Jasmine Green Tea
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Our best jasmine tea - Golden Needle King AAA Grade - has an exquisite scent and a rich body. Tested to be free of pesticide residue.
Over the years, jasmine tea has acquired an undeserved reputation of being a low grade tea catering mainly to the unsophisticated.
This is a gross simplification. The art of making jasmine tea is even more complex than that of making green tea. A quality jasmine scented tea hinges on three vital components:
Quality of green tea leaves
Quality of jasmine flower
According to Chinese historians, the beginnings of this popular beverage can be traced back to the mid 1890s in the capital city of the Fujian province - Fuzhou.
The breakthrough comes from the Fuzhou Tea Company. They pioneered the art of making a high grade jasmine tea using the Fuding Baihao tea plant, the same raw ingredient used for making the Silver Needle white tea.
Ever since, they have set the standard for the highest quality jasmine scented green tea.
The jasmine flowers used are exclusively single/double petalled, rather than multi-petalled. According to the Fuzhou Tea Company's internal research, these flowers give the best scent.
The ratio of jasmine flowers to tea leaves are extremely high. For the tea leaves to fully absorb the jasmine scent, they need to be infused up to seven times to create a high durable scent.
We started selling this Fuzhou produced jasmine scented tea in 2009, and customer are saying she is the best they have ever had.
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AAA Grade (Autumn 2016) - 50 grams
Over the years, the commoditization of jasmine green tea has caused many Fuzhou producers to shut down. So imagine my joy when I discovered this Golden Needle King!
Here are the reasons why she could be one of the best jasmine tea in the world:
As you can see from the photo, the tea buds are very tippy and covered with white downy hairs. Both are important signs of quality.
Because the tea buds are of the highest quality, they contain high level of antioxidants and theanine, which account for many health benefits of jasmine tea.
In China, the best jasmine scent is described as Xian Ling, which can be translated as fresh and nimble i.e., you can feel the jasmine scent instantaneously without any repeated effort.
The liquor is yellowish green with a high degree of luster. The jasmine is delightful without being overt, durable over multiple infusions.
Because the jasmine scent is extremely potent, you need only use a small quantity of leaves each time.
Personally, I use 2 grams each time for 8-ounce cup (about 225 milliliters) each time, and found that she lasts three infusions easily.
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By Julie (Tacoma)
Review contents: I've always loved Jasmine tea, and will pay more for it, if it's better. I've tried the well known national chain stores for tea, and living in the Pacific Northwest I'm lucky enough to have access to small 'boutique' shops that import teas. So I have to admit I was a bit skeptical this tea would be that much different.
But I'm a believer now. Tea is no longer just a drink. It begins with the wonderful aroma - it's aromatherapy in a cup each morning as I savor the smell for a while before taking my first sip. And the flavor is fabulous. I'm surprised by how little time the first infusion takes - literally seconds. Each time I steep it after that it takes more time - but I always get 3-4 good cups! of tea each time, so the leaves do last longer. And it takes fewer leaves.
Even so, your best grade Jasmine tea is not more expensive than other teas I've bought locally, but the quality is far superior. I'll be ordering more for myself and also as gifts for friends. Now I'm eager to try your other kinds of teas as well, as I no longer have any reservations about the quality. I also received the tea in less than the two weeks I was told it could take.
On a five star rating system I wish I could give it ten stars! lol
By Kaletta (Fort Jones)
The tea is wonderful and arrived faster than expected which is so nice.
The way I brew my jasmine green is probably barbaric but it works for me.
I am the only tea drinker in the house and the caretaker for my husband so I
don't have a lot of time to just brew a cup. SOOOOOOOO
I take 16 grams and put it in a giant stainless steel herb infuser and put
that in a stainless steel 1/2 gal pitcher. To that I add 1800ML water at 175
degrees (I have a Breville tea kettle.) I time the first pour for 3 minutes
as the leaves seem to need this and all the successive pours to 2 minutes.
So far I can get 6 pours and each to a very large canning jar. Those go in
my refrigerator. I drink it both hot and cold. Though I must admit I get to
as much of it as I can while still hot. I also reheat without boiling the
cold when I want to. This works so well because of the time factor but also
because I am highly caffeine sensitive. The jars are numbered which l
By David (New York)
Without a doubt, this jasmine green tea far surpasses my expectations of value and quality. Thank you so much. I will be ordering my jasmine green tea from you for now on.
Ah, now for the honesty part. This is the second best jasmine green tea that I've ever had. I have had many kinds of this tea from all over the world so second best is truely terrific.
The best jasmine tea I've ever had comes from a tea company here in NYC called Ten Ren. Their jasmine green tea comes from Taiwan, however, it is very expensive. I like tea too much and I drink lots of it. I dislike going to Ten Ren and only being able to afford small quantities of it.
I also appreciate that your tea was shipped directly to me from China. It tastes very fresh. If you ever get any jasmine green tea that is even better than the kind you sent me, please let me know. Thank you for your email and your excellent service.
Second best is phenomenal. I have been drinking jasmine tea for 20 years
By Chris (New Mexico High Desert)
I have to say that I've never in my 65 years tasted such a wonderous tea.
My previous favorite jasmine tea has been the "dragon pearl" variety. This Moli Jinzhen AAA has opened up a new world of flavor for me. I think this tea has everything going for it a jasmine tea connoisseur would wish for. A wild floral aroma, deep and complex spicy jasmine flavor, with a lightly perfumed aftertaste that lingers on the palate. Each individual tea leaf is rolled into an eyebrow shape, and jasmine petals are scattered throughout the tea.
My tea arrived in perfect condition after a 5-week journey, because it was very well packed.
This is a wonderful tea, and reasonably priced, considering its astounding quality. I must stop writing now and brew another cup.
By Timothy (Amagasaki)
This tea is quite good, but not exceptional. I live in Japan and the best Chinese Jasmine tea I can get here is somewhere between 3600 to 4800 per 100g.
Measured against that tea as a 10, this tea gets an 8.5. Why?
First, I like more jasmine in my jasmine tea, I think it's "underflowered" and lacks the amount of fragrance and flavor of jasmine that I prefer.
Second, While it has a subtle flavor, it turns bitter after sitting in water for over 24 hours whereas the best I've had takes longer to turn bitter.
Third, it doesn't stretch as far as the 10. I can make 2 to 3 full flavored pots with the 10, but more like 1.5 full flavored pots with this tea.
Don't get me wrong, this is very good tea, but it's the second best I've tasted.
Jasmine tea should be brewed the same way as the Dragon Well tea by infusing a small amount of leaves in high temperature water for as long as it takes.
Because the jasmine scent is extremely potent, it is important to use only a small amount of leaves each time. Otherwise the jasmine scent may become too strong.
For further information about packaging, brewing, maturation and storage, read Dragon Well Tea - Further Guide.