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Republic of Tea Jasmine Jazz Green Tea Review
A Nice, Flowery Tasting Green Tea
Summary : If you enjoy a good jasmine tea, you'll definitely like this jasmine green tea from the Republic of Tea. The flavor and aroma of jasmine is quite strong, yet doesn't totally overwhelm the subdued green tea flavor. A nice way to get your jasmine and your antioxidants, too.
Review : Nevada is not exactly home to the botanical gardens of the world. Indeed, most "flowers" you see in Nevada during the spring/summer are in fact weeds! Perhaps because of this, I have to resort to teas to get my "flower fix," especially in the dead of winter like now.
And as I found myself in a "flowery mood," for reasons unknown, I dug through my samplers I bought from the Republic of Tea for a "flowery tea," with the Jasmine Jazz Green Tea being the first to show itself.
The Jasmine Jazz Green Tea from the Republic of Tea contains the following ingredients : Rare Yin Hao green tea leaves, jasmine blossoms.
Here is how the Republic of Tea describes this tea : "Sweet green leaves mingle with fragrant blossoms. Exquisite bouquet and distinct flavor. A perfect balance to strong foods."
The aroma of the tea leaves were not quite as strong as expected...some jasmine teas really pack quite the punch when you open up the package and take a whiff of the tea leaves. Yet, there definitely is the distinct aroma of jasmine...just not as strong as some other teas.
And you know what...this less powerful aroma shows up in the flavor of the tea once brewed. Make no mistake, this IS a jasmine tea. It's just not as strong as drinking a pure herbal jasmine tea.
Instead, and I'll give Republic of Tea credit for this, they nicely blended the subtle taste of quality green tea leaves with not-so-overwhelming flavor of jasmine blossoms. The result is a very nicely balance tea. The flavor of jasmine is most definitely there, and is quite distinct, but isn't as powerful as a pure herbal jasmine tea is.
And for me at least, that is a good thing personally. Unless you are REALLY in the mood, a pure jasmine herbal tea can really overwhelm you with its strong, flowery taste. For this reason, I found this blend quite appealing to both my tongue and to my stomach.
Like other jasmine teas, this particular jasmine green tea packs quite the after-taste to it. The flowery jasmine taste just lingers on and on and on, and really doesn't get noticeably weaker either until substantial time has gone by. As I love a good-after taste, this is a positive thing. But, if you plan on drinking this right before bedtime, well, be prepared for a flowery taste in your mouth as you fall asleep.
Recommendation : Most definitely. This tea nicely combines high quality green tea with jasmine blossoms. It is nicely balanced too, meaning that the powerful flavor of jasmine doesn't totally overwhelm the subtle taste of the green tea. The flavor of jasmine also isn't as strong as say in a herbal jasmine tea.
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