Last week I had the great opportunity to try 3 different teas from the company TeaQuinox. After looking at their website, I must say I am very impressed with their selection. Not only do they have just about every tea you would want, they also include descriptions and background information about each variety.
It was difficult to choose which one I wanted because I wanted to try all of them! Eventually, I settled on Gyokuro, Jasmine Pearls and Liu’an Gua Pian because I am a huge fan of green teas.
This tea has always been a fascination of mine. I’ll never forget the first cup of Genmaicha I drank and how it totally changed my understanding of green tea. If done right, this tea has a very distinct vegetal profile to it that channels the vast green tea fields from which it originates. I definitely felt this Gyokuro was on par with some of the better ones I’ve tried. Rather than having the full-bodied flavor you find with many black teas, this tea has a more plant-like flavor. Some Japanese green teas almost take on a seaweed-like flavor, which I definitely noticed with this one. Overall, this was a very good Gyokuro and it is available for a reasonable price. I am glad I was able to try this.
This tea is always a fun one to have in the house. It’s nice to make when you have company around because it really makes you feel classy. These tea leaves are rolled into tight pearls and then covered with a blanket of fresh Jasmine flowers overnight. This allows the tea to take on the aroma and flavor of the jasmine flowers. Another great thing about this tea is you get to watch the pearls unfurl after you pour the water in. This helps you know when your tea is ready and it allows you to have a greater appreciation for the process of brewing tea. While these Jasmine Pearls were slightly smaller than ones I’ve had in the past, they were no less flavorful! The aroma of the tea was a beautiful and delicate Jasmine and the tea itself was smooth and floral. It was so good I just had to make a pitcher and share with my friends. I highly recommend it!
Liu’an Gua Pian
This was actually the only variety of tea on the list that I have not tried before. It was also the one I enjoyed the most. The leaves are rolled into beautiful green strips that become even brighter after they have been steeped. The flavor itself is reminiscent of other Chinese green teas I’ve tried. The closest flavor I can think of is one of my favorites, Dragonwell. If you are a Dragonwell fan like I am, I think you will love this tea just as much if not more. The only flaw I find with Dragonwell is that I believe it requires me to use too many leaves in order to reach the desired flavor. With this tea, a little pinch of leaves goes a long way and for that, I must say I like it even more.