Leaf Type: White
Where to Buy: Upton Tea Imports
An exquisite offering for the Jasmine tea enthusiast. The white tea base is an extra-fine plucking composed of select leaf buds, some as a set with the small first leaf. A judicious scenting with jasmine blossoms yields a mellow, complex cup with sublime jasmine flavor and aroma.
I have tried a few Jasmine Silver Needle teas, and of those that I’ve tried thus far, this one is my least favorite.
The jasmine flavor is much too sharp here, while the delicate white tea base tends to be overpowered by the jasmine notes. The flavor should be (and could be, based upon my previous experience!) much more balanced, with delicate notes from each component rather than what is in my cup now.
I have tried brewing this several different ways, all with disappointing results. I have tried a few different teas from Upton Tea Imports, but this is the first one from this company that has really disappointed me.
If you’ve tried this tea and have found it to your liking, I’d love to hear from you, especially if you’ve some tips to help make this more palatable!