Leaf Type: Green
Where to Buy: Teavivre
Hugely popular in China, Silver Jasmine Green tea is produced by adding jasmine flower petals to the tea buds during processing, so infusing this premium green tea with a subtle fragrance and taste of jasmine. After drying the flower petals are removed, leaving the tea with its unique taste and fragrance. TeaVivre’s Silver Jasmine is made from premium Fuding Da Bai and Da Hao tea trees grown in Mt Taimu, Fujian.
Learn more about this tea here.
If you’ve been reading my reviews for very long, you’re probably well aware that I am quite fond of jasmine tea. It is one of my top three “tea flavors” (the other two are bergamot and chocolate … yeah, I know that chocolate isn’t really a traditional tea flavor, but, what can I say? I’m a chocoholic!) And this is a very fine jasmine tea.
I’ve enjoyed this twice now and have found it to be a remarkable representation of jasmine tea … or shall I say, what jasmine tea should be. It doesn’t taste perfume-y or artificial. The flavors are very well balanced. The jasmine is sweet, delicately floral and not sharp or off-putting at all. The green tea tastes fresh and offers hints of a nutty undertone.
The second time I tried the tea, I added a bit more leaf, because the brewing parameters on the website suggests 1 – 2 teaspoons of tea for 8 ounces of water. The result is – obviously! – a stronger brew, but, the flavors remain remarkably balanced. All of the flavors I mentioned above from the first cup are present in this second cup, they’re just intensified from the addition of tea leaf. It did not cause the tea to become bitter or off-putting, and I found that I enjoyed both servings of the tea. For a relaxing cup later in the evening, I’d recommend just 1 teaspoon per cup, and for a more invigorating cup earlier in the day, use up to 2 teaspoons per cup.
A very nice jasmine, no matter how you choose to serve it.
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!