Leaf Type: White
Where to Buy: Chinese Tea-Shop
Golden Ring Jasmine Tea leaves are hand rolled into ring-shaped pieces. Small, round and circular in shape, they are generally made from a single bud and contain white hairs on them. After steeping the rings unravel to reveal the full green bud.
This is a nice jasmine tea. The young leaves are rolled into ringlets, and they unfurl slowly to expose a very tender, small green leaf and a bud.
The jasmine flavor is strong with this tea. It is much stronger than I’ve experienced in a jasmine pearl. It has a sharp floral taste to it that is sweet and slightly bitter. The bitter tone hits just before mid-sip.
While I do enjoy the strong jasmine taste of this tea, I am finding this a little disappointing because I am having a difficult time tasting the tea here. I can taste slight vegetative tones in the distance, and a fresh sweetness that definitely tastes like tea, but these flavors are very slight and sometimes hard to discern.
Once the cup cools a little (still warm, but not hot), I notice that the flavors become smoother. The floral notes are more sweet and less bitter, with a creamy background note. The flavor of the tea starts to emerge with the cooler temperature.
Overall, I still enjoyed this tea despite the difficulty in distinguishing the tea flavors while hot. The jasmine is very lovely here. This would be an excellent tea for those who are really fond of strong jasmine flavors.
Editor’s Note: At the time of this writing, I was unable to connect to the Chinese Tea-Shop website. I hope that this is only a maintenance issue and not a sign that this tea shop has closed… because it’s a great company!
Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!
Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!
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