I wanted to thank Adagio for the opportunity to try all of these awesome teas! I have been using their Ingenuitea accessory for so many reviews, I thought it was only appropriate that I also review some of their teas as well!
Today we will be tasting the Jasmine Pearls. In the context of tea, anytime you here the word “pearls” it usually means that these are tea leaves that have been rolled and pressed to make near perfect spheres. These pearls much smaller than their counterparts, about the size of a pea. This is what's known as a "scented tea" meaning that the tea leaves have been infused with the aroma of another plant, usually a flower. Jasmine teas are one of the most common types of scented teas because jasmine flowers make for such a beautiful pairing with green tea leaves. The jasmine flowers add additional aromatic elements to the tea that accentuate the flavor. A lot of jasmine teas don't actually combine the jasmine flowers with the tea, but rather place them on top of the tea overnight to scent them. This particular tea contains the occasional jasmine bud, so it is almost a blended tea rather than a scented tea.
I want to start with a little disclaimer. Over the past few weeks I have had the opportunity to try some of the best teas in the world, so my standards are quite high. While Adagio does have very good tea, I believe it is unfair to compare it with the directly sourced, small farm teas I have been trying recently. Adagio has a special place in my heart because it was one of the companies I would buy from when I was starting my adventure into the world of tea. They have very good teas at good prices, but some of the more experienced connoisseurs may prefer a tea from a smaller company that sources teas from small farms like Nio for Japanese tea and Yunwei for Chinese tea.
The aroma coming off of the first steep is fresh and full of energy. It reminds me of a breezy summer day. That could possibly be because this is the exact tea I used to use to make a delicious iced tea in the summer. By the way, if you haven’t found a good iced tea yet, I couldn’t recommend this more. It’s absolutely amazing cold!
The first sip really exceeded my expectations. It was so fresh and aromatic. There is a lingering bitterness to this tea that is so delicious it makes me want to keep drinking it. Even though the flavors in this tea are powerful, the tea stays clear and crisp. The aftertaste is bitter, but it adds a nice fresh breezy feeling similar to that of fresh peppermint.
This tea is making me feel alert and ready for action. I just want to go outside and enjoy the day! For some reason I always associate this tea with summer, perhaps there’s some reasoning behind this.
I decided to take the tea for a second steeping. From my experience, these jasmine teas lose most of their flavor after the first steeping. I am quite impressed with this tea so far and if it can give any flavor at all after this steeping, I will be completely won over.
The second steeping of this tea is quite good. It does not have as many aromatic components as its counterpart, but there is still a distinct jasmine aroma and scent coming from this tea. What I really notice most is the bitterness. The aftertaste is every bit as mouth watering as it was before. I am surprised at how powerful this second steeping is and I enjoy it nearly as much as the first one.
I’ve decided that this tea is a must have. For jasmine pearls, it comes at a very reasonable price and it tastes fantastic. It also has a very strong second steeping, which means you get twice as much tea for the same price! Such a good deal.
So far we have reviewed white Phoenix pearls and jasmine pearls. We have one more pearl tea to review so please stay tuned