|"It's not a particularly mild or subtle jasmine tea, but it's delicious."|
Terrace Bloom is a company specializing in privately sourced teas from Yunnan, China. They are brand spanking new, so as of this review, they only have three teas available, all of which I got the chance to sample. The first thing I noticed about their teas is that the person in charge of packaging and marketing materials is amazing. My sample bags arrived in clear bags, tucked into the most beautiful pouches made of flowers pressed in pulp paper. I love the logo and the packaging, and everything looks very professional.
I was warned ahead of time that the “blooming” in the name of this tea doesn’t denote a literal flowering tea, but just a signature jasmine blend, so I’m not surprised when I see the bags full of big leaves and bits of flowers. I brew one bag in 6 ounces of 185° water for three minutes.
The green base is robust, blended with a strong jasmine scent and flavour. This isn’t a delicate, sweet jasmine, and there’s a strong, though not unpleasant, bitterness. It’s not a particularly mild or subtle jasmine tea, but it’s delicious.
I steep again for one minute and get a cup that’s much milder, though still flavourful. It’s less bitter, and more aromatic than flavourful, and overall I’d say I enjoy it better. The first steep is good, but the second one is great. It’s actually kind of nice to get one rich infusion and one tame one from the same teabag.
Since this tea comes in silken pyramid infusers, unsurprisingly, it’s a bit expensive per cup. But I enjoy having some bagged teas around, so this would be worth keeping around. Besides, Terrace Bloom promises that eventually they’ll expand in to loose leaf teas.
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