I steeped this tea with 2 heaping teaspoons of leaf in 1 cup of 200 degree water for about four minutes.
I was a little concerned that the jasmine flowers wouldn’t have much fragrance left because I couldn’t detect much smell in the dry flowers, but when I started steeping the tea it started giving off its perfume right away, so I guess hot water is the magic ingredient to bring that out!
There are tons of jasmine flowers in this tea, too. Like, actual jasmine buds. And they smell like a combination of candy and perfume once they’ve started steeping. The green tea fragrance isn’t really coming through at this point, but I’m not surprised at all given how flowery the smell is.
I let it go to four minutes because I didn’t want to waste any of the jasmine fragrance.
Once the tea is steeped, I noticed that some leaf has escaped the ball; the tea is orange-yellow in color and, as mentioned before, highly fragrant.
First sip: Apparently Jasmine tastes sweet as well as smelling sweet. There’s an edge of bitterness to the green tea, though; there’s also some umami and maybe a little seaweediness to it, rounding the flavor out. I blame myself for the bitterness, because I used 200 degree water instead of 195 degree water like recommended (because hey, my electric kettle only has so many settings. Next time though I’d go with the cooler option, which I think would be 185 on my kettle).
A little sugar helps with any bitterness; or you could just steep at the recommended temperature, unlike me, and do a less intense steeping as well (three minutes instead of four). It’s really great as is, though, and tastes like drinking flowers!! Jasmine is so magical it kind of blows my mind every time I try a good jasmine tea (the reason I don’t try them more often is probably because I’m kind of scared of getting a not-so-good one).
I’m also really impressed by this tea company’s mission and activism; they don’t just say that they support charitable causes, they also give 25% of their proceeds (that’s a quarter of everything they get!) to mental health causes, according to their website.
Here’s the scoop!
Leaf Type: Green
Where to Buy: The Love Tea Company
Jasmine tea is one of the most pleasant fragrances to all people. To the nose, the dry tea has a floral bouquet, which causes your senses to come alive with pleasant thoughts. This tea is filled to the brim with an abundance of beautiful jasmine blossoms which gives the tea an amazing presentation value. In China, they declare this jasmine tea as ‘Jasmine #1’.
This high quality green tea – produced between the middle of March and the middle of May – has jasmine flowers that bloom between the 1st of May and the end of May (the time of the most intense aroma). This tea yields a cup with all the concentrated heady bouquet of a garden in bloom, even if its your neighbor’s jasmine bush.
Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!
This is my first tea from Tea Shirt and I’m pretty excited that it’s Strawberry & Lychee from Tea Shirt. But first let me tell you my first encounter with FRESH Lychee Fruit…
I used to work at a grocery store 20-some years ago and I always liked trying the exotic fruits that come in. One day we received some Lychee and I was super excited to try it! I peeled off the reddish spiky skin/shell and sucked out the fruit that was a slimy white. It almost looked like a small white onion. It smelled and tasted like paint thinner! I’m NOT joking! I must have gotten a BAD lychee because everything lychee I have had since hasn’t been like that THANK GOD!
Now I’m NOT saying that THIS Strawberry & Lychee from Tea Shirt tasted like paint thinner! It’s just that silly story is something in the back of my mind each time I try something with Lychee in it now! I’m giggling as I write this but I wasn’t laughing at the time!
Anyhow…Strawberry & Lychee from Tea Shirt…is a nicely flavored green tea. The strawberry cuts the lychee and the lychee cuts the strawberry! They work well together and play nicely with the green tea base! This Strawberry & Lychee from Tea Shirt receives a THUMBS UP from me because it’s pleasant, fruity, tart, and does NOT taste like paint thinner! haha.
Here’s the scoop!
Leaf Type: Green Tea
Where to Buy: Tea Shirt
Flavoured Green Tea
Ingredients: green tea (94 %), flavouring, freeze-dried strawberry pieces, freeze-dried lychee pieces, Jasmine blossoms, rose petals
Preparation: Use one teaspoon of loose leaf tea per person.
Where To Buy: Teahouse Kuan Yin
These hand-rolled pearls contain pure tips of silvery spring tea scented with jasmine. Our Jasmine Pearl brews a more fragrant and complex cup than our Yin Hao, and it is beautiful to watch the pearls unfurl during the steeping process. Ours is IMO-certified organic.
Our Jasmine Pearl is produced in the Chinese province of Fujian. Each pearl consists of tender shoots of tea leaves and buds, and is naturally scented with fresh jasmine flowers. Up to six layers of jasmine blossoms are applied to the leaves, creating a beautifully strong jasmine aroma. Once the jasmine scent is fully merged with the leaves, the petals are removed and the tea is carefully dried again.
A Jasmine Tea is a Jasmine Tea is a Jasmine Tea! OR IS IT? I have to be honest…I usually don’t get overly jazzed about Jasmine Tea. BUT…this one is a nice, solid Jasmine Pearl – and it’s ORGANIC! AND…it doesn’t leave a funky aftertaste! It’s highly scented, too! AND it’s a natural Jasmine aroma – very beautiful – not an artificial aroma, which I always appreciate!
Teahouse Kuan Yin made this tea a WIN in my house!
Where To Buy: Teaquilibrium
Little Black Dress Citrus is a refreshing blend of zesty lemon and exotic bergamot delicious hot and especially refreshing iced. Think poolside or beach with a lemon wedge in a tall frosty glass. The added green tea and green rooibos will give an extra boost of calm energy to this uplifting blend.
So go ahead, have a cup and put on that little black dress!
For easy preparation, cold infuse your LBD Citrus with the help of the aladdin travel mug. Always Balanced and Beautiful anywhere you go!
ingredients: oolong tea, green tea, green rooibos, lemongrass, lemon myrtle, citrus flavor, jasmine blossoms.
benefits: speeds metabolism, helps burn fat
how many cups? approximately 40 tsp. per 2.5 oz tin; that’s about 80 eight oz cups at 19 cents per cup*
preparation: heat water: 195 F, scoop: 1.5 tsp/8 oz., steep 3 – 4 min.
*fresh whole leaf teas can be infused at least twice— just steep a little longer the second time.
Little Black Dress – Slimming Citrus is an Oolong-Green Tea-Green Rooibos Blend…and I was VERY excited to try it! It sounded very unique and creative!
It brewed VERY Dark and smelled mostly floral and with a hint of lemon. I could taste the green tea a bit more than the oolong and green rooibos. The Jasmine stood out as the floral taste more as it cools. This had a slight vegetal/earthy taste towards the end of the sip.
I liked the idea of this one and the taste is…well…pretty TASTY!