There is enormous proportion of the Chinese Green tea industry dedicated to scented teas. Of those several hundred varieties, jasmine makes up the greatest percentage by far.
Today I’m drinking Goldfish‘s Gold Screw Jasmine, a far rarer (and to my mind, more fun) example of Jasmine-Scented Chinese Green than the usual Dragon Jasmine Phoenix Pearls which I believe is produced in Huangshan (The Yellow Mountains), Anhui. Rather than being explosively effuscent of jasmine blossom, Gold Screw offers a milder, more aromatic and sweeter (almost a magnolia) scent. I’d say Gold Screw resembles the flavor one would expect from a Chinese Restaurant jasmine tea, except enhanced by hardy caffeine and a bolder vegetal character. Gold Screw even has a delightful ticklish golden aftertaste that eases my mind into a calmer state. In texture, the full unbroken orthodox leaf preens. The more I swish it in my mouth, the stronger the impression of fine haired Mao Jian. I don’t think it’s an understatement to call Gold Screw the best Chinese Jasmine-scented Green I’ve had in years.
One thing i particularly love about Gold Screw lies in the fact that during brewing, the golden screws unscrew into separate nearly full-length budsets. Without even digging into the spent wet tea, one can easily spot the individual bud-and-one-leaf clumps (verifying a Mao Jian pluck).
- Aroma – 99
- Taste – 96
- Texture – 90
- Spunk – 96
- Price – 87
- Availability – 83
- Appearance – 97
Mean score – 93% sat! Hard to imagine topping this.