This tea has been a bit of a disappointment; here we go: Sainsbury’s Taste The Difference Fairtrade Jasmine Tea.
Cost: £1.25 for 100g loose leaf. So far as I know it’s only available in this size.
Brewing instructions: As on the back of all of their products (as far as I’ve observed), they say to brew with boiling water for 3-5 minutes. I think this is rubbish. (More on this under “taste”).
Nose: Jasmine with a bit of acidity.
Taste: … not a fan.
The first time I made this, I brewed it for 3 minutes, as suggested on the pack. It tasted over-strong and a bit bitter. I thought “Hm, well, this is probably because it should really only be brewed for a minute or so” and decided I’d try again later.
I then tried again later – brewing for about a minute and a half. And … the problem is just as bad. (Full disclosure: it was probably reboiled water, but I don’t think that should make a big difference.)
It does taste like black tea with jasmine. I’ll give them that; you can taste the tea and you can taste the jasmine. But I think jasmine tea should be tea with the fragrance of jasmine and a hint of a cleansing acidity … this tastes more like acidity with the fragrance of jasmine and a hint of tea. Ick. Would not recommend, would not buy again – and as it’s jasmine tea I can’t just add lots of milk and sugar and drink it anyway (which is what I’d normally do with black tea I didn’t much like).
Food match: This tea perhaps redeems itself a little bit with food. I drank some of it while eating some white-chocolate-covered almonds (they happened to be around at the time …), and it definitely tasted better – I think the fats in the chocolate contrasted with it. So I would recommend this tea to be drunk with something greasy – pizza from Domino’s, maybe, or take-out chinese food. In that context it would taste fine.
I think that’s almost the first time I’ve had a tea I definitely disliked. What’s your least favourite tea?