Buddha’s Tears from Byron Bay Tea Company

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green & White

Where to Buy:  Byron Bay Tea Company

Product Description:

Buddha’s tears roll tenderly from the tea plant; made with the bud and first two leaves. Carefully plucked and hand-crafted into tiny pearls, they are then scented with fresh jasmine blossoms. Once removed from their floral cocoon, the tiny pearls are ready to be brewed. With a pale liquor and delicate taste, Buddha’s tears provide a soul-soothing treat at any time of day.

Ingredients- Green and White tea scented with Jasmine Flowers

Taster’s Review:

What a lovely jasmine tea!

The ingredients confuse me just a little – this is a “pearl” jasmine tea, and so I don’t know where the white tea comes in to play, unless they are considering the bud attached to the two leaves the white tea.  But, it hardly seems necessary to fuss over such details.

These little “tears” unfurl slowly, releasing their intense flavor… which means many happy infusions for this jasmine enthusiast!  The flavor is sweet and silky.  Sometimes jasmine can come off as slightly bitter or soapy, but not this time.  The jasmine simply tastes lightly floral.  It is very soothing and restorative – and to get full effect of the relaxing effects of this tea I strongly recommend inhaling deeply – taking in the fragrance – before you sip.

The green tea/white tea is delicate and very soft … like clean air and crisp spring leaves!  It has a very comforting feel to it as it washes over the palate.  A delightful tea any time of the day, I find it most welcome later in the afternoon to help calm frazzled nerves.

I do not recommend sweetening this tea as it would overwhelm the gentle flavors of this tea.  I prefer it hot, but it makes a nice iced tea as well (and when I ice jasmine tea, I do add a little sweetener just to perk up the flavors).  It is a refreshing and beautiful tea, no matter how you choose to serve it!

Jasmine Peach Bai Mu Dan from Samovar

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  White

Where to Buy:  Samovar

Product Description:

Organic white tea, organic osthmanthus flowers, organic jasmine flowers, natural peach flavor and natural essential oils of orange and tangerine blended in the U.S.

Flavor Profile: Consummately floral, with notes of fresh citrus, white peach, white pepper, toasted amaranth and a trace of fresh blueberries.

Taster’s Review:

This is a beautifully floral tea – I love how well the jasmine and the osmanthus work together.  It creates a light and lively flower-y essence that is not sharp like some floral notes can be, and because of the fruit-like flavors of the osmanthus, the flavors here do not come across as soapy.

The white tea is very delicate here.  There is a whisper of vegetation to this tea that is barely there, mostly what I taste from the tea is the white tea sweetness with a hint of spice.  It sits in the background, making its presence known without being too obsequious.

The peach flavor is the real star – I love how it shines through!  It tastes like a fresh, ripe peach, bursting with flavor!  The citrus tones of this tea bring a little tangy flavor to the cup, just enough tart to keep it from being too sweet.

This is a lovely white tea.  It is one that was sold out at the time that I wrote this review, I do hope that the supply will be replenished.  It is a fantastic springtime tea!

Jasmine Pearl from Objective Tea

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Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  At the time of writing this review, the website for Objective Tea appeared to be closed.

Product Description:

Origin: Yih Ling Yih, Taiwan (3900 ft)
Cultivar: Moli Lu Xiang Pian
Cultivated: 2009

Breathing in the rosy aroma of jasmine never seems to get old. This green tea, flavored with young jasmine flowers will have you brewing tea all day long. Jasmine is used as a stress

reliever in traditional chinese medicine, and taking in the sweet scents of jasmine pearl you will know why.

Taster’s Review:

While doing my basic research for this review, I could not find the website for Objective Tea, and it would appear that they are no longer in business.  However, this is such a delightful jasmine tea that I felt it needed to be celebrated in this review!

I love jasmine pearls.  For the longest time, they were probably my favorite tea.  Since that time, I have discovered many “favorites” but jasmine pearls still remains right there at the top – probably within the top five.

This is one of the finest jasmine pearl teas I’ve encountered in recent memory.  It has a very pleasing jasmine essence that is fragrant and delicious.  The green tea is soft with light vegetative tones.  It has a light sweetness to it that compliments the floral notes of the jasmine very well.

The jasmine is vibrant.  It has a slight sharpness that borders on being slightly bitter, but, it is nothing that I would consider overwhelming.  Instead, I am finding it to be an agreeable contrast to the sweetness of the cup.

I steeped this in my gaiwan using short steep times, and then I filled my special Jasmine Yixing mug with the first five infusions.  The combination of these multiple infusions delivers a smooth, supple mouthfeel with buttery background notes and a beautiful jasmine flavor that lingers in the aftertaste.

I love this jasmine tea, and even though I am so enjoying this, it is almost bittersweet, since this will be the first and last time I’ll be able to enjoy it.

Earl Grey Lavender from Tea Addiction

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Tea Addiction

Product Description:

Ingredients: Blended black tea, lavender, jasmine, and flavoring.

Is the stress of life getting to you?

Enjoy a cup of Earl Grey Lavender with its relaxing lavender scent and flavor. The beautiful purple flowers are said to ease headaches, insomnia, and stress. The addition of jasmine flowers is thought to relieve stress, elevate the mood, and aid in digestion. This steep is definitely not the typical Earl Grey!

Taster’s Review:

As the above description suggests, this is not the typical Earl Grey – but it is an excellent Earl Grey!  Superb!

When I opened the package, my nose was greeted with the beautiful fragrance of bergamot, lavender and a hint of jasmine.  I did not expect to see so many flower blossoms and petals in the tin – this is definitely a tea that you need to shake gently before opening to redistribute the flowers evenly throughout the tea.  A small amount of effort to exert for one of the very best lavender flavored Earl Grey teas I’ve ever tasted!

The black tea flavor is pleasantly brisk and offers a nice background flavor.  While it lends its strong flavor to the cup, it seems perfectly content to allow the flavors to really come through and express themselves fully.

The lavender is strong, but it doesn’t overpower the blend.  Instead, it is masterfully balanced with the bergamot, giving just enough of its flavor to the bergamot to accent some of the flowery notes of the fruit.  I can also taste a hint of the jasmine.  It isn’t a strong jasmine presence but that little note of jasmine adds a very interesting dimension to the cup.

As I’ve already eluded to, this is a well-balanced cup.  The bergamot does not try to overwhelm the lavender just as the lavender does not overpower the bergamot.  And somehow, the addition of the flowery flavors not only enhances the flowery taste of the bergamot, but, it also allows the citrus flavors to shine through.

The overall cup is sweet, feminine and juicy!  I love this!

Jasmine Snow Dragon Premium from Shang Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  White

Where to Buy:  Shang Tea

Product Description:

Ingredients: 100% Organic White tea leaves, Jasmine flowers- Antioxidant Rich

Truly a treasure tea, freely rolled tea leaves open to present a delicate and beautiful jasmine flavor. Jasmine Snow Dragon is a signature tea of Shang Tea .

Taster’s Review:

Do you love jasmine?  I mean, really love jasmine?  If your answer is yes, then have I got a tea for you!

I happen to LOVE jasmine tea.  The aroma is intoxicating, and the flavor elevates me to a place of pure joy when I sip it.  And this Jasmine Snow Dragon from Shang Tea is one of the BEST jasmine teas I’ve ever tasted.

From the moment I opened the pouch of this tea, I knew I was about to try something very special.  The aroma was so sweet and floral – it took my breath away.  It smelled like I was walking into a jasmine jungle!  Now, I don’t know if such a place exists, but if it did, it would smell like this tea.  It was as though I were surrounded by jasmine vines and shrubs while the petals “rained” down upon me.

And that amazing fragrance continues with the brewed tea.  Do be sure to inhale deeply before taking a sip of this tea.  My nostrils fill with the delightful scent of jasmine.

And the flavor!  OH!  The flavor!  It tastes so extravagant!  So luxurious!  (Forgive the exclamations!)

The jasmine flavor is very pungent – sweet floral notes with a bit of a sharp, bitter taste from the jasmine.  To the point where it might be off-putting for those who do not love jasmine.  But if you do love it – you will think you’ve died and gone to heaven.

The white tea base is very soft but it is not completely overpowered by jasmine.  There are soft, fresh notes from the white tea with the faintest whisper of vegetative taste.  The overall cup is sweet, very floral and just enough bitterness to keep it all interesting.

I recommend brewing this one in your gaiwan, using a little extra leaf and very short steeps.  This will get the most sweetness out of the jasmine without allowing it to develop to the point of being more bitter than sweet.

I LOVE this tea!  LOVE it!

20 Percent Off Jasmine Petal Green Tea

Two leaves and a bud Jasmine Petal Green Tea

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If you’ve never had this quality tea, it’s a revelation when you taste something like two leaves and a bud Jasmine Petal green tea. This is the sort of tea you taste as much with your nose as with your tongue, as its delicate, flowery Jasmine flower scent lingers over the cup.

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Lemon Cream Tea from Sands of Thyme

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green & White

Where to Buy:  Sands of Thyme on Artfire ~0r~ Sands of Thyme on Etsy

Product Description:

Ingredients: white tea China Pai Mu Tan, green tea Darjeeling, green tea China -Fog Tea, -Lung Ching, -Jasmine, -Jasmine Jade Pearls, orange peels, flavor, lemongrass, yogurt bits, lemon bits

Taster’s Review:

This tea has a lot going on, but, it works!

The base of green and white teas alone is rather interesting, consisting of a white tea (Pai Mu Tan) and several different green teas.  In the sample I received, I didn’t find any jasmine pearls, but I can definitely taste the presence of jasmine in this cup.  It is a soft note of jasmine, but I like that its there.

The white tea is not very distinguishable in this cup, although, I don’t think that this tea would taste the same without the white tea.  While it isn’t easy to discern specific “white tea” qualities, it is obvious that there is more than just green tea notes.  The base tastes lively and smooth.  There is some vegetative taste to the tea as well.  There is no bitterness to this tea.  A moderate amount of pucker-y astringency at the tail that works very well with the lemony flavor.

Although I didn’t notice any of the yogurt bits in the blend when I measured out the tea, I must have gotten some in there because I can taste the tangy taste of yogurt.  The yogurt along with the combination of teas (and this is where I suspect the white tea plays a role) create the creamy note of this tea which is not overwhelmingly creamy, but just enough to tie in with the name of the tea.  I’m not left asking “where’s the cream?” with this tea.

Overall, this is a very interesting and delightful cup of tea.  It isn’t too pungent or over-the-top, nor is it too subtle with its approach.  A very nice tea makes me think of spring on this cold winter’s eve!

Jasmine Oolong Tea from Enjoying Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong

Where to Buy:  Enjoying Tea

Product Description:

Jasmine Oolong is a favorite beverage for all seasons. It produces a pale yellowish brew with a rich and distinctive flavor expertly infused with the sweet, delicate fragrance of fresh summer jasmine. The tea has a very light and subtle jasmine flavor.

Taster’s Review:

I love this Jasmine Oolong!  It is wonderful!

The Oolong tea is light in flavor with a smooth, silky mouthfeel.  Just slightly vegetative but with very little buttery taste that is often associated with the greener Oolong varieties.  It has a hint of fruity taste as well, just barely there, lingering in the background.

There is a light astringency to it that seems to wash over the mouthfeel just enough so that it doesn’t impart a slick feeling in the finish.  The aftertaste is lightly floral.

The jasmine is so beautifully delicate in this cup.  It doesn’t overwhelm the palate and it isn’t too sweet or too sharp… a pleasant balance of characteristics to this jasmine, and I like that it doesn’t interfere with the complexity of the Oolong.

I steeped this in a gaiwan – steeping just 45 seconds for the first steep, and increasing the time by 15 seconds for each subsequent infusion.  I managed eight very flavorful infusions this way.  The sumptuous flavor is so comforting and delightful!

This is a tea I’d recommend to those who wish to explore jasmine but find some of the green jasmine teas to be a bit too sharp or overwhelming.  This jasmine may just be the perfect jasmine for you!

Jasmine White Tea Classic from Shang Tea

Tea Type: White Tea

Where To Buy: Shang Tea

Product Description:

Ingredients: Organic White tea leaves, Jasmine flowers- Antioxidant Rich

Artful and exquisite, combining our high quality white tea leaves with jasmine blossoms. Harvested in warm weather when the tea leaves grow quickly and form sweet, tightly-formed leaves

Tasters Review:

I guess you could say I am finicky or down right picky when it comes to Jasmine Tea.  I don’t want something that is what to strong that leaves a funky-lingering aftertaste like stale flowers and I don’t want something that tastes like hot water either.

Jasmine White Tea Classic from Shang Tea is one of the BEST Jasmine Flavored Teas I have ever had!

The Jasmine isn’t IN YOUR FACE and it doesn’t leave a weird aftertaste either!  The Jasmine is just the perfect amount for me and I LOVE the fact that they paired it with a White Tea!!!

This is really terrific!

Balinese Rainbow Jasmine Green Tea from Green Tea Lovers

Tea Type: Green Tea

Where To Buy: Green Tea Lovers

Product Description:

Country of Origin: China
Region: Fujian Province
Grade: Jasmine Grade 1
Altitude: 1500’ ft. above sea level
Manuf. Type: Orthodox
Infusion: Pale yellow to bright and green
Ingredients: Luxury green tea, Natural dried jasmine blossoms + buds, Osmanthus petals, Calendula + Sunflower petals, Cornflower petals, Safflower petals.
Character: Exotic full floral Jasmine. Smooth green tea flavor. Long delicate floral finish.

A luxury Jasmine green tea with cornflower, safflower, osmanthus, calendula and sunflower petals. The cup is a heavenly mixture of sweet floral notes and grassy undertones. A fabulous blend befitting the island that gives it its name.

Hot Tea: This tea is best enjoyed by pouring 180F or 90C water over the leaves (1 teaspoon per cup) for 3 minutes (longer=stronger). Don’t remove the leaves. Can be infused repeatedly 2-3 times using higher temperatures & shorter infusions until flavor is exhausted.

Iced Tea: Pour 1 1/4 cups of hot water over 6 teaspoons of tea and steep for 5 minutes. Pour into pitcher while straining leaves, add ice and top up with cold water to make a quart of iced tea. Garnish and sweeten to taste. Produced under ISO 14001 Certified Environmental Management Standards.

Tasters Review:

What a gorgeous green tea!

I was assuming it was just going to be green tea with flavoring but you can see all the different floral ingredients within.

It’s VERY pretty!   The Jasmine (and other flowers) are wonderfully done…noticeable but not overly intense….not to mention colorful and pleasing to the eyes!

There is a nice sweeter side of the green tea coming out and it shine thru with the floral notes!

This is REALLY nice…I wish more Jasmine Teas could be this nice!  Thank  you Green Tea Lovers for a beautiful tea…inside and out!  This wakes-up the sense, that is for sure!

Jasmine Tea from Byron Bay Tea Company

Tea Type: Green Tea

Where To Buy: Byron Bay Tea Company

Product Description:

This delicately flavoured jasmine tea features freshly rolled green tea leaves scented with exotic jasmine blossoms. Cool and refreshing, with a beautifully floral scent, this is a favourite among Chinese tea-drinkers.
Ingredients- Green Tea (Camellia sinensis) scented with Jasmine flowers.

Tasters Review:

This is an INCREDIBLE Jasmine!  Most of you know I usually don’t get all warm and fuzzy or overly excited about Jasmine Teas! BUT… I really didn’t know Jasmine could taste like this! It’s truly amazing!

It’s very sweet and clean and SMOOTH…it’s very soothing…

There is NO stale or perfumy type after taste that lingers (in a bad way) if you know what I mean!

This is MY KIND OF JASMINE!!!!  This just may be my favorite Jasmine to date!  This one REALLY surprised me and was very memorable!  Nicely done, Byron Bay Tea Company!

Nostalgia Dong Ding Oolong with Jasmine & Fresh Mint from Aftelier Perfumed Teas

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong

Where to Buy:  Aftelier Perfumed Teas

Product Description:

Rich and complex charcoal-roasted Tung-Ting oolong tea produces a fruity aroma that is exquisite with the cool mint and rich jasmine. These rolled leaves provide up to 4 infusions.

Taster’s Review:

This tea is very interesting.

First of all, as a cup of this tea sits before me, it smells amazing.  Like intoxicatingly (I don’t know if that was a word before now, but it is one now!) amazing.   But with such an enchanting smell … I become a little apprehensive when it comes to taking a sip.  What if it’s too perfume-y?

After all, it is a perfumed tea.  That alone sort of indicates that it might come across as perfume-y tasting.

However, it doesn’t.  The perfume melds with the buttery creaminess of the Oolong tea to create one of the most unusual yet delightful teas I’ve tasted in a very long time.  The Oolong has a slightly roasted back note that seems to tie all the flavors together quite nicely.  It’s a very unified taste.

That is not to say that the jasmine is not strong, because it is.  It is quite strong (this tea is for jasmine lovers only!) and tastes very floral.  But it tastes like a natural floral flavor; not a chemical-y, artificial-tasting, lab-recreated perfume.

The mint is quite a bit more subtle, but the flavor of it develops as I continue to sip.  Similarly, the scent of the mint develops as I continue to smell the tea.  The first couple of times I could barely smell the mint, and now it is more prominent, although it is still not as strong as the jasmine.

I recommend brewing this in a gaiwan – using short steep times.  30 seconds (or less) for the first infusion; increase by 15 seconds for each subsequent infusion.  Any longer and you may wind up with a very strong jasmine taste.

If you love jasmine (and I do!) this tea is the ULTIMATE.  You really must try it!

Rooibos Jasmine from Adagio Teas

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Rooibos

Where to Buy:  Adagio Teas

Company Description:

Rooibos tea from South Africa infused with the delicate scent of the night-blooming jasmine flowers. If you enjoy jasmine tea, we urge you to try the sublime taste of its well-made varieties. This unique flavor produces a sweet, caffeine-free cup with a light and lingering scent of fresh jasmine flowers.

Taster’s Review:

With some teas, they grow on me and I find that as I continue to drink the tea, I like it better and better.   With this tea, it’s – sadly – quite the opposite.  I liked it the first time I tried it, but now after having had a couple of cups of this tea, I am finding that I like it less.

I had high hopes for it.  I ~LOVE~ jasmine, and was really hoping that this would be awesome, and I’m a bit disappointed that it isn’t all I had hoped it would be.

Somehow, the sweet yet sharp jasmine flavor does not meld well with that funky saccharine-y sweet taste of the rooibos.  I can taste the woody notes of the rooibos, which is at times pleasant (depending upon the blend), but, here, it just doesn’t work for me.  I really wish it did – but it just doesn’t.

Don’t get me wrong, it isn’t a bad tea, but, I just don’t hold it in as high regard as I wanted to.  It doesn’t do jasmine justice, and I think that is a shame.

I would really love to hear from our readers that have tried this tisane and enjoyed it.  I would love to hear other perspectives on this interesting yet disappointing blend.

Jasmine from Byron Bay Tea Company

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Byron Bay Tea Company

Product Description:

This delicately flavoured jasmine tea features freshly rolled green tea leaves scented with exotic jasmine blossoms. Cool and refreshing, with a beautifully floral scent, this is a favourite among Chinese tea-drinkers.

Taster’s Review:

Jasmine teas are among my favorite teas.  And what I love most about jasmine teas is the aroma.  This Jasmine from Byron Bay Tea Company smells amazing!  Before brewing, the dry leaf reminds me of the smell of air.  But not just any air… imagine walking through a grassy meadow, and all around you are jasmine vines.  Imagine how delightful the air would smell!  That’s what this tea smells like in dry form.  The brewed liquor takes on a slightly lighter fragrance, but, it is still quite enchanting.

And it is so delicious.  The green tea is soft – almost like velvet – on the tongue, with a pleasantly fresh taste.  I am getting very little astringency here, and no bitterness.  Just a lightly sweet taste that unites well with the jasmine notes.

The jasmine flavor is in perfect balance with the flavor and texture of the green tea.  Soft, delicate, sweet – but not too much of any of these.  This jasmine does not have that pungent floral sharpness that so often accompanies jasmine teas.

In fact, if I were to choose just one word to describe this tea, the word would be soft.  But do not confuse the word “soft” with “lack of flavor” because this tea has flavor!  With this tea, when I say “soft” I am talking about silky soft… micro-plush kind of soft.  Textural soft.  That texture translates so well into the flavor that soft becomes a flavor here.

Absolutely delicious!  A must try for lovers of jasmine tea!

White Tiger from East Pacific Tea Company

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  White

Where to Buy:  East Pacific Tea Co.

Product Description:

This ancient Chinese jasmine tea is sure to make your mouth water. With a light flavor and an amazing floral scent, this tea will melt all of your worries away.

Taster’s Review:

OK, most of the tea descriptions that are written by the tea company, I take with a grain of salt.  Of course they’re going to sing the praises of the tea, right?

But, in this case, I have to completely agree with the above product description from East Pacific Tea Company.  This tea DOES make my mouth water, and it also melts the worries and stress of the day away!  This is one of the best jasmine teas I’ve ever tasted!

As some of you may be aware, I am incredibly fond of jasmine teas.  For the longest time, my favorite (my precious!) were jasmine pearls.  Nothing even came close for me.  But, since that time, I’ve discovered jasmine white teas, and I like jasmine with white tea better than green.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I still have a place in my heart for my precious jasmine pearls.  But, brand me with the scarlet letter if you must, my heart belongs to two – my pearls and jasmine white teas.

The delicate nature of the white tea has a way of bringing out the softer side of jasmine.  This tea is not sharp or perfume-y nor does it leave any unpleasant taste in the finish.  Instead, it is soft, sweet, and somewhat dream-inducing!  As I sip, I can feel my cares get lifted away as I feel my mind soar above the clouds!

The poetic qualities of this tea aside, I suppose I needn’t say it but I shall:  of all the jasmine white teas that I’ve tasted, this one is my favorite.  The white tea is sweet with faint grassy notes.  No bitterness, no astringency.  Just soft, sweet, and delicious.

The jasmine is also soft and sweet with a distinct floral note but without the sharp attitude that sometimes comes along with a jasmine tea.  It feels soft and smooth as it glides over the palate.

This is jasmine tea at it’s finest.  I highly recommend it to all jasmine enthusiasts out there, but be warned, it’s addicting!

Jasmine Pearl Scented Green Tea from Teahouse Kuan Yin

Tea Type: Jasmine (Green Tea)

Where To Buy: Teahouse Kuan Yin

Product Description:

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.

Tasters Review:

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!

Product Review: Jasmine Tea-Infused Chocolate Truffle from Arbor Teas

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Where to Buy:  Arbor Teas

Company Description:

Dark chocolate ganache infused with our wonderfully-floral Jasmine Pearl Green Tea and grapefruit zest, diamond cut and dipped in white chocolate.

Taster’s Review:

Editor’s Note:  This review represents part 5 of 6 reviews, one review for each of the six flavors in the truffle collection available from Arbor Teas

Of the six truffles in this collection, I think that this one is the prettiest.  The pretty lavender blossoms on the white chocolate shell are beautiful!  This is almost too pretty to eat.  Almost!

The white chocolate shell is sweet and has just a little bit of snap to it when I bite into it, just before it gives way and my teeth sink into the tea-infused dark chocolate ganache.

I worried that I wouldn’t be able to taste the jasmine tea over the strong flavor of the dark chocolate ganache.  But after allowing the chocolate to slowly melt on my tongue, I could taste the jasmine notes.  The flavor is delicate amid the dark chocolate, but I can taste the jasmine and the green tea.

I think that the addition of the grapefruit zest helps this truffle immensely.  The grapefruit essence penetrates the deep chocolate flavor and enhances the flavor of the jasmine tea, and creates a euphoric experience for the palate!  This is absolutely amazing!

Of the five truffles that I’ve tasted thus far, this one is my favorite.  Delicious!  I am sad though, that I only have one truffle left.  I must send my husband a link to these truffles in the hopes that he will order some for me for Christmas!

Jasmine Silver Tip Tea from Rare Tea Co.

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  White

Where to Buy:  Rare Tea Co.

Company Description:

Jasmine Silver Tip Tea is the most delicate and delicious jasmine tea available anywhere.

Among it’s many admirers are acclaimed chef Tom Aiken and the sommelier Katie Exton.

Rare Tea’s jasmine silver tips comprises only the most tender spring leaf-buds which have been carefully mixed by hand with fresh jasmine flowers.

After the silver tips have been plucked from a tea garden high in the Fujian mountains they are taken to a jasmine farm.

They are crafted by night when the flowers give off their heady perfume.  At an exact temperature and humidity the tender silver tips absorb the jasmine’s scent. The tea is then dried and the jasmine flowers removed. This process is repeated six times, over six consecutive nights to add a unique depth of flavour.

Although the scenting is deep the silver tips retain their delicate sweetness.   The jasmine aroma is all in the ‘nose’ leaving the flavour both subtle and soft.

No flavourings or oils are used.   This is completely pure tea that has been mingled with flowers to take on their scent and then the flowers are removed.

Taster’s Review:

I love jasmine teas.  And until a year or so ago, I thought that jasmine pearls were the pinnacle of jasmine teas, and then I was introduced to silver needle jasmine teas.  And now, It would be a difficult decision to choose between the two.  I just hope there is room enough at the top for both!

This is one of the finest silver needle jasmine teas I’ve encountered.  It brews to a beautiful pale golden color which emits the softest, loveliest jasmine fragrance imaginable.  It’s so enchanting and soothing.

The flavor is amazing.  The white tea flavor is very delicate but in perfect balance with the jasmine essence.  The flavor is light and sweet.  There is no real “vegetative” taste to this tea, just fresh, floral and lively.  There is also a very light mouthfeel that is soft and silky.  For such a light tea, there is an abundance of pleasing flavor.

One of the best things about silver needle jasmine teas is that they produce many very flavorful infusions and this one is no exception.  I managed five very tasty infusions from one measurement of leaves.

If you like jasmine teas, you really MUST try this one.  You can thank me later!

Jasmine Silver Needle from Canton Tea Company

Tea Type: White Tea

Where To Buy: Canton Tea

Product Description:

Entirely hand-made from Fuding Da Bai Hao tips and sun dried, this delicious silver needle white tea is a high quality Yin Zhen with the characteristic white hairs on a pale green leaf. This high quality Silver Needle white tea has been infused only with the freshest hand-picked jasmine blossoms. Unlike many Jasmine teas this is an authentic infusion made by scattering the Jasmine flowers over the tea buds over several nights so the buds absorb the naturally sweet, heady scent of the jasmine.

The liquor is light and bright and the taste is soft and mellow with the notes of Jasmine lifting the flavour and leaving a long and pleasant aftertaste.

Brewing tip : The Chinese brew this skillfully made tea very lightly so a serving of just 2 grams will be enough to give a delicious infusion. Brew at 75c and infuse at least 3 time.

Tasters Review:

This Jasmine Silver Needle is just perfect for me!  It’s weird because I’m not usually drawn to Jasmine nor am I a fanatic of Silver Needle but this is really great!

I don’t know what it is but this specific Jasmine Silver Needle from Canton Tea reminds me of my grandparent’s backyard in Florida…the way it smells…that is.  Very airy…clean, crisp, floral.  A breath of fresh air!

The taste of the tea is super crisp and clean, too!  The Jasmine doesn’t have that funky old floral after taste that some Jasmines seem to have.  Everything is RIGHT with this Jasmine Silver Needle…at least for me it is!  This should have been called Jennifer’s Jasmine Silver Needle!  (Just kidding)

Jasmine from TeaSpree

Jasmine

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  TeaSpree

Company Description:

A scent that beckons, these delicate flowers woo.

Ingredients:  Green Tea and Jasmine Flowers.

Taster’s Review:

This is such a light and pleasant jasmine green tea!  The aroma is delicate yet captivating.  It really draws me in to the teacup.

The flavor is like the aroma – delicate yet captivating.  The green tea base is soft and smooth.  It has a fresh taste to it and a barely there vegetative essence.  It’s pleasantly sweet, but not too sweet.

The jasmine is a gentle jasmine.  Sometimes jasmine teas can be somewhat sharp in flavor, but, not so here.  It is gentle and inspires a sense of tranquility.  It has a light floral taste with an accompanying sweetness.

I think this tea is best served hot because the delicate nature of the flavor can become quite muted when it chills.  It is still quite refreshing when cold, it just tastes better hot.  This is one of the most luxurious jasmine teas I’ve encountered.  Very nice, indeed!

Jasmine Photo from Wikipedia

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