Jasmine Tea - Fuzhou, China

Jasmine Tea - Fuzhou, China

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Old Beijing 20g

  • Location: Fu Jian, Fu Zhou
  • Elevation: 300m

Jasmine tea has been popular in Beijing for centuries, lending its name to this common tea. The leaves are machine picked for higher yield.

Falling Snowflakes 5g

  • Location: Fu Jian, Fu Zhou
  • Elevation: 400m

This and the Old Beijing are scented the same, but a higher elevation and more intentional picking give this tea a higher quality base leaf.

Dragon Pearls 5g

  • Location: Fu Jian, Fu Zhou
  • Elevation: 400m

The green tea leaves used here were hand picked and hand rolled into balls called “pearls”, which slowly unfurl as you brew. These pearls can withstand hotter water and need longer steep times if using low temp water.

Jasmine King 5g

  • Location: Fu Jian, Fu Zhou
  • Elevation: 400m

In refutation to the "rectification of names", this highly refined needle shaped Jasmine Tea has a divine right to be called king apart from the status of any empire past or future.

 

Jasmine Tea

The process of scenting tea leaves with Jasmine flowers takes years of skill exercised over just a few short weeks each year. In early June the flowers are picked, either at night as they are blooming or the afternoon prior by skilled workers who can tell which buds are on the verge of waking. Those picked in the afternoon still have enough nutrients in them to bloom after nightfall. By this time the flowers are already resting on layered trays, alternating between jasmine and tea leaves. Over several days this scenting process occurs, with the flowers being replaced to add fresh fragrance and the tea leaves being rebaked to keep them susceptible to the flavors floating in the air. Sometimes Jasmine petals are sprinkled through the finished teas as decoration, but do not impact flavor. Thus our sweet, floral, delicate Jasmine Tea is born.

 

It took many centuries for Jasmine tea to become popular after it was first produced, supposedly in the 5th century. The earliest reference I can find to Jasmine tea is from the 13th century.

Jasmine first grew common after Prince Zhu Quan, the famous military commander and son of an Emperor, mentioned flower tea in his pivotal  book “Tea Manual”. He devoted his life to culture after his political life was destroyed by his brother. In another few centuries this tea would reach widespread popularity, during the Manchu (or Qing) Dynasty, the last Chinese dynasty, which ruled China from 1644 all the way until 1912.

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Please Note: there may be danger associated with drinking large quantities of Jasmine Tea while Pregnant.

Jasmine - "Process Added" - Tea

Any style of tea can act as a base for adding flavor or aroma, with the most popular examples being Earl Gray (black tea) and Jasmine (green tea). There are many ways to flavor tea. Even resting leaves near fragrant plants can impart flavor. "Natural Flavoring" is when a tea is coated in essential oils or alcohol with extracted plant flavor in it. Simply mixing other herbs into the teas is the most common form of flavoring. All of these Jasmines are made with jasmine flower, and not with jasmine oil.

None of these teas include artificial anything!