Leaf Type: White
Where to Buy: Rare Tea Co.
Jasmine Silver Tip Tea is the most delicate and delicious jasmine tea available anywhere.
Among it’s many admirers are acclaimed chef Tom Aiken and the sommelier Katie Exton.
Rare Tea’s jasmine silver tips comprises only the most tender spring leaf-buds which have been carefully mixed by hand with fresh jasmine flowers.
After the silver tips have been plucked from a tea garden high in the Fujian mountains they are taken to a jasmine farm.
They are crafted by night when the flowers give off their heady perfume. At an exact temperature and humidity the tender silver tips absorb the jasmine’s scent. The tea is then dried and the jasmine flowers removed. This process is repeated six times, over six consecutive nights to add a unique depth of flavour.
Although the scenting is deep the silver tips retain their delicate sweetness. The jasmine aroma is all in the ‘nose’ leaving the flavour both subtle and soft.
No flavourings or oils are used. This is completely pure tea that has been mingled with flowers to take on their scent and then the flowers are removed.
I love jasmine teas. And until a year or so ago, I thought that jasmine pearls were the pinnacle of jasmine teas, and then I was introduced to silver needle jasmine teas. And now, It would be a difficult decision to choose between the two. I just hope there is room enough at the top for both!
This is one of the finest silver needle jasmine teas I’ve encountered. It brews to a beautiful pale golden color which emits the softest, loveliest jasmine fragrance imaginable. It’s so enchanting and soothing.
The flavor is amazing. The white tea flavor is very delicate but in perfect balance with the jasmine essence. The flavor is light and sweet. There is no real “vegetative” taste to this tea, just fresh, floral and lively. There is also a very light mouthfeel that is soft and silky. For such a light tea, there is an abundance of pleasing flavor.
One of the best things about silver needle jasmine teas is that they produce many very flavorful infusions and this one is no exception. I managed five very tasty infusions from one measurement of leaves.
If you like jasmine teas, you really MUST try this one. You can thank me later!
Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!
Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!
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