- Serving Size: 2.5g /cup
- Steeping Temp: 78°C
- Steeping Time: 2 mins.
- Certification: Conventional
- Origin: China
- Caffeine: Medium Light
Prepared by infusing green tea leaves with night-blooming jasmine flowers for several consecutive nights, Jasmine tea is one of the best known China Green teas, originating from the Song Dynasty around 1000CE. Cultivated at altitudes over 1500ft, this popular tea has a clean and delicate taste with the subtle yet exquisite aroma of jasmine blossoms, reminiscent of summery evenings and gentle breezes.
Story, Folklore, History...
The Birth of the Jasmine Blossom:Kama, the Indian God of Love, often adorns his arrows with fragrant flowers including jasmine blossoms to better pierce the hearts and desires of this targets. It is said in Hindu Mythology, that in a fight between Shiva and Kama (the God of Love), Kama dropped his bow and it broke into five pieces, each piece becoming different trees, one of which transforms into the five-petalled white Jasmine.
Tasting NotesCertification: Conventional
Grade or Quality: Leaf
Aroma: Jasmine, earthy
Infusion Aroma: Faint jasmine
Infusion Color: Amber
Base flavor: Floral
Infusion Strength: Medium
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From the Shanti Tea Canada Blog
How to steep green tea properly - by Richard Isaac
In our workshops we come across a lot of people who didn’t previously realize that steeping time and water temperature affect the taste of tea drastically. Just a difference of 15 seconds, or a temperature variance of as little as 2 degrees can make the difference between an exquisite cup of tea and an awfully bitter tea experience.
Green tea, White Tea, and Oolong Tea
Using boiling water to steep tea only works well for black teas and herbal ‘teas’. For green, white, and oolong teas, boiling water can burn the tea leaves and make the tea very bitter. Generally there is a range between 75C and 85C for green, white, and oolong teas (see our specific tea product pages for temperature guidelines), but of course most people do not have a thermometer ready to measure water temperature; instead, they will simply wait for the kettle to whistle, then pour water onto the leaves. Again, this is fine for black teas and herbal teas, but there are a few tricks you can use to make sure that your water is closer to the appropriate temperature for your tea.