I ordered a four ounce tin of this hoping it would be like dragon pearl jasmine but not in little balls. The dragon pearl jasmine is nice, but it takes quite a bit longer to brew because the tea on the inside of the rolled balls doesn't brew until the outer leaves loosen up. I was not disappointed. A marvelous tea iced or hot, I'll be sure to order more of this when I run out.
My partner is particularly partial to jasmine teas, but it is hard to find good quality teas that really give a lovely scent and flavour of jasmine. We've finished our tin, and from the first to the last cup, this tea was an absolute joy. You could sit and smell the pot all day, and it has a lovely flavour without bitterness. I have just ordered the Yin Hao Jasmine to try next, but you really cannot go wrong with the regular HS Jasmine tea- a wonderful gift or treat for yourself.
I'm a little confused about this tea. In the past, I bought it in the tea sachets, and I had absolutely no problems with it. The fragrance is just wonderful, and it's so smooth, it's almost buttery on your tongue. I don't know how else to describe it! Really wonderful though. My only issue has come with my purchase of the foil teabags. When I used the sachets, I would always steep for 3 minutes with cooler-than-boiling water, and it came out perfectly every time. When I first started using the teabags, it still came out consistently with the taste I expected. But for some reason, as I've been using the teabags in the past few weeks, the tea keeps tasting more bitter every time I use it, though I've been shortening the steeping time incrementally every instance. Sometimes I'll even get the initial taste to come out fine, but after I've removed the bag and the tea has just sat in the cup for 20 minutes or so, it seems to turn bitter, even though it didn't start out that way. Maybe I'm doing something wrong? But I'm quite precise about my tea-making method and I've never had this problem before in years of tea-drinking. For all I know, it could be a problem with my tea storage, but I'm thinking it could be a problem with the tea as well.
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