This week we had a delivery from Canton Tea Co – some samples of their loose leaf tea, including their Jasmine Tea.
For me, this was the one that I was particularly keen to try – their jasmine pearls tea. I just love the fragrance of jasmine and adding it to a tea seems so natural and the perfect thing to do with this amazing flower.
As soon as I tear open Canton Tea Co’s re-sealable pack, the fragrance of jasmine tea hits my nostrils. This strong floral, almost hay-like aroma escapes from the tightly-packed little balls of tea.
It’s no surprise to learn that the jasmine shrub is a genus of the olive family – which explains the hay-like smell, just like some green olives share a similar smell and taste – a very rustic flavour that’s hard to draw any other comparison to.
Pouring water onto these little jasmine balls sees them begin to unfurl and infuse the water with a light green hue, which gradually becomes a darker and darker green throughout the brewing process.
When the tea is ready to drink, it’s a very deep olive green – again reminiscent of jasmine’s link to the olive family.
Taking a sip, the fragrance hits me again and I expect quite a bitter flavour from the tea – but no bitterness. This is actually quite a creamy taste – smooth and aromatic.
It’s not one of those Green Teas that makes you feel sick if you drink on an empty stomach, as it doesn’t have the same bitterness. It’s a warming, soothing, yet invigorating blend that is rather soothing and comforting.
This is down to Canton only using the tender, young leaves of the tea plant, and not leaving the jasmine flowers in the final product (instead just using them to infuse flavour in the tea leaves) – making it a truly refined brew.
Here’s what Canton Tea Co says about this blend:
These Jasmine Pearls have been hailed as one of the UK’s finest Jasmine teas. The young green tea buds are hand-rolled and suffused with only the freshest jasmine blossoms in the traditional way: the tea and the flowers are layered together over successive nights, allowing the heady, delicate jasmine to impart its beautiful aroma. Most of the Jasmine tea on the market is artificially scented, but ours is all natural, capturing the floral sweetness of jasmine without overwhelming the soft, creamy green tea.
After reading this, and the care they take with their blends, it’s easy to see why this jasmine tea is one of the finest I’ve ever tasted, and I can’t wait to try Canton Tea Co’s other sample shortly.