Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Tea Review Tuesday - A Review of Mark T. Wendell Tea Company's Downy Pearl Jasmine Green Tea

A Review of Mark T. Wendell Tea Company's Downy Pearl Jasmine Green Tea

Well, these pearls certainly are downy...I felt one of the little balls of tea and it was soft and fuzzy. The jasmine smell is sharp and sweet in the dry leaf, and makes me wonder if the taste will be the same.

I used approximately two teaspoons of pearls, in two cups of water, for three minutes (give or take ten seconds, as I initially forgot to start my timer, oops). At the end of three minutes, the brew was very watery, so I let it sit for two minutes more. At this point, I would like to take a moment to say that while I enjoy the challenge of matching up just the right steeping time with just the right amount of leaf and water to make a delectable cup, I do wish that more companies would give what they believe the ideal steeping conditions to be, even if it is a rough estimate, since not all teas are created equally, and generalizing conditions does not always work out. Regardless, the extra two minutes seems to have helped immensely, as there is greater unfurl to the leaves and more color to the liquor.

The jasmine scent is just as sharp in the completed cup as it was in the dry leaf. And the taste....Wow...that is incredibly...mediocre. Thankfully, the sharpness of the jasmine has not come through in the taste of the liquor, yet everything about it is very average. The flavor is smooth, and light, and has a nice jasmine scent and taste, but, all in all, it just seems to be lacking something in a big way.

I enjoyed drinking it, but Jasmine Pearls are one of my favorites, so that could bias me a bit. I give it a 65 out of 100 on my personal enjoyment scale.

Mark T. Wendell Tea Company's Downy Pearl Jasmine is available from their website, here.
Photo credit to Mark T. Wendell Tea Company.
This review was unsolicited and uncompensated.

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