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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 anyway.

In short:  I'm still tweaking the brewing specs, but I think I may like this one.


Type:  Green tea (Flavored with jasmine)

Brewing Specifics:
-- 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