12 Tasting Notes


Alas, I have finished this tea. I expected the final set of steepings to be weak since there were so few leaves left, but I accidentally over-steeped it for almost 6 minutes, and it wasn’t bitter. I will miss this tea very much. Truly a damn fine tea.

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Ha! I accidentally steeped this for 12 minutes, and it still tasted amazing. Any other tea on my shelf would taste bitter and horrible after such an over-steeping. WINNER.


Still great — most teas become half-hearted by the third steeping, but not this one.

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Fantastic – even more drinkable without additives than the Red-Tailed Hawk. After having this tin for half the time I’ve had the Red-Tailed Hawk, there’s already less of this left than remains in the other tin. That’s a testament to how often I reach for it during my most uncaffeinated bleariness.

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I always used to drink all my tea without embellishment. Black, green, herbal, straight up. Then I had surgery and all I wanted during my recovery was tea with lots and lots of honey in it.

Now I’m drinking some teas plain again. This one definitely makes a good start for that. When Erik and Charles say that the Red-Tailed Hawk is “bright” I take this to mean that the flavors can stand on their own, without the aid of sweet or milky things. That’s refreshingly true in this case.

Boiling 3 min, 15 sec

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This tea is best with something cinnamon-flavored or maybe orange-flavored, when hot. However, this morning I had some cold, and it was delicious by itself. Remember this in the summer when you’re making iced tea!

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Wow, I finally steeped this correctly today. I’ve been consistently either over-brewing this tea, or putting too few leaves in, or not warming up the cup or pot enough. This tea is a bit fussier than some, for sure, but it’s completely worth it. It’s a bit of a paradox with tea, because that moment when you aren’t yet caffeinated enough to do things right is when you have to figure out how to brew correctly!

Also, it goes really, really well with cinnamon sugar coffee cake.

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drank Gen Mai Cha by Teaism
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Not as good as Tealuxe or Teavana Gen Mai Cha, but definitely a decent cup.

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I’ve tried about ten different Jasmine Pearls, and this one is the weakest of the lot. By that I mean one has to put about five times the amount of leaves into the strainer to get the same strength of flavour from this brand, as compared to other brands. Comparing the amount of leaf to the price, this is just outrageous. I definitely won’t be buying this again.

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As others have said, this tea is a bit “meh” compared to loose-leaf varieties. Yet for a bagged tea, it’s surprisingly good. It’s also the only bagged Pearled Jasmine I’ve ever found, and is convenient to buy during weekly shopping trips, at a very good price. A nice fall-back for those times when the loose-leaf pearled jasmine has run out.

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drank Genmaicha by Eden
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This is my go-to bagged tea, since it’s easy to find in stores, and is one of the few caffeinated non-loose-leaf teas that I really enjoy. I don’t know if this is because I’m an overall fan of Genmaicha, or because of the actual quality of this tea.

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