Explore the Unique Taste of Jasmine Pearl Green Tea

jasmine flowers in tea

Most people are aware of the health and weight loss benefits from drinking natural green or oolong tea. Did you know that there are many different types of blended or scented teas that have exactly the same benefits with a sometimes more palatable taste? If you are not particularly fond of the taste of green tea, yet you know it is good for you, there are many other alternative teas you can try. One of my favorite blended teas is Jasmine Pearl Green tea. Not only does it smell and taste great, but it combines the health benefits of green tea with the health benefits of Jasmine. In fact, Jasmine has long been used to treat anxiety and depression, menopause symptoms and it has been known to strengthen the immune system. Combined with the benefits of green tea, this makes for a winning combination!
There are two main types of Jasmine Pearl Tea – one is made with a white tea base, the other a green tea base. Most Jasmine Pearl tea comes from China, with our particular tea harvested and shipped directly from the Fujian province. This tea is grown at an elevation of 1,200 meters, where the cooler weather and subsequent slower growth adds to the overall quality of the tea. The tea leaves are harvested in spring and the jasmine flowers used to scent the tea a few weeks later.

Not only is the flavour unique, but the appearance of the tea has its own appeal as it is hand rolled into small, tight balls as soon as it is picked. This is where the name “Jasmine Pearl” (or “Buddha’s Tears” as it is also known as) comes from. These tiny tea balls are left to dry while waiting for the jasmine plants to bloom. Once the flowers appear on the jasmine bushes, they are also hand picked and mixed in with the tea balls. Usually, fresh batches of jasmine flowers are added to the tea five or six times—allowing plenty of time for the scent of jasmine to permeate the tea. All types of tea very easily absorb scent which is why you should always store your tea in tight containers and away from other herbs, spices or richly scented food. Because of this property, it is very easy to produce this unique and distinctly scented tea.

As with any type of loose leaf tea, there are usually quite a few different qualities available. How can you tell that you have purchased a high quality tea? It’s fairly simple really. Upon smelling the dried tea, you should immediately notice a jasmine scent. This aroma should also be very present once the tea is brewed and it should last through two or three separate infusions. Oftentimes you may also see tiny, dried jasmine petals still mixed in with the tea balls. Once brewed, the tea is a soft yellow or yellow-green color with a mellow taste – in other words it is not as stringent or earthy as some other types of green tea. One word of warning; it is very easy to make a strong, less mellow infusion through mis-judging the amount of tea balls to begin with. Each tea ball is very tightly rolled, unlike most other types of loose leaf tea, so the quantity of tea needed is less than you would normally use. As a starting point, try using about 4 gm of tea balls per 100 ml cup of tea and then vary the amount according to your taste.

While everyone has their favorite tea pot, my favorite for brewing Jasmine Pearl tea is a glass teapot. Watching the tiny tea balls uncurl is fascinating, something that I enjoy almost as much as I love watching flowering teas unfurl. Of course, you can use any type of tea pot, however glass, clay or ceramic are recommended in order to retain the subtle flavor of the tea.

Finally one last important point to note: The tea is also known as Buddha’s Tears Tea and Jasmine Dragon Pearls. So, if you are looking for Jasmine Pearl Green tea, keep an eye out for the same tea sold under a different name. Remember too, Jasmine Pearl Tea can be made with a white tea base or a green tea base – normally tea made with a white tea base will be more expensive than that made from a green tea base.

If you have not yet savored this delightfully refreshing and aromatic tea I would recommend you do so. It is a perfect choice for green tea lovers and tea drinkers who prefer blended teas over the non-blended. It not only smells and tastes great but it is also very relaxing to sit back and watch it steep and, best of all, it is great for your body and immune system.

Guest Post By: Robyn, director of Robyn Lee Tea. Robyn is very familiar with Asian loose leaf teas and the health benefits of tea. All her teas are sourced directly from China and Taiwan. She is currently writing a book specifically for people who are new to the world of tea, aimed at taking some of the ‘mystery’ out of brewing and sampling these healthy teas.

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