Leaf Type: Green
Where to Buy: Teahouse Kuan Yin
These hand-rolled pearls contain pure tips of silvery spring tea scented with jasmine. Our Jasmine Pearl brews a more fragrant and complex cup than our Yin Hao, and it is beautiful to watch the pearls unfurl during the steeping process. Ours is IMO-certified organic.
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I love a good Jasmine Tea … and this Organic Jasmine Pearl Scented Green Tea from Teahouse Kuan Yin is definitely a good Jasmine Tea!
First of all – I LOVE that it’s organic! I love that it’s a scented Jasmine. A few days ago, I had a dreadful encounter with a Jasmine tea that was not scented but instead flavored … and there is a difference! I know I’ve talked about the difference here on this blog before, but for those of you who haven’t read my rant about the difference: basically, a scented jasmine is a tea that has been properly jasmine-ified (yes, it’s a word, I just made it up) … that is to say, the jasmine scent/flavor was achieved by layering the tea leaves with fresh jasmine blossoms, allowing their heady essence to absorb into the leaves naturally. A flavored jasmine, on the other hand, is a tea that has been flavored/scented with a jasmine oil. The result of this process creates a tea that tastes more like perfume than like tea. And it’s just plain nasty.
But this Organic Jasmine Pearl Scented Green Tea from Teahouse Kuan Tin was NOT flavored … it was scented! The leaves were layered with the jasmine flowers! That’s the way to do it! The result is a tea that is pleasantly flavored with the natural essence of jasmine and not a perfume-y substitute. It is beautifully floral.
The green tea tastes lightly vegetative, and melds beautifully with the floral notes. A lovely, contemplative cup. If you like a good jasmine tea … this is one you should try.
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!