Leaf Type: Green
Where to Buy: Teamotions
Regain inner strength and self-confidence with empowering jiaogulan blended with fragrant jasmine green tea and tropical passionfruit.
Ingredients: Jasmine Green Tea, Jiaogulan, Jasmine Flowers, Cornflowers, Natural Flavors.
The dry leaf smells so strongly of passionfruit that it is hard to believe that there are any other ingredients in this tea. I can see the jasmine flowers and the green tea, but I worried that I wouldn’t be able to taste the jasmine. However, as the tea brews, the passionfruit fragrance softens somewhat and allows the other aromas to emerge. In my cup, I can now smell the passionfruit, the green tea and the jasmine … and it smells wonderful!
The flavor is fantastic. I was a little unsure, because I had never heard of jiaogulan before, and on this information page about jiaogulan, there were some comparisons made to ginseng, and I hoped it wouldn’t taste too much like ginseng as that is definitely not my favorite flavor. Fortunately, it does not.
I really like this combination of flavors. The sweetness of the passionfruit together with the somewhat sharp notes of the jasmine and the slightly grassy taste of the green tea really meld together beautifully.
Passionfruit is the strongest taste here. It tastes sweet and luscious. The jasmine notes weave their way onto the palate throughout the sip, while the vegetative taste of the green tea sits in the background, content to let the passionfruit and jasmine play.
There is a fair amount of astringency to this cup. The finish is smooth and the aftertaste is sweet yet clean and herbaceous. Maybe even a little bit soapy – but not unpleasantly so. As I near the end of the cup, I find that there is almost a numbing of the tongue, an effect that I suspect comes from the jiaogulan. It isn’t an unpleasant experience, though, it is just a little unusual. It doesn’t detract from the very pleasant flavor.
This tea is delicious hot or iced – it is extremely refreshing (and invigorating!) on a hot summer day!