Leaf Type: Pouchong
Where to Buy: Sahara’s Supplies on Etsy
Pouchong green tea from Fuzhou, China, scented with jasmine petals.
I adore jasmine tea!
This jasmine is a little different from a typical jasmine green tea, because the leaves are Pouchong. Pouchong teas are sometimes classified as green tea, but, they are actually an Oolong tea, because they are lightly oxidized. I usually classify a Pouchong as separate from both green and Oolong teas, because even though it is “technically” an Oolong tea, it isn’t a typical Oolong.
I like the differences that the Pouchong tea brings to this cup. The flavor is smoother and richer. There is very little vegetative flavor, instead, there is a light nutty background that offers an interesting contrast to the sweet jasmine flavor. This has a nice floral taste, but is less sharp than what I might experience with a jasmine green.
This tea is delicious served hot or iced. If you choose to serve it iced, I do recommend adding a small amount of sweetener to punch up the flavor a bit, but, if consumed hot, it doesn’t need sweetener, it has a beautiful flavor without it. Of course, if you prefer a sweeter tea, I would recommend a drizzle of honey with this one. I like the way honey compliments jasmine!