Nowadays it seems as though every tea company has at least one jasmine tea in stock, and it is usually a jasmine pearl. But that’s quite alright with me, because I love jasmine pearls! There was a time when, if asked the classic question if I were stranded on an island with only one type of tea, what type of tea would it be? The answer would have been jasmine pearls. And although I think I may have found other favorites since then, jasmine pearls continue to be among my favorite teas.
There was also a time when I thought that a pearl was a pearl was a pearl. I have since learned that this is not true. While most pearls are very similar – so much so that it is difficult to discern one from another – there are some that are better than others, some that are just average, and while I have yet to find a jasmine pearl I don’t like, I am sure they are probably out there somewhere too.
I like this Downy Pearl Jasmine from Mark T. Wendell. These fluffy soft pearls render a liquor that tastes soft and creamy. Yes, I said creamy. It has a beautiful jasmine aroma and flavor that is smooth, not sharp. This is a sweet, delicious pearl that is welcome in my teacup anytime!
Mark T. Wendell describes these pearls as
A rare tea produced by hand rolling green tea buds and silvery tips into a tight, pearl shape. The tea is then scented repeatedly with jasmine, creating a wonderfully fragrant bouquet. Upon brewing, each “pearl” unfurls to show the entirety of the tender tea leaves.
When steeping pearls, I highly recommend steeping in a gaiwan. By using many short steeps, you will extract the best flavor as well as get the most tea from your pearls. I don’t recommend sweetening these – they don’t need it! They have a beautiful sweetness without additions.
Such a refreshing, luxurious tea!