While in Portland, we tasted tea in several tea shops. Each was unique. While we just loved the Steven Smith Teas and Tasting as posted here, The Jasmine Pearl, an eclectic, very “Portlandish” feeling shop was another find. The proprietors were quite free with their tastings…literally…they suggested we choose a few teas, then steeped them up for us, gong fu style…no charge. The Jasmine Pearl is a bit tricky to find…but they have cute little signs along the roadsides pointing you in the right direction.
They offer a significant variety of teas…the ambiance leans towards Asian, yet is very “Portlandlike”, meaning eclectic and relaxed. We tried two of their featured, single estate, rare Japanese Green teas…the preparation was meticulous and enjoyable…the teas really high quality. I am not a huge fan of highly vegetal tasting Japanese teas; however, we found the Tsuyuhikari Sencha to be to our liking.
The Jasmine Pearl has a huge variety of Puerh’s…the fermented tea cake. We didn’t taste Puerh’s on this visit, yet their selection was stunning. In future posts, I plan on exploring this interesting tea…cake…a truly old method of handling the tea leaf.
Their website showed they have a large selection of hand-made tea cups/pots…they did not disappoint. I could have brought home several but decided to come home to order and not lug them home (I am getting a bit lazy about that…love to come home and order, have them shipped to my door).
offering an enormous tea selection, this photo depicts less than half of what was available.
Located in Old Portland,next to the coolest antique hardware store…
I did bring home a small tasting cup from The Jasmine Pearl…am getting ready to steep my own cup of Tsuyuhikari Sencha after finishing this post…something about drinking Japanese green tea seems sooooo healthy. And from petite cups makes me feel ritualistic and serene while doing so.
Drink tea…It’s really good for you.