Friday, February 14, 2014

Min River Tea Jasmine White

Country of Origin: China
Leaf Appearance: large downy buds
Ingredients: scented white tea
Steep time: 2 minutes
Water Temperature: 175 degrees
Preparation Method: glass teapot
Liquor: pale gold

I don't drink nearly as much jasmine as I used to but I still find a pot now and then very enjoyable. The base tea for this was a visually appealing silver needle, full of large downy buds. Their floral aroma when dry was faint but very pleasant. The taste was sweet, vegetal and floral with notes of hay and a somewhat dry finish. I loved that the tea was able to shine through, even with the jasmine scenting. It did not come across as artificial or perfumy at all. I think that even those who don't enjoy flowery teas would be likely to enjoy it. +Min River Tea has always been a source of high quality tea for me and I was happy to find that their scented teas are also fantastic. It's important to know where your tea comes from and they provide very specific sourcing information as well as beautiful images of jasmine blossoms. While you can certainly find jasmine white teas that are less expensive than this one, I can almost guarantee that they will not be nearly as nice.

Jasmine White sample provided by Min River Tea.