Leaf Type: Green
Where to Buy: Infussion
The aroma of this unscented tea is delicate and insanely magnetic. Leaves and buds are rolled into small and regular “pearls” with utmost care to produce this famous Dragon Pearls tea. The resulting infusion is clean, smooth and strong. Quality of this particular batch is outstanding and well worth the price.
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It is so unusual for me to look at these beautiful pearls and not smell the jasmine aroma wafting in the air. I guess pearls and jasmine have kind of become synonymous for me. But these Long Zhu pearls from Infussion Tea have not been scented with Jasmine … they are pure green tea.
The tightly wound pearls began unfurling pretty quickly, and by the time I finished the second infusion I could see that the pearls were nearly open … but not quite (so that means more infusions!) This first cup (containing the first and second infusions) is sweet and delicious, lightly vegetative but not bitter. The vegetative tones fall somewhere between grassy and lightly steamed vegetables … there are notes that are distinctly grass-like but also some hints of a mild vegetable (maybe asaparagus?) that’s been freshly steamed.
I like that while this is a vegetative tea, it isn’t overly so. It has a very crisp taste with a moderate amount of astringnecy that seems to become more apparent as the tea begins to cool slightly. It tastes very pure and clean … a very refreshing cuppa!