Leaf Type: Green
Where to Buy: Shanti Tea
A nice compliment to jasmine green teas, this smokier version is made with a Chinese green tea that has a distinctively stronger profile. A perfect tea for after meals, goes well with unsweetened pastries.
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This is a very unusual jasmine tea. Unusual, but I like it. Of course, I expected it to be unusual, based on the name.
The smoke here is light … and with the first few sips, I was of the opinion that the name Smoky Jasmine is a bit misleading, because there really isn’t a strong, smoky presence in this cup. There is a light smokiness that presents itself at the start which develops as I continue to sip. By mid-cup, the smokiness is more apparent.
And the smoky notes offer an interesting contrast to the sweet flavor of the jasmine flower. I find that it seems to emphasize some of the sweeter tones of the jasmine, offering a flavor that is sweet, almost dessert-like, but still very much jasmine. No soapy taste, no sharp tones. Just a new way to explore the lovely essence of jasmine.
I am really glad I got a chance to try this jasmine tea. I don’t know that it is my favorite jasmine tea, but, I do enjoy it for it’s interesting twist on the classic. Nice, and something I’d be very happy to drink again!