I was super-excited when Pique Tea’s jasmine tea crystals came through the door.
As anyone who reads this blog regularly knows, I’m a massive fan of matcha tea. The whole premise of matcha tea is that you consume the actual tea leaf – giving you maximum antioxidants and other health-boosting properties. Now, with Pique’s tea crystals, the concept is pretty similar – there’s no bag, no whole leaves, just delicate, tiny crystals.
These crystals are formed from a concentrated brew – giving it a slight difference to matcha tea, in that you aren’t consuming the leaf itself, but a highly concentrated brew – full of flavour and antioxidants.
Upon opening a sachet of the Jasmine tea crystals, a hay-like, perfumed aroma hits my nose – something I love about Jasmine tea normally, but this version seems even more potent with some fine powder escaping as I tear the sachet open and dispersing in the air.
I pour on the hot water and the fragrance intensifies still.
There’s no waiting for this to steep – as soon as the water hits the crystals dissolve and turn the water a deep yellow/orange.
I take a sip, and this is one fine quality jasmine tea. The bouquet entertains my nostrils whilst in my mouth, the brew has a very thick mouthfeel, almost creamy, with the floral notes of the jasmine flowers and almost grass-like notes of the Green Tea.
This is clearly a high-quality jasmine tea, and I just love the novelty of it having been crystallized – it makes it so convenient to quickly and easily make a high quality tea. I’ll definitely be taking the rest of these sachets to my office.
Here’s what Pique Tea themselves have to say about this blend:
This elegant Jasmine tea is made using spring-harvested green tea from a lush mountain valley in Zhejiang Province in China, and combined with fresh Jasmine flowers petals plucked at the peak of their freshness. According to our unique technique, this green tea is blended 5 separate times with batches of fresh Jasmine petals to create a perfect delicate aroma.
And I concur, this is one of the most elegant jasmine teas I’ve tasted, and one of the most innovative too – keep it up, Pique!