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About Jasmine Tea

Loose-leaf green tea with slightly curved textureJasmine tea usually does not contain jasmine flowers; after scenting, the flowers are removed. The appearance here, looking just like a green tea, is typical.
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.

Although it is usually associated with Chinese tea culture, jasmine tea is one of the most well-known of the traditional scented teas, and is popular and widely-available in Western countries as well, and is one of several teas commonly served in Chinese restaurants.

Regions of production

An overwhelming majority of jasmine tea is produced in China, where it originated, with small amounts made in Taiwan. The largest producer is Fujian province, but some jasmine tea is made in at least 9 different provinces.

Other countries, including India and Boliiva, have produced Jasmine tea but only in limited batches that are not regularly available.

Traditionally-scented jasmine tea

Basket filled with lots of white flowers and a few green leavesJasmine 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 tea leaves. 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 its own 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.

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Organic Jasmine Green Tea from OLLTco

Style: Jasmine Tea – Region: Fujian, China
Oct. 9th, 2018

I'm not sure what I was expecting from this tea, but it isn't what I expected. I did expect a floral aroma, and I got one. It smells like jasmine, but not JUST jasmine. It almost seems like a jasmine/dandelion blend to me. Similarly, the flavor isn't a true jasmine, and certainly isn't what I expect from a green tea. I...

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China Jasmine from Mark T. Wendell

Style: Jasmine Tea – Region: China
Jun. 7th, 2018

Buddha teaches all things in moderation. This tea fits the bill. The jasmine is just right, not overpowering, not hidden. It's a nice tea for reading, or studying. I got this as a sample in my last MTW order and will order it again. I like it.

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Jasmine Green Tea from Twinings

Style: Jasmine Tea – Region: ?????
Jun. 7th, 2018

I got this before I got into loose leaf tea, otherwise I wouldn't have bothered. As with most cheap jasmine green teas, it smells better than it tastes, but that's especially true for bagged jasmine. It has a sour vegetal flavor that barely resembles a decent loose leaf green tea. I used a few bags to scent some gunpow...

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An amazing tea, somewhat soapy(probably due to steeping error), but the taste is excellent, and it smells amazing, but that is typical of a jasmine tea. This tea is very expensive, and I didn't see much improvement over other jasmine pearls.

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China Jasmine Green Tea from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Jasmine Tea – Region: China
Apr. 21st, 2018

Here is a mediocre jasmine tea from Upton, which does offer some better ones. The base tea is not very interesting, and the flower aspect is not the best. It is still drinkable tho, and it does smell nice. It is called "China Jasmine" on the website but the label reads "Jasmine Green Tea." Offered at a low price.

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