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Stash Jasmine Blossom Green Tea Review
A Surprisingly Strong & Enjoyable Jasmine Green Tea
Summary : An excellent jasmine green tea, plain and simple. The strong jasmine flavor and fragrance of the tea will satisfy even the most finicky of jasmine tea lovers.
Review : I will confess at the outset that I was fully expecting to truly despise this tea and relegate it to the drain after my first sip. See, years ago I had the dubious honor of sampling perhaps the worlds worst green tea in existence, Stash's Premium Green Tea. You know, the type of horrible green tea that is usually served at lousy Chinese restaurants throughout the US. Thus, I don't mind stating that I was not looking forward to trying this tea at all, as the memories of that awful "tea tasting experience" will likely never go away.
Yet, I like to consider myself an impartial tea reviewer. And because I am a sucker for any tea that contains jasmine, when I saw a box of Stash's Jasmine Blossom green tea on sale I was unable to resist the temptation to buy it and, well, let us just say "hope for the best."
Here is how Stash describes this tea on the box : "Tea enriched with the fragrance of jasmine blossoms has been a favorite since the Sung dynasty ruled China, more than 800 years ago. For our version of this celebrated Chinese scented tea, we combine the finest China green teas with fragrant jasmine blossoms for a perfume-like bouquet and a delicate, flowery taste."
The tea contains exactly one ingredient : jasmine green tea leaves.
Now, with my disappointing Stash premium green tea tasting experience still in my mind despite it happening years ago, I read the description on the box rather dubiously - basically substituting anything good that is said on the box with anything bad and opposite of what the box said.
And so in that frame of mind I ripped open the foil package to give this tea a try.
Much to my surprise, I was immediately greeted by the lovely fragrance of jasmine! And not some wimpy fragrance, either. I'm talking about a strong, powerful and very aromatic jasmine fragrance that, for the moment at least, drowned all the worries I had about this tea.
Once brewed, the tea looks exactly like a green tea should look : pale green.
And the jasmine fragrance, happily, remained even after the tea was brewed. This is a very good sign if past experience in tasting jasmine teas is any guide. Far too often a jasmine tea will have a nice fragrance "out of the bag" but once brewed the jasmine aroma and flavor are mysteriously absent.
But not in this tea. One sip of this tea and I knew I found a winner. This jasmine green tea from Stash has a real powerful jasmine flavor. Indeed, I'd have to say that this teas flavor is nearly as strong as some of the best loose-leaf jasmine green teas I've tried before.
Equally important, this tea lacks any sort of bitterness or grassy flavor. All too often, bagged green teas pack a nasty bitterness to them due to low quality tea leaves being used. Other green teas are reminiscent of eating grass from your backyard. Happily, neither of these negative traits about green tea are found in this wondeful jasmine tea from Stash.
Now granted, I set the bar really low for this tea. So low, in fact, that an earthworm could hop over it with room to spare. Thus, it is possible my optimism for this tea is a bit "overdone."
Yet, I finished this tea and enjoyed every sip of it. And there's no doubt at all that the next time I'm in the mood for a "no-fuss" bagged jasmine green tea that I'll be reaching for this tea again.
Then there was the aftertaste. I've found very few grocery market type teas have much of an aftertaste. This tea, however, proved an interesting exception. While Stash's jasmine green tea doesn't have the powerful and lingering aftertaste found in, say, Mighty Leaf's Jasmine Green Tea - the aftertaste is still rather strong and does linger for many minutes after you take the last sip. Just as important, the aftertaste is pleasant, not bitter.
Overall, this is an excellent jasmine green tea that compares favorably to many quality loose-leaf jasmine green teas. If you enjoy the fragrance and flavor of jasmine, then absolutely give this tea a try. Anyone who does likely will be just as surprised as I was on this cold, dark, December evening.
Recommendation : Yes. This is one of the best bagged jasmine green teas I've ever had - much to my amazement. If you love teas with jasmine in them - or simply want to try one - I highly recommend this tea.
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