Bigelow - Jasmine Green Tea
It's been a long time since I've had hot green tea, so I'm going to
review this accordingly.
I mostly liked this tea,
though I'm in the process of experimenting to find the best way of
brewing it. The first time I made it, I used 160 degree water, and
steeped for 3 minutes. The fragrance was lovely; I adore the scent
of jasmine. Color was a bit lighter than I'd expected, though.
The flavor was very
light and delicate; almost too much so, for me. But, I have to
consider that I've been drinking mostly stronger black teas lately, and
so that's what my palate's tuned to just now.
The second time I made
it, I used 180 degree water and steeped for 4 minutes. This gave a
darker color and stronger flavor. The jasmine smell was lovely, as
before. This time, though, I could taste the jasmine more.
I tentatively liked this cup better, though I still intend to try a few
more things in future cups.
The third time I tried
it, I used boiling water (hey, that's what the box said!) and steeped
for 3 minutes. This gave results almost identical to the first
cup, which leads me to believe that it's not the water temperature
that's important, so much as the steeping time. To me, 3 minutes
was a bit too mild, and yet 4 minutes was rather strong; possibly a bit
too much. Maybe somewhere in between would be best; of course,
your tastes may vary.
Another thing I'd like
to note is that this tea, when brewed with the second set of specs, left
me with a bit of a dry feeling in my mouth and throat. According
to my online sources, this is normal with jasmine teas. It didn't
last too long, and it wasn't that unpleasant, but I wanted to mention it
In short: I'm
still tweaking the brewing specs, but I think I may like this one.
tea (Flavored with jasmine)
-- 2 tea bags in a full 14 oz. mug
-- Pour 160 degree/180 degree/boiling water in, cover, steep for 3-4 minutes
-- Remove tea bags
-- Add sugar to taste