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Jasmine Tea

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About Jasmine Tea

Loose-leaf green tea, with dark, slightly curled leaves
Jasmine green tea typically does not contain jasmine flowers; the leaves are combined with flowers but the flowers are removed after scenting.
Jasmine tea, in Chinese mòlì huāchá(茉莉花茶), is a scented tea produced by mixing the leaves of the tea plant (Camellia sinensis) with jasmine blossoms (Jasminum sp.). Jasmine tea is frequently made out of green tea, although it can be made of black tea, white tea, or pouchong (bao zhong) as well.

Jasmine tea has a floral aroma that is sometimes described as perfume-like.

An overwhelming majority of jasmine tea originates in China, although small amounts are produced in other countries. Although it originated in China and is usually associated with Chinese tea culture, jasmine tea is one of the most well-known of the traditional scented teas, and is popular in western countries as well.

Traditionally-scented jasmine tea

A basket with jasmine blossoms and tea leaves
Jasmine blossoms combined with tea leaves in a basket; the blossoms will be separated, usually blown away with a fan as they are lighter than the tea leaves, before the tea is finished. Public domain photo by Daqve Dahl.
Tea connoisseurs and specialty tea companies make an important distinction between traditionally scented jasmine tea and modern "shortcut" methods. Traditionally, jasmine tea is produced by placing jasmine blossoms together with the tea leaf in a closed area, shortly after the blossoms open. After most of the aroma has left the blossoms, these blossoms are removed, and new, fresh blossoms are added.

The number of scentings differs greatly from tea to tea; because this process is time-consuming and labor intensive, it greatly adds to the cost of the tea. Some high grades of jasmine use as many as 7 or more scentings in their production. In contrast, some tea companies just add an oil or extract to the leaves of the jasmine plant. If this oil is naturally produced (or even organic), the resulting jasmine tea will be considered all natural (or organic) by western standards, but such teas have been produced by a shortcut, from the perspective of traditional processing methods.

Rather than listing jasmine teas under the headings of flavored green, black, etc. teas, RateTea lists all jasmine teas under this category or sub-categories because they tend to have much more in common with each other aroma-wise than they do with their "base" teas.

Health benefits and effects specific to jasmine tea

Some studies have examined the health effects of jasmine tea or chemicals isolated from jasmine tea. However, most of these studies have focused on the catechins, antioxidants originating in the tea plant, and not the jasmine flowers. One study, however, examined the aroma of jasmine tea and found that it had a sedative effect. The odor of jasmine tea was compared to lavender, a scent known to also promote relaxation, and found to have a similar effect. The chemical, (R)-(–)-linalool, originating in the jasmine plant, was found to be responsible for some of these effects. [1]

References:

1. Kyoko Kuroda et. al. Sedative effects of the jasmine tea odor and (R)-(−)-linalool, one of its major odor components, on autonomic nerve activity and mood states, European Journal of Applied Physiology, .Vol. 95, No. 2-3 (2005).


Further Reading:

Traditional processing of Jasmine Green Tea - Life in Teacup, Nov. 8, 2010.

Varieties, Kinds, or Types of Jasmine Tea

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Yin Hao JasmineYin Hao Jasmine

Best Jasmine Tea

The notion of the "best" Jasmine Tea is subjective, because different people have different tastes. We present the most often-rated and highest-rated teas in this category, and allow you to draw your own conclusions.

Most Often-Rated Teas

Picture of Dragon Pearl Jasmine

Dragon Pearl Jasmine

Brand:Harney and Sons
Style:Jasmine Tea
Region:Fujian, China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
93
5 Ratings
Picture of Jasmine Petal

Jasmine Petal

Brand:Two Leaves Tea
Style:Jasmine Tea
Region:China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Sachet
93
5 Ratings
Picture of Organic Jasmine Green Tea

Organic Jasmine Green Tea

Brand:Novus Tea
Style:Jasmine Tea
Region:?????
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Sachet
88
4 Ratings
Picture of China Jasmine Green Tea

China Jasmine Green Tea

Brand:Foojoy
Style:Jasmine Tea
Region:China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Teabag
9
4 Ratings
Picture of Organic Jasmine Silver Needle Tea

Organic Jasmine Silver Needle Tea

Brand:Wegmans
Style:Jasmine Tea
Region:China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
70
3 Ratings

Top-Rated Teas

Picture of Dragon Pearl Jasmine

Dragon Pearl Jasmine

Brand:Harney and Sons
Style:Jasmine Tea
Region:Fujian, China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
93
5 Ratings
Picture of Jasmine Petal

Jasmine Petal

Brand:Two Leaves Tea
Style:Jasmine Tea
Region:China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Sachet
93
5 Ratings
Picture of Organic Jasmine Green Tea

Organic Jasmine Green Tea

Brand:Novus Tea
Style:Jasmine Tea
Region:?????
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Sachet
88
4 Ratings
Picture of Jasmine Dragon Phoenix Pearls Green Tea

Jasmine Dragon Phoenix Pearls Green Tea

Brand:Teavana
Style:Jasmine Pearls
Region:?????
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
71
3 Ratings
Picture of Organic Jasmine Silver Needle Tea

Organic Jasmine Silver Needle Tea

Brand:Wegmans
Style:Jasmine Tea
Region:China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
70
3 Ratings

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