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The Subject: Dragon Phoenix Jasmine Green Tea from Shui Tea.
Tea type: Green
Scents, flavorings, etc.: Jasmine
Aroma, dry: Jasmine
Aroma in the cup, plain: Jasmine
Taste, plain: Jasmine
Aroma in the cup, enhanced: N/A
Taste, enhanced: N/A
2nd Infusion: Slightly milder
According to the company Website, the tea leaves are first rolled into their “pearl” shape and then dried with jasmine blossoms mixed among them. The “pearls” absorb the jasmine aroma and flavor.
Unfortunately, my hypersensitive nose is overwhelmed by one whiff from the little bag these “pearls” come in. As with other Jasmines we’ve tried, the floral dominates, with only a faint tea flavor coming through. Pardon the pun, but we’re now convinced that Jasmines are no longer our cup of tea. In fact, I think we will avoid them entirely in future.
Some positive points:
- Multiple infusions are possible. We did 2 and found them both to be about equivalent. You could probably do at least one more, possibly 2.
- The Jasmine flavoring lasts through the infusions, unlike other tea flavorings that fade away after the first one.
One thing’s for sure: this is a friendly tea. The “pearls” formed a smiley face just as I snapped the photo. Honest!
Disclaimer: This tea was provided by the company named. However, the rating of the tea and any opinions concerning it are always strictly objective.