Friday, April 25, 2014

Tea Savant: Spring Jasmine Savant, A Tea Review

This is one of those days that I am so glad I have a notebook full of tasting notes to pull from, because yours truly is entirely unwell. Stuck in bed with a large mug of a trusty belly soothing herbal brew and surrounded by my cats, I feel many naps coming on as I try my best to recover from digestive tract trying to pull a coup d'etat. Before Morpheus takes me away on an adventure to slumber land, here is today's spring themed tea. 

Today's tea came to me thanks to a little bit of luck, Tea Savant was having a giveaway on Facebook and I entered and won, go me! Unlike my usual loose leaf tea, Spring Jasmine Savant came to me in a nice pyramid bag. For the record, pyramid bags are certainly teabags that I do not mind since they usually use large leaves and allow the tea to expand. Plus, there is that useful convenience aspect of the tea being in a bag, hello easy cleanup! The aroma of the tea is very sweet and heady, with lots of jasmine flower heaviness. I have a mixed track record with Jasmine, I love it intensely but I have to be in the right mood because it is not a delicate flower, it has an intense headiness that feels heavy and makes me feel a bit sleepy. There is a faint hint of fresh vegetation tying in the green aspect of this flowery green tea.

The steeped teabag and accompanying tea has a rich and heady aroma, the jasmine is really quite intense. It reminds me of the Confederate Jasmine my mother and grandmother each had in their gardens, a very nostalgic aroma. There is a leafy aroma as well as jasmine, a tiny bit vegetal and a tiny bit fresh vegetation giving the tea a very nature like aroma.

At the first sip I notice there is mild vegetal and vegetation, a bit of grass, a bit of fresh leaves, and bit of kale giving the tea a tiny bit of that bitter herb taste. Of course there is a lot of jasmine, actually most of the taste of this tea is heady jasmine with its subtle sweetness and strong floral notes. It is a little overpowering but if you are in the mood for a strong jasmine tea, this really hits the spot. There is also a slightly fruity aftertaste which I really think adds to the experience. I do feel like this should be named Summer Jasmine Savant because it is very evocative of summer in full bloom rather than the delicate aspects of spring, but that is just me being silly.

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