Leaf Type: Green
Where to Buy: Culinary Teas
During the manufacturing process jasmine flowers are layered between the green tea leaves. The fragrant flowers impart an ethereal floral character to this Chinese tea.
Learn more about this tea here.
As the regular readers of this blog are probably well aware, jasmine tea is one of my favorites. I love the beautiful fragrance of jasmine, and I love the gentle floral flavor that jasmine flowers impart onto green tea. It’s a tea that I like to sip on daily, because it’s so uplifting. It’s my go-to tea when I’m preparing dinner.
Here’s the problem … Jasmine Pearls are not inexpensive. And yes, I do love my jasmine pearls, but, they are not something that I can drink every day. I usually save the Jasmine Pearls for a special occasion, and for my daily tea consumption, I usually turn to a more affordable option, like this this Jasmine with Flowers Green Tea from Culinary Teas.
And this is a really lovely cuppa! The green tea is sweet and vegetative with a flavor that is slightly grassy, but a sweet grassy taste (not bitter!) There is a slight “buttery” tone to the green tea as well … a subtle creaminess that complements the floral tones of the jasmine.
The jasmine is a little sharper than it might be in a “pearl” type jasmine (or a jasmine tea without the flowers present). And while there are some purists that would state that the best jasmine teas are ones without the jasmine flowers or petals in the tea, I kind of like the subtle differences here. And the price is generally better for a jasmine tea with the flowers than one where all the petals and flowers have been removed … making this a lovely choice for daily jasmine tea consumption. (I certainly couldn’t afford to drink pearls every day!)
A really nice tea for the price … and a really nice tea to enjoy with dinner. This one is great iced too. It’s just a really enjoyable tea!