Imperial Jasmine Pearls is a Spring harvest, 2016 green tea which has
been hand-rolled into its distinctive pearl shape and naturally scented
with fresh jasmine flowers. The base tea has been plucked to an
extremely high standard and is comprised primarily of tender, young buds
with the occasional bud and single leaf complex mixed in. When infused,
the tea flavor is mild and sweet, which harmonizes perfectly with the
balanced, not-overpowering aroma of fresh jasmine flowers.
The leaves of this dark oxidized oolong tea have been rolled into a ball-shape, similar to the famous green-style oolong teas of the Ali Shan region. When steeped, this tea produces a beautifully clear, reddish-amber infusion with a sweet aroma. There is a familiar, distinct flavor and sweetness unique to the Qing Xin tea cultivar used to produce this tea that comes through clearly in the cup along with some sweet spices (cinnamon perhaps?) and maybe just a touch of dried flowers. The infusion is full-bodied, well rounded in the mouth, and the aftertaste is remarkably sweet & spicy.
dry leaves are a mix of deep browns to blacks with a slightly dusty
appearance and an earthy aroma. When infused, the clear, dark
reddish-brown liquor has a distinctively "old," almost peaty aroma. The
infusions carry elements of "old" from the aroma mixed with earthy
flavors that play nicely against the assertive backbone of semi-aged raw
This tea is comprised of reddish-brown, loosely ball rolled leaves with a
mild, woody aroma. When infused, it produces a reddish amber liquor
with the woody & plummy aromas common to moderately aged oolong tea.
The medium bodied infusion has a nice fruit-tinged peaty/aged flavor
that balances nicely against elements of aromatic wood and dried fruit.
The finish is peaty & sweet with elements of dried plums and moist,
sweet pipe tobacco.