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.