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Jasmine Pearl Select 2013 Green Tea from Steepster

March19

jasmineTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Steepster Select

Tea Description:

Picked from the Da Bai Hao cultivar, this high grade green tea is gently picked and hand rolled. The tea is then meticulously dried with fresh jasmine to impart its distinct floral aroma and flavor.

Taster’s Review:

This Jasmine Pearl Select 2013 Green Tea from Steepster is the fifth tea from my February Steepster Select box – and I figured I better get busy and review it because my March box arrived yesterday.

I love Jasmine Pearls, so I was very happy to receive these as part of February’s box.  Over on Steepster, most of the tasting notes about this jasmine tea are positive, but I did read one tasting note that suggest that the jasmine notes are too strong, I would disagree with that, because I think that the jasmine here is just right.  Then again, I believe that the flavor is very reliant upon how it’s steeped.

I steeped this in my gaiwan, using short steeps (a 15 second rinse, followed by a 45 second infusion, and adding 15 seconds onto each subsequent infusion).  I kept infusing until my yixing mug was full – it usually takes five infusions.

The result is a cup of jasmine paradise!  The jasmine tastes soft, sweet and exotic, and melds beautifully with the sweet notes of green tea.  The green tea is very light and has a subtle grassy taste.  It is a delightfully floral cup.

A really wonderful Jasmine.

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