This morning I made Jasmine Dragon Pearls (Green Tea) from Teavana. My boyfriend convinced me to purchase this and I’m glad he did: there is definitely a huge difference between tea bags and loose leaves when it comes to green tea (and most tea!).
The leaves are rolled into pearls (left) and then unfurl once they’re wet (right). I was careful to brew the tea at a lower temperature (175 F) than other types and to not leave it too long so that it became bitter. Also, this tea is great to brew a second time; I like to drink the first pot warm and the second iced.
No, Teavana is not paying me to advertise their teas this week (although it would be great if they would!).