My first tea from Bitterleaf; but hopefully many more in the future. This is definitely a company that’s interested me for quite some time so I’m definitely excited to see the variety of samples in the tea box…
When I was measuring this one out I definitely assumed it was a jasmine scented white tea but before I started infusing I had the thought to actually look this one up and it’s actually a green tea? I mean – these buds look EXACTLY like Yin Zhen. I feel a little cheated that this is green tea; jasmine green is no where near as good as a jasmine white or black, imo.
But the tea tastes pretty solid: I got around six infusions before I got bored with the tea. Not to say that I couldn’t have further infused the tea as the jasmine was still a relatively strong presence in the cup but by that time I was done with the session. I’ve never been a “ten infusions in and still pushing” kind of tea drinker. The jasmine was quite potent in the first infusions though – almost to the point of being just a little nauseating. It didn’t taste artificial or chemical; just mighty intense. In fact, for essentially all my infusions it was such a dominant flavour that I couldn’t really taste the base anyway. Though, when I finally started to get more of a presence of it the flavour was mostly peachy sweetness and a gentle grassy note.
I’m happy to have tried this one; it was a perfect, lighter midday session in a day mostly filled with more heavy bodied/dominant teas. That said, I wouldn’t buy it myself when I have other jasmine teas on hand that I prefer. However, it makes me excited to try more of Bitterleaf’s offerings. Thank you Bitterleaf for your donation to this tea box!