Jasmine Downy Pearls

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190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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This green tea is rolled into pearl-shaped balls, then scented with jasmine flowers. The flavor is smooth with a light floral scent.

This is a unique and beautiful tea from Fujian province, China. To make this tea, women selectively pluck only the youngest leaves, covered with a fine down. Three leaves are rolled together into a spherical “pearl” and then wrapped in silk mesh and dried by fire to set the form. Each pearl is streaked with the pale white down of the buds. Scenting the pearls twice with fresh jasmine flowers gives the finished tea its final character.

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40 tasting notes

First off, I would have gone lower if I’d had better control of the water temperature. That said, I think it is still ok.

The dry leaves spell overwhelmingly of jasmine. It’s a bit heady. The pearls are small, and they are pale green and light yellow. They unfurl into an interesting bouquet of perfumy, almost bubblegummy jasmine mixed with a dark, vegetal aroma. The liquor is a transparent, light yellow-green.

As with most of the Chinese teas I’ve tried, this one starts off light and watery. This middle notes quickly transition into pure, liquid jasmine, with the jasmine aftertaste kicking in before I’ve swallowed. It finishes with a slightly vegetal taste, and the aftertaste is all jasmine. I almost want to call it a bubblegum experience, as with the initial spell. This tea is lovely, though not as complicated as I had hoped. I have yet to find a jasmine pearl in which the tea has more of a presence.

Overall, this is a lovely tea. I’d say that newbies would enjoy it, though I think that seasoned sippers might be a bit bored. It’s a good everyday tea.

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

I think that 190F is the ideal temperature for most Jasmine Pearls. In my experience if you go any lower they won’t unfurl during the first steeping and some of the flavor gets lost.

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This was originally when I feel in love with very good tea. Peet’s Jasmine Downy Pearls was fabulous! Cup after cup, tin after tin. It was my everyday pot of tea and was still special year after year. Then when Peet’s transferred their teas over to Mighty Leaf, the jasmine pearls went up in price AND down in quality. Over processed, bitter not delicate, the flavor went downhill. It was really depressing. That started my now years long search for a good replacement.

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44 tasting notes

Rather bitter taste.. I’ll attribute it to the severely high temperature that they have the water at, which you can’t blame them for, though..

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20 tasting notes

Fantastic. Continue to enjoy.

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1812 tasting notes

First cup was way too strong (their fault, not mine). Second steeping was much better.

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