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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Review: Two Leaves and a Bud’s Jasmine Petal Tea

The Subject: Jasmine Petal from Two Leaves and a Bud.

Rating:


Water temperature: 180° F
Steeping time: 3 mins. (a bit too long, 2 mins. might be better)

Tea type: Green
Scents, flavorings, etc.: Jasmine
Aroma, dry: Floral (jasmine) with some spicy, mostly cinnamon (see comments)
Aroma in the cup, plain: Floral (jasmine) with some spicy (mostly cinnamon)
Taste, plain: Strong jasmine floral notes with grassy green tea
Aroma in the cup, enhanced: Strong jasmine floral notes with grassy green tea
Taste, enhanced: Strong jasmine floral notes with grassy green tea

2nd Infusion: Slightly lighter color, jasmine still noticeable, more grassy

Chilled: Recommended

Comments:
Having enjoyed jasmine green teas in the past, I was a bit surprised at the smell of this tea dry. Along with the floral notes of the jasmine, there was the scent of spices (cinnamon and others). I’m suspecting that this is due to the plastic bag it was shipped in, that the scent of one of the other teas shipped with it, especially the Mountain High Chai, leaked through the bag. This could have been avoided by using tea tins, like Adagio does or thicker plastic pouches like The English Tea Store does.


Fortunately, the cinnamon spicy scent disappears during infusing. The tea “liquor” has none of it, evidencing only the jasmine floral notes and grassy green tea-ness.

Both hubby and I were thrilled with this tea, finding it very drinkable without any enhancement. I did add a little sweetener to a cupful of the tea that had cooled and had to be reheated (it got a slight tangy edge, but I wouldn’t call it bitter). We may have steeped it too long. Usually, I steep green teas for 3 minutes. As strong as this one is, due to the smaller tea leaf pieces, the steeping time should be about 2 minutes. Try it at 2 minutes to see if it’s strong enough. Let steep a little longer if needed. I don’t recommend going longer than 3 minutes.

Compared to Rari-Teas Jasmine flowering tea and Adagio’s Jasmine Bloom flowering tea:
The 2 Leaves version is comparable in jasmine scent and grassy tea taste. It has the advantage of not being a blooming tea (a 2nd infusion is easier to make) and the disadvantage (you don’t get the visual appeal). The blooming teas are full-leaf, of course. The 2 Leaves version is pieces.

I was a bit disappointed that this was not full leaf tea and so deducted a half teapot. Otherwise, this is a splendid jasmine tea.

Disclaimer: The teas reviewed here were provided by the company named. However, the rating of the tea and any opinions concerning it are strictly objective.

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