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Superfine Jasmine Downy Dragon Pearls Green Tea

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Brand:TeaVivre
Style:Jasmine Pearls
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Region:Fuding, Fujian, China
Loose/teabag:Loose
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This tea's info last updated: Jul. 31, 2015

Commercial Description

A bold sweet tea, strong aroma of brisk jasmine fragrance.

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80 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
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This is my favorite jasmine pearls tea that I've ever sampled.

I tried this tea months ago and began writing a review but I realized that I never finished and posted it! Apologies to TeaVivre for the oversight. I had one packet left, so I brewed it up and the tea was as I had remembered it. I was surprised at how well it stayed fresh; there was no noticeable deterioration in aroma or quality.

This is relatively milder than some Jasmines; I recommend brewing a little on the stronger side. The pearls are small (which is often an indicator of high quality), almost too small to count. I like steeping with about 20 pearls, but even that is on the low side of the amount of tea most people use--many people would probably want to use more.

Aroma is very pleasing and floral, and it's hard to tell where the jasmine scent ends and the tea begins. Flavor is also relatively mild.

This tea resteeps very well, easily three steeps using Western-style brewing in a mug with a basket infuser. Starting in the second steep, more herbaceous tones come out in the aroma.

TeaVivre recommends 1-3 minute steeps; with some Jasmines I go towards the low end but with this one I'd go towards the high end. I think this tea tastes better a little stronger, and it is so smooth that it doesn't get harsh as easily. What makes this tea stand out is a clean, smooth, crisp finish that is very unusual among scented teas.

Definitely the best Jasmine pearls tea I've sampled, although I'm not sure it's worth the price to me, as I didn't enjoy it quite as much as many of TeaVivre's pure green teas in a similar price range. I also tend not to like jasmine pearls teas as much as plain loose-leaf jasmines, and although this would content with the better jasmine teas I've tried, I think my favorite examples still go to non-pearl teas.
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73 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
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Though I'm not generally big on Jasmine green teas, this one was obviously high quality. The floral aspects were heady, but pretty well balanced. I brewed the tea a little too long for the first cup, resulting in it having a slight bitterness characteristic of some Jasmine green teas. My second cup successfully avoided this flavor while retaining the pleasant ones. Each time the golden hue was a pleasure.

I found the tiny size of the pearls of this tea quite interesting, and suspect this is why it infused more quickly than most Jasmine pearls.
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80 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
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This is meant to be a 'high-end' jasmine pearl tea, which, to be honest, is not something that I had thought to look into until I got a free sample of it. To me, jasmine teas are lovely, but the jasmine always overpowers the tea, making them all taste roughly similar.

I found this tea to be genuinely a cut above other jasmine pearls, but only when I brewed it in a gaiwan. When I brewed it in a standard pot, it came out more or less like any other jasmine tea. Perhaps the only difference was the aroma of the brewed leaves, which had more of the damp, heady quality I associate with actual living jasmine plants.

In the gaiwan, however, the I was able to actually taste the base tea, especially after multiple steepings, and that made it very worthwhile. The result is a cup that is sweet and perfume-y as expected, with a pleasant bitter undertone. The base tea seems fruity-sweet to me rather than floral-sweet, and the contrast was lovely.

So, in conclusion, this is a fine tea, but probably only worth the price if you want to brew it gong fu style.
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