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    Min River Tea Jasmine White

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: large downy buds Ingredients: scented white tea Steep time: 2 minutes Water Temperature: 175 degrees Preparation Method: glass teapot Liquor: pale gold I don’t drink nearly as much jasmine as I used to but I still find a pot now and then very enjoyable. The base tea for this was a visually appealing silver needle, full of large downy buds. Their floral aroma when dry was faint but very pleasant. The taste was sweet, vegetal and floral with notes of hay and a somewhat dry finish. I loved that the tea was able to shine through, even with the jasmine scenting. It did not come across as artificial…


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    Min River Tea Jasmine Red Tea

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: small, dark Ingredients: scented black tea Steep time: 2 minutes Water Temperature: 195 degrees Preparation Method: small clay teapot (glazed) Liquor: reddish brown It’s unusual to see a scented black tea, especially a jasmine one with leaves that are this level of quality. The base black tea was earthy with fruity notes that went really well with the sweet floral aroma. I loved that it did not come across as artificial or perfumy at all. I also noticed a interesting creaminess in the finish but I’m not sure if that was a byproduct of the jasmine. There was just enough astringency to be refreshing without bitterness, even…

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    Art of Tea Blooming Bliss

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: sage green with white tips Ingredients: Silver Tipped Green Tea, Amaranth Flowers, Natural Flavors Steep time: 5 minutes Water Temperature: 180 degrees Preparation Method: glass teapot Liquor: very pale This blooming tea was a bit less showy than others that I’ve tried but I did not mind that one bit. I secretly hate the ones that shoot of tons of tiny flower bits. Amaranth flowers are pretty standard issue for this type of tea. They added a pretty punch of color to what might otherwise be a plain bouquet of leaves. The ball unfurled fairly quickly but I suggest steeping it for the full five minutes. You’ll definitely…

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    Peony Tea Shop Jasmine Pearls

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: mottled green, tightly rolled Ingredients: green tea Steep time: 2 minutes Water Temperature: 175 degrees Preparation Method: glass teapot Liquor: pale gold I don’t often have scented teas but when I do they are a bit of a decadent indulgence. This version from Peony Tea Shop was exactly that. The base green tea was delicately vegetal. There was just a touch of refreshing astringency but it was not bitter at all. According to their website, these pearls were made by rolling the leaves with freshly bloomed jasmine petals up to seven times. The jasmine added a sweet and almost creamy floral note that lingered in my palate after…

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    SerendipiTea Fu Man Chu

    Country of Origin: not listed Leaf Appearance: small, dark and slightly twisted Ingredients: Jasmine Petals (Organic), Pouchong (Organic), Pu-erh (Organic) Steep time: 5 minutes Water Temperature: 212 degrees Preparation Method: ceramic teacup and mesh infuser Liquor: reddish brown My friend Jo of A Gift of Tea raved about this tea so much that I just had to give it a try. The ingredient list sounded like such an odd combination. Jasmine is seldom seen outside of green teas. Pouchong and puerh are also pretty opposite when it comes to taste. I steeped the leaves for five minutes and that seemed to be a sweet spot for me. Any longer than that would make the tea…

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    Cha Dragon Phoenix Pearls

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: varied shades of green, tightly rolled Ingredients: green tea, jasmine flowers Steep time: 3 minutes Water Temperature: 175 degrees Preparation Method: glass teapot Liquor: gold The dry pearls of this tea had a fantastic jasmine aroma. I thought that this was a pleasant but fairly typical jasmine pearl tea. It was sweetly floral and vegetal with just a tough of astringency. One of the pearls in my pot was actually a whole jasmine blossom. That is not often seen and I thought it was a nice touch. Watching pearl teas unfurl is always a nice experience and this one was no different. Once unfurled, I could see…