Emerald Ice from WhiteAugust Tea Company

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  WhiteAugust Tea Company

Product Description:

All the good stuff. Beautiful green tea, Ginger, Jasmine and tropical fruits. Our beautifully refreshing melody was made for iced tea and packed with antioxidant richness.

Taster’s Review:

I tasted this tea back in January, but I saved the review for it until May because Emerald is the birthstone for May (and my birthday is in May), so I thought it was appropriate.  Also, because this tea is outstanding as an iced tea, I thought it would be a good time to highlight some of the better iced tea options.

The aroma of the brewed tea smells amazing with notes of flower, tropical fruit and ginger.  It is so delightful!  When I first smelled this tea, I thought back to the Hawaiian Ginger plant that my gramma had in her back yard.  I don’t remember if it smells like this or not – but the tropical/gingery/flowery scent made me think of the Hawaiian Ginger… and warm memories of my gramma are always welcome!

The flavor is just as delightful (if not more so!)  The green tea is the dominant flavor, but, not by much.  It is a nicely balanced set of flavors.  The green tea tastes light and fresh and has a moderate astringency.  It has a unique “green” tea taste in that it doesn’t taste grassy or vegetative, exactly.  Nor does it have a buttery taste that is sometimes associated with green teas.  It falls somewhere in between butter and vegetable, without tasting like either one, if that makes sense.  It is delicious though, and melds well with the flavors.

The jasmine is the next flavor I detect, followed by the ginger.  The ginger doesn’t have that peppery taste, it is more of a mellow spice that nicely compliments the bright flavors of tropical fruit.  In the background rests the tropical fruit flavors.  I taste pineapple distinctly, but I am finding the other flavors difficult to specifically discern… mango perhaps?  Papaya?  It tastes sweet and juicy and delicious.  The jasmine lingers throughout the sip and into the aftertaste.

The unique and delicious combination of flavors in this tea makes it one of my favorites from WhiteAugust!  It is delicious hot, but even better iced!  Refreshing and exhilarating!

Buddha’s Tears from Byron Bay Tea Company

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green & White

Where to Buy:  Byron Bay Tea Company

Product Description:

Buddha’s tears roll tenderly from the tea plant; made with the bud and first two leaves. Carefully plucked and hand-crafted into tiny pearls, they are then scented with fresh jasmine blossoms. Once removed from their floral cocoon, the tiny pearls are ready to be brewed. With a pale liquor and delicate taste, Buddha’s tears provide a soul-soothing treat at any time of day.

Ingredients- Green and White tea scented with Jasmine Flowers

Taster’s Review:

What a lovely jasmine tea!

The ingredients confuse me just a little – this is a “pearl” jasmine tea, and so I don’t know where the white tea comes in to play, unless they are considering the bud attached to the two leaves the white tea.  But, it hardly seems necessary to fuss over such details.

These little “tears” unfurl slowly, releasing their intense flavor… which means many happy infusions for this jasmine enthusiast!  The flavor is sweet and silky.  Sometimes jasmine can come off as slightly bitter or soapy, but not this time.  The jasmine simply tastes lightly floral.  It is very soothing and restorative – and to get full effect of the relaxing effects of this tea I strongly recommend inhaling deeply – taking in the fragrance – before you sip.

The green tea/white tea is delicate and very soft … like clean air and crisp spring leaves!  It has a very comforting feel to it as it washes over the palate.  A delightful tea any time of the day, I find it most welcome later in the afternoon to help calm frazzled nerves.

I do not recommend sweetening this tea as it would overwhelm the gentle flavors of this tea.  I prefer it hot, but it makes a nice iced tea as well (and when I ice jasmine tea, I do add a little sweetener just to perk up the flavors).  It is a refreshing and beautiful tea, no matter how you choose to serve it!

Jasmine Peach Bai Mu Dan from Samovar

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  White

Where to Buy:  Samovar

Product Description:

Organic white tea, organic osthmanthus flowers, organic jasmine flowers, natural peach flavor and natural essential oils of orange and tangerine blended in the U.S.

Flavor Profile: Consummately floral, with notes of fresh citrus, white peach, white pepper, toasted amaranth and a trace of fresh blueberries.

Taster’s Review:

This is a beautifully floral tea – I love how well the jasmine and the osmanthus work together.  It creates a light and lively flower-y essence that is not sharp like some floral notes can be, and because of the fruit-like flavors of the osmanthus, the flavors here do not come across as soapy.

The white tea is very delicate here.  There is a whisper of vegetation to this tea that is barely there, mostly what I taste from the tea is the white tea sweetness with a hint of spice.  It sits in the background, making its presence known without being too obsequious.

The peach flavor is the real star – I love how it shines through!  It tastes like a fresh, ripe peach, bursting with flavor!  The citrus tones of this tea bring a little tangy flavor to the cup, just enough tart to keep it from being too sweet.

This is a lovely white tea.  It is one that was sold out at the time that I wrote this review, I do hope that the supply will be replenished.  It is a fantastic springtime tea!

Jasmine Pearl from Objective Tea

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Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  At the time of writing this review, the website for Objective Tea appeared to be closed.

Product Description:

Origin: Yih Ling Yih, Taiwan (3900 ft)
Cultivar: Moli Lu Xiang Pian
Cultivated: 2009

Breathing in the rosy aroma of jasmine never seems to get old. This green tea, flavored with young jasmine flowers will have you brewing tea all day long. Jasmine is used as a stress

reliever in traditional chinese medicine, and taking in the sweet scents of jasmine pearl you will know why.

Taster’s Review:

While doing my basic research for this review, I could not find the website for Objective Tea, and it would appear that they are no longer in business.  However, this is such a delightful jasmine tea that I felt it needed to be celebrated in this review!

I love jasmine pearls.  For the longest time, they were probably my favorite tea.  Since that time, I have discovered many “favorites” but jasmine pearls still remains right there at the top – probably within the top five.

This is one of the finest jasmine pearl teas I’ve encountered in recent memory.  It has a very pleasing jasmine essence that is fragrant and delicious.  The green tea is soft with light vegetative tones.  It has a light sweetness to it that compliments the floral notes of the jasmine very well.

The jasmine is vibrant.  It has a slight sharpness that borders on being slightly bitter, but, it is nothing that I would consider overwhelming.  Instead, I am finding it to be an agreeable contrast to the sweetness of the cup.

I steeped this in my gaiwan using short steep times, and then I filled my special Jasmine Yixing mug with the first five infusions.  The combination of these multiple infusions delivers a smooth, supple mouthfeel with buttery background notes and a beautiful jasmine flavor that lingers in the aftertaste.

I love this jasmine tea, and even though I am so enjoying this, it is almost bittersweet, since this will be the first and last time I’ll be able to enjoy it.

Halo Tea from The Persimmon Tree Tea Company

Tea Type:

Flowering Tea/Blooming Tea (White Tea)

Where To Buy:

The Persimmon Tree Tea Company

Direct link to this tea in their store: http://www.persimmontreetea.com/halo-tea.html

Product Description:

A beautifully hand-crafted blooming white tea that displays a ring of jasmine and amaranth flowers, with blueberry and peach essence.

* Characteristics Mild * Flavors Fruity * Steep Temperature 180˚ * Steep Time 3-5 mins

Tasters Review:

Halo from The Persimmon Tree Tea Company is just outstanding and AMAZING!!!
It perfectly opened/bloomed the first time around without any imperfections whatso-ever and smelled of blueberry and peaches and that’s on top of the floral aroma…how awesome is that for a blooming tea!!??

I could taste the blueberry, peach, and flowers and it’s very yummy!

I tried a 2nd infusion on this and it was still very tasty!  The only notable difference was the 2nd infusion was more floral.  It was still an overall wonderful flavor tho!

This is probably one of my favorite blooming teas or flowering teas I have tried  to date!  This is VERY special!

 

Earl Grey Lavender from Tea Addiction

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Tea Addiction

Product Description:

Ingredients: Blended black tea, lavender, jasmine, and flavoring.

Is the stress of life getting to you?

Enjoy a cup of Earl Grey Lavender with its relaxing lavender scent and flavor. The beautiful purple flowers are said to ease headaches, insomnia, and stress. The addition of jasmine flowers is thought to relieve stress, elevate the mood, and aid in digestion. This steep is definitely not the typical Earl Grey!

Taster’s Review:

As the above description suggests, this is not the typical Earl Grey – but it is an excellent Earl Grey!  Superb!

When I opened the package, my nose was greeted with the beautiful fragrance of bergamot, lavender and a hint of jasmine.  I did not expect to see so many flower blossoms and petals in the tin – this is definitely a tea that you need to shake gently before opening to redistribute the flowers evenly throughout the tea.  A small amount of effort to exert for one of the very best lavender flavored Earl Grey teas I’ve ever tasted!

The black tea flavor is pleasantly brisk and offers a nice background flavor.  While it lends its strong flavor to the cup, it seems perfectly content to allow the flavors to really come through and express themselves fully.

The lavender is strong, but it doesn’t overpower the blend.  Instead, it is masterfully balanced with the bergamot, giving just enough of its flavor to the bergamot to accent some of the flowery notes of the fruit.  I can also taste a hint of the jasmine.  It isn’t a strong jasmine presence but that little note of jasmine adds a very interesting dimension to the cup.

As I’ve already eluded to, this is a well-balanced cup.  The bergamot does not try to overwhelm the lavender just as the lavender does not overpower the bergamot.  And somehow, the addition of the flowery flavors not only enhances the flowery taste of the bergamot, but, it also allows the citrus flavors to shine through.

The overall cup is sweet, feminine and juicy!  I love this!

Jasmine Snow Dragon Premium from Shang Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  White

Where to Buy:  Shang Tea

Product Description:

Ingredients: 100% Organic White tea leaves, Jasmine flowers- Antioxidant Rich

Truly a treasure tea, freely rolled tea leaves open to present a delicate and beautiful jasmine flavor. Jasmine Snow Dragon is a signature tea of Shang Tea .

Taster’s Review:

Do you love jasmine?  I mean, really love jasmine?  If your answer is yes, then have I got a tea for you!

I happen to LOVE jasmine tea.  The aroma is intoxicating, and the flavor elevates me to a place of pure joy when I sip it.  And this Jasmine Snow Dragon from Shang Tea is one of the BEST jasmine teas I’ve ever tasted.

From the moment I opened the pouch of this tea, I knew I was about to try something very special.  The aroma was so sweet and floral – it took my breath away.  It smelled like I was walking into a jasmine jungle!  Now, I don’t know if such a place exists, but if it did, it would smell like this tea.  It was as though I were surrounded by jasmine vines and shrubs while the petals “rained” down upon me.

And that amazing fragrance continues with the brewed tea.  Do be sure to inhale deeply before taking a sip of this tea.  My nostrils fill with the delightful scent of jasmine.

And the flavor!  OH!  The flavor!  It tastes so extravagant!  So luxurious!  (Forgive the exclamations!)

The jasmine flavor is very pungent – sweet floral notes with a bit of a sharp, bitter taste from the jasmine.  To the point where it might be off-putting for those who do not love jasmine.  But if you do love it – you will think you’ve died and gone to heaven.

The white tea base is very soft but it is not completely overpowered by jasmine.  There are soft, fresh notes from the white tea with the faintest whisper of vegetative taste.  The overall cup is sweet, very floral and just enough bitterness to keep it all interesting.

I recommend brewing this one in your gaiwan, using a little extra leaf and very short steeps.  This will get the most sweetness out of the jasmine without allowing it to develop to the point of being more bitter than sweet.

I LOVE this tea!  LOVE it!

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