Review: ThepuriTea Jasmine Silver Needle

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Thumbs up!"The leaves and the jasmine are expertly blended and complement each other perfectly. This blend's velvety sweetness and refreshing finish really stand out. Highly recommended!"
Sophie’s Teaview: 9.1/10
Other Teaviews: Jamie gave it 7.5/10, Kyle gave it 8.9/10, Shaiha gave it 7.2/10
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This blend promises a “robust, sweet, smooth jasmine flavour”. The needles are large, plump and velvety. A few yellow shreds of flower petals can also be seen here and there. A gentle jasmine aroma perfumes the leaves. While it's not very strong, the blooms' scent is rather satisfying in that it's complex, subtle and not at all cloying.

Since I did not find any recommended brewing instructions on thepuriTea's website, I relied on my usual method for white teas. I steeped 3 grams of leaf (about 2 teaspoonfuls) in 8 ounces of water heated to 65 degrees Celsius for 5 minutes. The pale gold-coloured cup has an uplifting jasmine aroma. Again it's rather discrete but satisfying. The blend does not disappoint, displaying velvety smooth floral tones mixed with sweet peach, honeydew and grass notes. The finish has a delicious honeyed quality to it that is clean and refreshing. The leaves and the jasmine are expertly blended and complement each other perfectly.

I tried a second steep following a 7 minute-long infusion. The tea is much less sweet this time around, with lots of gentle hay and grass notes. It now seems to feature the leaves rather than the blooms. This is a different but equally good cup compared to the first.

A better than average third cup can even be had. After a 9 minute brew, the results are sweet and smooth. The jasmine is still there but has receded further into the background. Fortunately the leaves lend their delicate grape, honeydew and grass notes to fill the gap admirably. Again the finish is clean and crisply satisfying.

This blend's velvety sweetness and refreshing finish really stand out. While both the leaves and the blooms are generously flavourful, the results are rather delicate overall. I'm not sure that this tea would stand up to the strong-tasting foods thepuriTea suggests as pairings. Besides, this is a tea that deserves to be enjoyed on it's own. While it's expensive, it does seem worthwhile considering its quality and the labour involved to scent the leaves. Also a number of formats are available starting at 3$, so jasmine fans don't have to break the bank to try it out. Highly recommended!

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