Wednesday, December 28, 2016
Bitterleaf Teas Pearl Buds 2015 Spring Jasmine Ball Green Tea
Leaf Appearance: tightly rolled, visible buds
Ingredients: jasmine scented green tea
Steep time: 20 seconds
Water Temperature: 185 degrees
Preparation Method: glass gaiwan
Liquor: pale gold
I don't really review flavored teas much anymore, mostly because of how my personal tastes have changed over time. I do sometimes make an exception for a traditionally scented tea if it really catches my attention. My experiences with other offerings from +Bitterleaf Teas told me that this one would be worth trying (and not just because of the adorable parakeet label!).
Some teas really beg to be photographed and this is definitely one of them. Each pearl was a clearly defined, tightly wound spiral. They were so fuzzy! I couldn't resist getting a close up shot of those trichomes. The jasmine aroma was present in the dry leaves but subtle. They were beautiful as the pearls unfurled in my glass gaiwan. I definitely recommend brewing this in a glass vessel whenever possible. Otherwise, you'll be missing out on the show.
The jasmine scenting was intense yet delicate at the same time. It always fascinates me how floral aromas sometimes translate as a type of sweetness. I really enjoyed that the vegetal character of the green tea was still able to shine through. There was just enough astringency to add a refreshing, clean finish but it never bordered on bitter or unpleasant. Following their detailed directions, I was able to brew three equally enjoyable infusions.
Note: It looks like this tea is currently sold out. I would still highly recommend it in the event that it returns!
Pearl Buds 2015 Spring Jasmine Ball Green Tea sample provided for review by Bitterleaf Teas.