off the bat. The premium dragon pearls from another company are one of my half dozen all time favorite teas. That’s kind of unfair. I will try to assess it on its own merits.
The pearls are small and tightly rolled. After the first steep they only partially relax. The color is golden yellow. The scent is light. The taste is quite sweet and nicely jasmine. The light dry scent seemed a little perfume-y but in the cup it works well. I was surprised by the low steeping temperature. I think it may be the lowest I have encountered (156 F). I am having a second cup from yesterday’s leaf it is just as good as the first. I believe there is at least a third cup and maybe more in the leaf.
There is certainly nothing wrong with this one, especially if it is reasonably priced as an everyday jasmine.