Sunday, June 15, 2014

My Cuppa: Jasmine dream come true!

A few weeks ago, my good friend Marina gave me another sample of tea to try out. This time, I got a full box of loose leaf tea. Sweet! She especially liked this particular tea and thought I would too. It’s a flavoured green tea called Jasmine Dream by Greenfield, the same company I test drove the last tea. The package did not indicate what kind of green tea it was, only that it was an “excellent Chinese estate green tea with jasmine flavour”. 

The product.

You could really detect the scent of jasmine upon opening the box. The instructions suggested steeping 1 teaspoon of leaves per cup for 3-5 minutes at 100°C. I decided to forego these instructions and steep for 2 ½ minutes at 80°C. I think 100°C is way too hot for green tea and can result in a bitter brew. I brought my water to a full boil and then allowed it to cool down. After checking with a thermometer for the desired temperature, I poured the water over the tea leaves, which I had placed in a diffuser ball. 

The leaves.
The colour of the liquor was golden and the aroma was sweet and fresh like a bouquet of flowers! I liked the taste too which was much like its scent: sweet, fresh, light, floral. There was a slight astringency but no bitter aftertaste. I did a second steeping at 5 minutes which was just as good as the first infusion. A very good tea indeed.

The brew.

Thank you Marina. Keep the tea freebies coming please!

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