|"While this tea does present a decent floral profile, it's obscured by the roughness of the tea base. There is too little reward in return for such a finicky leaf to recommend it to others."|
I unfortunately discovered this to be a rather finicky tea. I first loosely followed MTW's recommendations, steeping a heaping teaspoonful in 8 ounces of water heated to 170 degrees Fahrenheit for 3 minutes, but found the cup to be over-brewed. I started over using a level teaspoonful, infused for the leaves for 2 minutes instead. Still the tea tasted bitter and astringent. I finally found some success bringing down the brewing temperature to 160 degrees. Even so, the tea has a rather acerbic edge to it, in a grassy kinda way. The blooms soften it somewhat but I'm still not entirely satisfied. This type of profile is not at all what I associate with the normally forgiving and smooth pouchongs.
On the upside, these leaves are incredibly hardy and can be reused a number of times. They always present a relatively rough, grassy profile. Fortunately it gets toned down over time, taking on a more grainy and fruity quality. In fact, my favourite infusion of this tea was my fourth, after a 6 minute-long steep. There is just a hint of jasmine left at this point but the leaves have somehow taken on a honey-peach flavour that is quite delicious.
While this tea does present a decent floral profile, it's obscured by the roughness of the tea base. While it is drinkable, I wouldn't buy this for myself and hesitate to recommend it to others, especially because of the little reward in return for such a high maintenance leaf. If I were to buy a jasmine tea from this retailer, I would reach for their excellent jasmine pearls instead.
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