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Refreshing Aromas of Fine Jasmine Teas

"Nothing more refreshing."

Quote by Glynn Christian, UK food critic, on our Grade A Jasmine Tea Pearls


The balmy evening breezes of summer carry the sweet smell of jasmine flower. On the balcony table, a cup of green tea sits cooling. Jasmine teas bring the sublime fragrance of jasmine together with the refreshment of green tea.

What Is Jasmine Tea?

Jasmine tea is created by combining the natural aromas of jasmine flower with tea - usually green tea. Although any area that grows tea and has access to jasmine flower could potentially produce it, Fujian Province has become best known for jasmine tea. It is there the craft of creating jasmine pearl teas and jasmine blooming teas has made its home. Award-winning jasmine tea (like ours) comes when the best combination of ingredients and manual skill intersect.

How Is It Made?

Wan Ling Tea House jasmine teas come in different forms. Pearl teas are green tea leaves rolled into a spherical shape and scented with jasmine. Blooming teas combine green teas and can contain actual flowers enfolded within a bundle of green tea leaves.

For jasmine pearls, the most familiar practice involves harvesting jasmine flowers during the day when the flowers are closed. The jasmine and green tea may be placed together on trays in an enclosed space. When the jasmine flowers open, the green tea absorbs the scent. This process may be repeated several times with fresh flowers, and each scenting may last several hours.



When done well, the jasmine aroma is rich but not cloying. Superior jasmine teas will have a more balanced fragrance that is more even in intensity from the moment the tea touches your tongue on through to the aftertaste.

Jasmine Blooming Teas

Jasmine blooming teas go even further. After green tea leaves are scented with jasmine, skilled artisans carefully bundle and sew tea leaves and dehydrated flowers together into beautiful designs. Once the designs are created, they are tucked within the green tea leaves. The green tea leaves are bundled around the flower and dried to preserve the leaves and maintain the shape of the bundle.

Quality of Jasmine Teas

When choosing a jasmine tea, there are a few ways to determine their degree of quality. For jasmine pearls, note the size and color. Smaller pearls usually indicate younger, more delicate tea leaves. Larger, darker color pearls are made with older, coarser leaves. Once the leaves have been steeped and softened, these pearls should reveal a set of 2 leaves and 1 bud. With quality jasmine teas, a greater number of silver tips is more readily apparent.

The color of the tea leaves is also a factor. Green tea and jasmine are not necessarily ready for harvest at the same time. Spring green tea is usually harvested in March - April, while jasmine flowers are usually collected in May - June. Tea leaves may be partially processed and set aside until the jasmine flower is ready. As the tea waits, it may need to be re-dried, or time itself may change the color of the leaves. Fresher, younger leaves are generally paler green with silvery-white buds.

You can compare differences in color, size and silver tips in our Jasmine A pearls in the uppermost picture and our Jasmine AA pearls in the lowermost picture. You may also want to compare these with our Jasmine Pearl Grade B.

Superior jasmine teas can endure multiple brewings. Our Jasmine Pearl Grade A can be steeped up to 7 times.



Grade AA



Grade A



Grade B

Enjoying Jasmine Tea

To make the most of jasmine teas, be sure to keep these tips in mind:

1. For blooming teas, a tall drinking glass or deeper glass teapot will give the blooming tea the space to expand and give you the ability to see the blooming tea unfold. If you use a drinking glass, try to find one with a handle. The glass may get very hot to handle. With some blooming teas, it may be advantageous to decant the initial hot liquid for drinking, and then replace with cooler water to keep the tea liquor from becoming too dark and too strong.

2. Jasmine pearls are even easier. You can easily steep your ideal cup of tea each time because you can conveniently count the number of pearls to drop in your mug or tea cup. Simply re-steep by adding with hot water. This method offers great value by allowing 25 servings of 2 grams for each 50 gram box. Even more value is created through the multiple infusions available from each serving.

3. Take the time to enjoy the aroma. With a quality jasmine tea, you'll be glad you did. Poorer, artificially flavoured jasmine teas usually have strong aromas in the first steeping that disappear. That won't happen with Wan Ling Tea House jasmine teas.

Great Taste Awards Winner 2011 - 2013

 

For further exploration:

1. Tea Facts: Jasmine Tea Types


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