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!
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!