|"Although the blend of green and black teas doesn’t make much of a showing/quite find its rhythm, the jasmine and passionfruit blend marvelously. "|
Apart from knowing the ingredients, I don’t think I’d guess it’s a blend from looking at the tea. The leaf pieces are actually mostly a rather fetching sherried black, lightened by just a few ivory bits of the jasmine petals and beige stems, in juxtaposition. With a closer look, there are a handful of grayish green twisted wiggles amidst the leaf pieces that easily go under cover with the range of shapes and small sizes, less than a quarter inch. Casting off shore, the tea’s bouquet is sweetly jasmine, cascading into a passionfruit floral that seems a bit peach gum-like from its concentrated sweetness of dried fruit. Connected through the floral thread with a perfumey talc, the jasmine and passionfruit are delightfully chipper, holding most of the tea’s scent, with a mutter of earthiness in the background from the base tea.
To escape into the tea, The Persimmon Tree suggests steeping at 180°F for three to five minutes, so I ventured on with two teaspoons for three. The tea’s oasis unfolds from a slightly hazy reddish mahoghany brew. The rich looking cup has a medium scent, sweetly perfumed with a mix of jasmine and passionfruit notes. Both blend nicely with one another as the gritty jasmine floral finishes with a warm passionfruit nectar fruitiness. The passionfruit is sweet before fruity, like peach syrup from canned peaches, to accentuate the jasmine’s own sweetness. While there is some sense of the base tea, it’s not so distinctive with a kind of mild earthy, mineral aroma supporting the florals. While the jasmine isn’t the cleanest, the lovely combination and sweetness is just hard to resist.
The tea mounts a similar dynamic in its flavour with a nice mingling of jasmine and passionfruit. Like the aroma, the passionfruit has a dried passionfruit flavour, somewhat marigold-like, more so than fresh passionfruit, but it lends a tasty fruitiness that melds so well with the pleasant jasmine flavour. The base tea isn’t quite as savvy, lightly bitter and a bit indistinct, with a mellow kind of potato skin earthiness and a slight astringency. Yet, from the medium body, the astringency seems to bulk up the weight which seems nicely toothsome but also a tad mealy to muddle the flavour slightly. But, the cheery sweetness of the jasmine lightly ebbs through a light aftertaste amidst a touch of dryness.
To cross the shore for a second steeping, the tea brews up near as dark a hue. Still infused with a delightfully sweet floral fruity aroma, swept with a lemony, polleny peach juice tinged jasmine, the tea’s flavour recedes quite a bit to a light passionfruit. Although the jasmine continues to wave through the bouquet, it becomes rather subtle in the flavour as the sunny passion fruit persists. The base tea is similar to the first cup yet comes more into focus, adding a slightly bitter, diffuse mineral earthiness that isn’t so interesting with the fading florals of the jasmine and passionfruit. Despite the mildness of the base tea, the tea continues to have a medium body and favourable fullness in a smoothed starchiness to the sip. With less astringency, the tea finishes on a sweet note in a light to medium aftertaste flickering with jasmine.
Two infusions of the leaves seems best as a third doesn’t quite go the distance, having a faintly fruity aroma against a light weakly floral flavour. After steeping, the green/black blend of leaves is readily apparent from the CTC bits of the black tea which crush under thumb along side the foggy green leaf pieces.
The combination of jasmine and passionfruit in The Persimmon Tree Tea Company’s Passionfruit Jasmine is indeed a fanciful one. A combination that seems to do better than the combination of the green and black tea which doesn’t seem forward enough in either direction to be as complimentary to the floral flavours. The passionfruit seems a bit more genuine than the jasmine but the sweet fantasy of the pair still makes for a tasty get away.
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