The folks at California TeaHouse have been extra patient with me. They sent me samples to review some time ago, and I'm just now getting around to it! But here we are....the first review is Jasmine Pearl tea.
Leaf: The dry pearls are pretty, a mix of dark and light, with dried jasmine flowers added into the mix. I'm fond of these little hand-rolled gems, and this one is particularly fetching.
Brewing: I brewed this tea harshly, I wanted to push it to find anything I didn't like. I brewed it with too-hot water for a too-long time. (By the way, this is what professional tea tasters do, all teas brewed at the boil for longer than you'd think reasonable. A poor tea can't be hidden in this manner.)
Result: The leaf unfolded well (see below). The tea liquor was light and aromatic, not cloying or synthetic smelling, two peeves I have with jasmine teas. The flavor was nice, even after my harsh treatment. The only fault I could find was that the aftertaste seemed a bit metallic, but again - I pushed the tea hard. Upon another brewing in gentler manner, the aftertaste concern disappeared.
I've got two more California TeaHouse teas to review, which I'll do soon, I promise!!
Have you tried Jasmine Pearl tea? What do you expect from it or like about it?