When it comes to teas in tea bags purchased at a supermarket, Madame Flavour is the brand that distinguishes itself by using loose leaf grade tea, that is whole rolled tea leaves rather than crushed tea leaves. This results in a sweeter and grassier flavour without the bitterness extracted from crushed tea leaves. While other brands may use pyramid-shaped tea bags, this makes less of a difference than the use of loose leaf grade tea. This here is the Madame Flavour Green Jasmine & Pear.
Steeping one tea bag in 200 ml of 80°C water for 90 seconds yields a golden yellow liquor fragrant with jasmine notes. These floral notes come through from the first sip and give way briefly to crisp notes of uncooked Packham pears before the earthier notes of Chinese green tea emerge in the latter part of the body. The jasmine flavour is bright without being heady, while the notes of pear are pleasantly fresh without the acidity and flavour of cooked pears and do not add a sweetness to the green tea. The tea leaves a brief aftertaste of jasmine and a slight lingering astringency.
The steeping time and temperature I’ve used deviate from the recommended use of freshly boiled water for 2 – 3 minutes, which results in a much too bitter and astringent flavour.
This box of Madame Flavour Green Jasmine & Pear contained 18 pyramids. The tea originated in Sri Lanka and was purchased in Sydney, Australia in 2016.