Country of Origin: China
Region: Fujian Province
Shipping Port: Fuzhou
Grade: Jasmine Grade #1
Altitude: 1500 ft. above sea level
Manufacture Type: Steamed green tea
Infusion: Pale green liquor
Characteristics: A green tea with surprising body and a captivating floral taste that is not found in any other natural tea.
Ingredients: Green tea, Jasmine petals
Jasmine tea is one of the most pleasant tasting green teas available on
the market. On the nose the dry tea has a floral bouquet, which
literally causes your senses to come alive with pleasant thoughts. The
flavour is enhanced with the addition of jasmine blossoms which give the
tea a visual appeal few other teas are capable of copying.
There are many different grades of jasmine tea. This particular grade is
the first grade below the exotic jasmines. It has all the flavor, aroma
and good green tea qualities but not the exorbitant price. In China
they declare this jasmine tea as ‘Jasmine #1’.
The production of jasmine tea is quite interesting. It is important to
begin with high quality green tea - tea that has been produced between
the middle of March and the middle of May. Equally important for jasmine
tea are fine jasmine blossoms - flowers that bloom between the 1st of
May and the end of May (these have the most intense aroma).
Traditionally layers of jasmine blossoms were placed between fine green
tea. In time the scent of the jasmine permeated the tea. Today, hot air
is passed through the jasmine blossoms and then filtered through the tea
so that the blossoms can be used more than once. The exhausted blossoms
are then used to decorate the tea. Produced in both China and Taiwan,
jasmine tea yields a cup with all the concentrated heady bouquet of a
garden in bloom.
Hot tea brewing method: When preparing by the cup, this tea can be used
repeatedly - about 3 times. The secret is to use water that is about
180’F or 80’C. Place 1 teaspoon in your cup let the tea steep for about 3
minutes and then begin enjoying a cup of enchantment - do not remove
the leaves from the cup. Once the water level is low - add more water,
and so on and so on - until the flavor of the tea is exhausted. Look at
the pattern of the leaves in the brew, not only do they foretell your
fortune but you can see the leaves and the flowers petals pointing the
way to good health and prosperity.
Alternatively as with all top quality teas, scoop 2-4 teaspoons of tea
into the teapot, pour in boiling water that has been freshly drawn
(previously boiled water has lost most of its oxygen and therefore tends
to be flat tasting), steep for 2-4 minutes (to taste), stir (virtually
all the leaves will sink -the flowers will float), pour into your cup
but do not add milk or sugar since green tea is enjoyed ‘straight-up’.