Jasmine Pearl Green Tea
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Needles versus Pearls
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A well-balanced Jasmine Pearl tea that is lightly scented with rich body. Made from tippy long tea buds.
There are two types of jasmine green tea. Here are the pros and cons of each.
If you want the highest quality for maximum health benefits, go for a Jasmine Needle such as the Golden Needle King. Made from young, tippy tea buds harvested in spring, she contains high concentration of antioxidants.
If you want bigger bang for your bucks, or just want a delicious everyday beverage, the Jasmine Pearl tea can be excellent choice. There are a couple of things to be aware of.
Many tea shops claim their tea is "tippy", but the reality is slightly more complicated.
As you can see from the picture on the right, even a "tippy" jasmine such as this Phoenix Eyes have very long tea buds. This is because the plant stems have been included.
Now, there is no conspiracy here. These plant stems are essential - otherwise you won't be able to roll the tea into beautiful little balls! Also, even plant stems also contain significant health benefits.
Pearl-shaped tea has a small surface area and keep fresh longer.
AAA Grade (Autumn 2016) - 50 grams
This Phoenix Eye AAA Grade is the highest grade Jasmine Pearl tea we have uncovered so far, and we do like her!
Compared to the Golden Needle King, she is relatively lightly scented. Pleasant to drink and easy to like, her body is rich with a slight astringency.
Durability is very high. On the right is a photo of the tea liquor for first, third and fifth infusion.
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By Dan (Wisconson)
The Moli Fengyan 2010 (AAA Grade) is good, and better than most you would buy at a grocery store in the U.S. indeed. However, it did not have the stronger aroma like the Moli Jinzhen (AAA Grade). At a few dollars more, I would recommend going with the Moli Jinzhen (AAA Grade) due to its wonderful sensory factor and incredible delicate sweet taste.
It looks neat in the pearl shapes and still has an initial aroma before steeping thats fairly good. When steeped, it does not have too strong of an aroma, but is delicate and still there for enjoyment. I was able to steep it twice. However, the Moli Jinzhen (AAA Grade) I was able to steep up to four times with noticeable flavor retention.
Either or, both are very good quality! I will branch out and try other teas from Tea2 (formerly Amazing Green Tea, and it truly is!).
By Carrie (Farmington)
I think my favorite one so far is Moli fengyan2010 AAA Grade. I will definitely order again. :)
The other ones were good, but I bet they are better right after harvest in the spring. Also it is a matter of taste preference. I just like the type of jasmine flavor of the one listed below. Thanks!
By Barbara (Newfields)
I AM VERY PLEASED.
This tea is the most similar to some I bought while in Beijing. That was when I first fell in love with it but didn't buy much choosing instead, to buy several kinds to try them.
I also like the large blossom jasmine tea.
By Michael (Salamander Bay)
Usual high quality and delicate flavour. Delivered to Australia in vacuum packs with out any Customs problem.
Excellent value for money, we use one pearl per mug and wait for it to expand before drinking.
By Jean (Rhode Island)
Delicious jasmine flavor and aroma - full bodied yet mild, light color.
It would have been helpful if a brief description were included with directions as to measurements and brewing time.
Jasmine tea should be brewed the same way as the Dragon Well tea by infusing a small amount of leaves in high temperature water for as long as it takes.
For further information about packaging, brewing, maturation and storage, read Dragon Well Tea - Further Guide.