Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Tea Time: Jasmine Green Tea

Sunflower: Jasmine Tea

Reviewed by: Juturna F.
Type of tea
Green, loose-leaf
Flavor aspects and Aroma
Flavor aspects: Floral, natural
Aroma: Jasmine
Where I got it
Asian Market, but can also be found here on Amazon
$6.99 for 1/2 lb
How I brewed it
Filled a mug with hot water from the coffee maker at work. Walked back to my desk, added 2.5 tsp loose-leaf tea (in strainer) to 12oz mug. Waited about 2 minutes or so and removed.
Rebrewing notes
Usually good for at least one rebrew.
The smell of this tea is heavenly. I'd know it was jasmine tea without ever reading the label! It's pretty sensitive, though: I think I burnt the leaves either by oversteeping or using water that was too hot, and since it was coffee machine water (slightly cooled, even) and I steeped it less than 2 minutes, that means it's a finicky brand. Definitely becomes bitter when oversteeped, but from prior experimentation, I know it can also be slightly sweet and completely not bitter if prepared carefully.

I do taste both green tea and a floral note, which means neither flavor overpowers the other. It's a nicely balanced blend, and while I'm usually senstive to bitter, the strong jasmine scent makes me enjoy it even poorly brewed. I'm actually very fond of this tea (okay, so it was the first loose-leaf tea I ever tried, a gift from a college roommate) and while it's not the fanciest tea I've had, it's inexpensive, tasty, and sweetly scented.

Despite starting on this tea myself, it's probably not the best first-ever loose-leaf green tea. Once you've come to enjoy green tea with a more resilient brand, then it's a nice tea for learning to brew delicate teas, as you'll know when you get it wrong but it'll still be drinkable. It does take some practice to not make bitter, but at the price (you can get a pound on Amazon for under $10), you can experiment all you want. It's also a good go-to tea for a pick-me-up anytime, especially on a budget--always make me feel like I'm drinking flowers! If you dislike floral teas, however, this is absolutely the wrong tea for you.

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1 comment:

  1. Well done!!! Actually green tea is an wonderful remedy for making your health fit & perfect, if you have using ayurvedic its a added taste to drink so that green tea brand also increased in India, Thanks for this wonderful blog.