This was one of several different teas that was kindly gifted to me by Teavivre recently! They asked if I would have an interest in trying anything from their site, and I listed this tea and three others that I had not yet tried. All teas that were a little more floral in nature since I was definitely feeling the Springtime floral vibes on that particular afternoon…
I love dragon balls so, soooo much for their convenience. They’re perfectly portioned for a gaiwan or to brew grandpa style in a giant Western mug (like I did this time), but also wicked convenient for me to grab in the morning and take for my in office days. Bonus points that this was a black tea and even more bonus points that it’s a jasmine black, which is pretty hard to find.
It’s honestly a wonderfully smooth black tea with a very round and malty profile that has undertones of bitter cacao and raisins along with a woodiness in the body as well. Plus, of course, jasmine. It’s a light and more surface level floral jasmine that doesn’t seem to necessarily penetrate the entirety of the tea, but I like how it breaks up some of those more dense tasting notes and makes the whole cup feel a little fresher and lighter. Plus, the jasmine blossoms themselves are really pretty! Keep in mind, however, they do not sink to the bottom of the cup like the rest of the tea when you drink this grandpa style. So, you’re either swallowing the blossoms or you have to utilize nature’s tea filter – your teeth!