Review: Teasenz Jasmine Dragon Pearls

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Thumbs up!"The flavours are definitely floral, without them being overwhelmingly so. It’s a very pleasant cup, hitting all the requisite notes for a jasmine tea. Highly recommended!"
Sophie’s Teaview: 9.1/10
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teasenzdragonpearlsThese pearls are produced in the Chinese province of Fujian. The leaves are scented over several nights, layered with fresh jasmine flowers. Once the desired aroma is achieved, they are further processed and eventually hand rolled into balls the size of peas. They are quite pretty, looking like miniature balls of yarn, blending silver and olive green threads. Their aroma is very floral but not overly strong – a good sign in my books.

I steep 3 grams of pearls, or about a heaping teaspoonful, in 250ml of water heated to 80 degrees Celsius for 1 minute, as per Teasenz’s directions. The pale gold cup has a mild floral yet buttery scent to it. The leaves in my infuser however smell potently of jasmine, so I am a bit concerned that the brew will taste soapy. Fortunately the results are perfectly well balanced, sweet and smooth. The flavours are definitely floral, without them being overwhelmingly so. It’s a very pleasant cup, hitting all the requisite notes for a jasmine tea.

I infused the pearls again for 2 minutes. The results are similar but featuring more of the tea’s flavour this time. There is a tiny, welcome amount of astringency, as well as grassier notes to the cup. Again, it’s very satisfying, especially once it has cooled a little.

A third steep is a little less creamy and more mineral, following a 3 and a half minute-long brew. Jasmine notes still infuse the finish with a good dose of sweetness. These leaves have a remarkable amount of stamina.

I decide to try a fourth brew. After a 5 minute-long infusion, the cup is more mineral and watery, with just a hint of jasmine. It’s completely smooth and drinkable but pales compared to the previous brews.

These are some of the best jasmine pearls I’ve tried. Their flavour is obviously perfumed with the blooms’ scent, without being cloying. The tea used here provides an unobtrusive, smooth, slightly grassy base that lets the jasmine shine to its fullest. The pearls are also relatively reasonably priced, considering that the scenting and the hand rolling of the leaves is rather labour intensive. Highly recommended!

— To purchase Teasenz Jasmine Dragon Pearls, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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