After yesterday’s jasmine disappointment, I am a little shy of this tea. I want to love it. I want it to be perfect. I am putting a lot of pressure on it.
Good sign: there is nothing odd about the smell in the tin. A nice, jasmine floral with a sort of a dusky, vegetal green tea scent.
The steeped tea is a clear, pale yellow and smells lightly of jasmine — and nothing else. The floral aspect smells very natural, if not overly strong. Definitely a better start than what I experienced yesterday with the Shanti.
It’s lovely. With each additional sip, the jasmine becomes more “juicy” and this meets all my criteria for great jasmine green teas:
1. The jasmine smells and tastes like the essence of flowers rather than a flavoring agent.
2. The jasmine is integrated into the tea, rather than smelling and tasting pasted on.
3. The tea base is both a great delivery vehicle for the jasmine and not completely overpowered by it to the point where it disappears.
4. Extra points for juicy, flowery goodness.
Current untasted, un-written about cupboard count heading into the holidays:
Slow, but steady, progress.
Flavors: Jasmine, Vegetal