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drank Jasmine Pearls by Canton Tea Co
1940 tasting notes

Sipdown no. 104 of 2018 (no. 460 total). A sample.

There was only enough in the sample packet to make one 500 ml pot in the Breville, so this is both a first tasting and a sipdown note.

I assumed this was green tea. Now I see that it is a blend of green and white, according to Steepster. I might have steeped it differently had I known. As it is, I steeped as I would for a green.

I feel like I’m sort of writing a “me too” note here — I agree with everyone who said this doesn’t smell or taste artificial, and that it is a delightful jasmine tea. I also agree with Liberteas that it’s a bit light for my taste, and while part of that may be because of I should have steeped it differently, I don’t know if that’s the entire reason. I do think this is more white than green. The color is very pale yellow, which is more like a white to me than a green tea’s color. And there’s not a lot of flavor coming through from the base, which is also consistent with white rather than green tea pearls.

Still, it’s more about delivering the jasmine. And though I would prefer more intensity, what it does deliver is lovely.

Flavors: Jasmine

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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I got obsessed with tea in 2010 for a while, then other things intruded, then I cycled back to it. I seem to be continuing that in for a while, out for a while cycle. I have a short attention span, but no shortage of tea.

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Personal biases: I drink tea without additives. If a tea needs milk or sugar to improve its flavor, its unlikely I’ll rate it high. The exception is chai, which I drink with milk/sugar or substitute. Rooibos and honeybush were my gateway drugs, but as my tastes developed they became less appealing — I still enjoy nicely done blends. I do not mix well with tulsi or yerba mate, and savory teas are more often a miss than a hit with me. I used to hate hibiscus, but I’ve turned that corner. Licorice, not so much.

Since I find others’ rating legends helpful, I added my own. But I don’t really find myself hating most things I try.

I try to rate teas in relation to others of the same type, for example, Earl Greys against other Earl Greys. But if a tea rates very high with me, it’s a stand out against all other teas I’ve tried.

95-100 A once in a lifetime experience; the best there is

90-94 Excellent; first rate; top notch; really terrific; will definitely buy more

80-89 Very good; will likely buy more

70-79 Good; would enjoy again, might buy again

60-69 Okay; wouldn’t pass up if offered, but likely won’t buy again

Below 60 Meh, so-so, iffy, or ick. The lower the number, the closer to ick.

I don’t swap. It’s nothing personal, it’s just that I have way more tea than any one person needs and am not lacking for new things to try. Also, I have way too much going on already in daily life and the additional commitment to get packages to people adds to my already high stress level. (Maybe it shouldn’t, but it does.)

That said, I enjoy reading folks’ notes, talking about what I drink, and getting to “know” people virtually here on Steepster so I can get ideas of other things I might want to try if I can ever again justify buying more tea. I also like keeping track of what I drink and what I thought about it.

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