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Saturday, August 7, 2010

The Tea Valley Company Loose Leaf Green Tea 'Hua Xiang Jasmine Pearls'

Tea Information:
Tea: Hua Xiang Jasmine Pearls
Type: Green Tea
Packaging: Loose Leaf
Company: The Tea Valley Company
Purchase: Here
Description: Elegant and aromatic, the jasmine pearl’s fragrance closely resembles that of the lychee fruit. The tea leaves are rolled into small dark pearls with streaks of white highlights. Steep in hot water, the pearls slowly unwind into long twines that further unfold into two leaves and a bud. The tea has a beautiful peach color and an enchanting light-bodied flavor that is refreshingly sweet. The captivating scent of jasmine remains on your tongue long after your last cup.

Enchanting from start to finish, this jasmine tea is a great choice for those looking for a relaxing brew. A delicious cup can be produced with just a small pinch of pearls.

Origin: Fujian Province, China
Harvest Season: Spring 2009

Steep Information:
Amount: 2 tsp
Water: 500ml 175°F filtered water
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: 3 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: very strong jasmine floral
Steeped Tea Smell: jasmine flowers
Flavor: floral
Body: Light
Aftertaste: vegetal, a little bitter
Liquor: translucent yellow-green

The tea arrived in an adorable tin with see through top, since I keep my teas away from the light I like preview windows. The packaging had the tea hand written on the side, but the handwriting was neat and easy to read so I did not mind at all. Overall adorable packaging.

I think i needed to increase the pearls and cut back on the time? The tea was airy and light, like smelling jasmine with your tongue, but with a bitter after taste I did not appreciate. I failed to follow directions and do 2 minutes for the steep as it seemed too light at two minutes, but I now know this is meant to be a light tea since it was not bitter then.

Resteep: 6 minutes, stronger floral taste, but also a stronger bitter after taste, perhaps next time a pinch of sugar?

Disclaimer: I received this tea for free from The Tea Valley Company in exchange for reviewing their website.

Rating: 3/4 leaves

Leaf system:
1=Bleh! not again if it were free
2=Acceptable, if it were free or there were limited other tea options
3=I might purchase this tea from time to time, or select it while out
4=A staple in our cupboard from now on, I will purchase and keep purchasing

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