This tea is reminiscent of walking through a meadow of flowers on a light, windy spring day. The high quality infusion of jasmine is what really makes this tea special. Like a high quality Jasmine Pearl, this jasmine scented and flavored Green Tea is a delight to drink with heavy floral notes mixed with the green grassy notes of the green tea.
Narien Teas describes this tea as:
Jasmine Yin Hao is an aromatic organic green tea scented with jasmine blossoms. Thin downy leaves infuse into a light green cup with a delicate, sweet flavor.
Tea scented with the aroma of jasmine flowers has been a specialty in China since the Sung Dynasty ruled over 800 years ago. The jasmine plant was brought to China from Persia before the third century. These fragrant flowers first made their appearance in tea around the fifth century.
Jasmine Yin Hao is grown at high elevation the mountainous Fujian province, China. It is harvested in the spring and stored until early summer when fresh jasmine flowers are in bloom.
Jasmine flowers are picked early in the day when the small petals are tightly closed. The flowers are kept cool until nightfall.
In the early evening when the flowers begin to open, The green tea is blended with the jasmine flowers and stored overnight. The night blooming jasmine flower then opens and releases their fragrance into the tea.
It takes four or more hours for the tea to absorb the fragrance and flavour of the Jasmine blossoms, this process may be repeated for as many as six or seven times.
The tea absorbs moisture from the fresh jasmine flowers so it must be refired to prevent spoilage.
This is by far the most high quality Jasmine Yin Hao I’ve tasted, and the whole dried jasmine flowers in it are absolutely stunning to the eyes, nose and palate. It gets a little sharp and bold when oversteeped, but never did a trace of bitterness enter the cup. This is a delicate bouquet of flowers and tea leaves that I recommend drinking plain without sweetener (that tends to overwhelm teas like this and make it syrupy) or milk product (which would just be strange in this). A lovely green tea for any time of day!