For my first tea I shall be reviewing one of my favourite flavoured teas, a Jasmine tea.
I got this tea as part of a subscription box from British based company Curious tea. It was one of four teas in the box and I intend to get round to reviewing them all.
This is a Jasmine green tea called phoenix eyes because the leaves are rolled into a shape that supposedly resembles the eyes of a phoenix. Then like many Jasmine teas the tea leaves are laid out between alternating layers of Jasmine flowers so they absorb the Jasmine aroma.
Jasmine tea is one of the oldest types of flavoured tea around. It is very popular in China where it is traditionally served to guests.
Packaging: Very clear and very informative. It is immediately obvious what the tea is, the recommended brewing parameters and the origin of the tea.
Brewing recommendations: 2-3 minutes at 80 degrees.
My brewing recommendations: 3 minutes at 80 degrees increasing steeping time with each infusion.
Taste: The tea smells absolutely gorgeous with a very strong Jasmine aroma and taste.
Subsequent infusions: The tea leaves unroll when steeped in hot water, during the first infusion they do not completely unfurl this leaves plenty of flavour for subsequent infusions though with each infusion the Jasmine flavour decreases and becomes more subtle so it is easier to taste the actual green tea which is a good quality green tea which is smooth with no astrigency. I got three infusions out of one teaspoon full of leaves.
Conclusion: A good quality Jasmine green tea. I prefer this to the more common Jasmine pearls as I find the Phoenix eye leaves do not unfurl as quickly leaving more flavour for subsequent infusions.