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Balinese Rainbow Jasmine from Green Tea Lovers

Balinese Rainbow Jasmine from Green Tea Lovers

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Green Tea Lovers

Tea Description:

A luxury Jasmine green tea with cornflower, safflower, osmanthus, calendula and sunflower petals. The cup is a heavenly mixture of sweet floral notes and grassy undertones. A fabulous blend befitting the island that gives it its name.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

What a lovely Jasmine.  This is the kind of jasmine green tea I’d recommend to someone who has had jasmine in the past and has found it disagreeable because the jasmine tones were too strong, verging on the edge of soapy.  This jasmine is so gentle and soothing, I think that it could those tea drinker’s beliefs about jasmine tea.

The green tea base is light.  It has a sweet overtone and just a hint of grassy taste.  It is smooth with a creamy note that melds quite nicely with the floral tones.  It is not bitter and there is very little astringency to the cup.  A very nice, mild tea to meld with the exotic flavor of jasmine.

As I’ve already indicated, the jasmine notes here are quite gentle.  It doesn’t come across as soapy or aggressive, instead it is smooth; a very harmonious match for the creaminess of the green tea base.

The osmanthus flower is probably the next flavor that I notice, and it offers a whisper of peach-like flavor that weaves its way in and out of the sip.  Adding a bit of contrast is the sharpness of sunflower.  The other flowers – calendula, cornflower and safflower – do not affect the flavor as much as the affect the appearance of the dry leaf, giving it a gorgeous look to match its beautiful flavor.

Overall, a very smooth floral tea, where the jasmine is the most pronounced of the flowers, but it is not so strong that it overpowers the other floral notes.  A very nice cup; this is one of those jasmine teas that jasmine lovers as well as those on the fence about jasmine are likely to enjoy.

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