Cream come true…
(Apple, jasmine tea, rosehip shells, pineapple, sweet blackberry leaves, marigold flowers, natural and artificial flavouring.)
Imagine: you have just ordered dessert at a restaurant, and they are placing a ramekin of crème brûlée in front of you. You pick up your spoon and begin to crack ever so slowly through a brittle layer of caramel, right before sinking into the contrasting custard base. The French really knew what they were doing, when they came up with this decadent dessert. Jasmine Crème Brûlée, one-third of the new Macaron Collection, boasts all the trademark qualities of this timely classic, but with an unexpected twist. The loose leaf doesn’t look like anything you would expect from a tea with such a namesake, aside from the jasmine green tea. Other than that, there are a lot of chunks of apple and rosehip shells, as well as little bits of candied pineapple and marigold petals. It smells sweet and nutty, almost like Forever Nuts, but that’s just the burnt sugar coming through.
That essence remains even after three minutes of steeping, but the jasmine becomes more prominent. The green tea base is silky smooth and not astringent tasting at all. There is also a nice, natural sweetness to Jasmine Crème Brûlée, but at the same time, it’s not too sweet. It’s very rich and creamy, even before the addition of milk. You can taste the jasmine and you can taste the crème brûlée aspects, respectively. And I think featuring the jasmine adds a subtle floral touch and complements the other components of the tea a lot better than you’d expect. I would personally add a touch more sugar, because I feel that the flavour was a little bit light in terms of sweetness, but still basically tastes like liquid crème brûlée. It’s a well-balanced blend overall. Crème brûlée is nothing I’ve ever actually consumed before, and jasmine is generally a hit or miss for me, so I’m really impressed with Jasmine Crème Brûlée as a whole. Trust me, it tastes way better than it smells!