“I’d like some jasmine tea!” is a really common request for us and we can see why! A cup of jasmine tea can be refreshing, calming and down right tasty! We’ve found over the years that there is some confusion as to what jasmine tea is. More often than not people are introduced to this floral brew after a meal in restaurants and fall in love with it.
So what is jasmine tea?
Traditionally jasmine tea is tea that has been scented with fresh jasmine blossoms. This process can be dated back over 800 years in China and is deeply embedded in their culture. The most common scented teas in today’s market are green and white, but black is sometimes available too. It should not be confused with dried jasmine blossoms, which are available, but these do not retain their jasmine fragrance or taste as they loose it during the drying process.
Tea leaves are picked during the spring months, dried and stored until late summer when jasmine blossoms are in bloom. The flowers are picked early in the morning whilst the petals are still tightly closed and are kept cool until nightfall. Once the evening comes they open up and release their fragrance. It is at this point that the scenting process takes place.
There are a couple of different methods for scenting. A lot of producers prefer to blend the leaves and the flowers together and leave them scent over night. Others, who produce higher grades of jasmine tea will layer the tea and the jasmine blossoms and leave the to infuse over night. It takes a minimum of four hours for the tea to absorb the jasmine’s fragrance. After the leaves and flowers are separated the process is repeated. For higher grades of jasmine tea this process can be repeated up to 6 or 7 times!
Scenting the leaves is a highly skilled and time consuming job, but we think, it’s well worth the effort which is all of our jasmine teas are scented!
Other jasmine teas can be found on the market, but these are sprayed with artificial flavourings that smell and taste similar to jasmine. These types of jasmine tea are noticeably cheaper and don’t offer the same freshness or high quality as their scented counterparts.
Are there any health benefits?
As jasmine tea is made using green tea, white tea, etc… they contain all the health benefits associated with the tea type used! For example, green tea is known for being high in antioxidants and lower in caffeine than its black tea counterpart.
In Asia, jasmine tea is believed help to balance body heat, clear eyes, detox the liver, relax the body, improve circulation, lower cholesterol, improve digestion and fight off flu. With so many perceived health benefits and a great taste we can see why it’s so popular!
Our Jasmine Teas
We currently have three scented jasmine teas on offer:
China Jasmine with Flowers – this is our everyday scented jasmine green tea. A few dried jasmine blossoms have been added to the blend to enhance the appearance. It’s a great one to start with if you’re on a journey to switch to loose leaf tea or making the tea for the first time at home after trying it whilst out and about.
China Jasmine (Silver Tips) – A top quality scented green tea which contains a high quantity of silver tips – these are the fresh, young unopened leaves at the top of the tea plant. The finest teas are made from this part of the plant. Perfect for those that love a luxurious cup of tea!
Jasmine Dragon Pearls – This is the Champagne of jasmine teas! This elegant and rare white tea is made from the youngest, finest silver tips hand rolled into the shape of little pearls. Often dragon pearls on the market are made from green tea, but these white tea pearls takes the tea drinking experience to the next level!
Jasmine Blossoms – For those wanting to try dried jasmine blossoms we sell them too! As mentioned above, this caffeine free option doesn’t have that signature jasmine flavour. However, it does still offer a pleasant, slightly creamy floral brew.
Which jasmine tea would you try? Let us know on our social media!