Definition: Jasmine tea generally refers to a tea (not an "herbal tea") that has been scented with jasmine flowers or flavourings.
Jasmine tea is usually made with green tea.
Types of Jasmine Tea
Although the most common type of jasmine tea is jasmine green tea, jasmine white tea, jasmine oolong and jasmine black tea also exist. In some cases, these variations are simply jasmine-
In addition to tea type, jasmine teas are also differentiated by the leaves used to make them and their shapes.
Different jasmine green teas are made with different grades of green tea. The best are made with a large ratio of tea buds to tea leaves. These will have a subtler, more delicate flavour than teas made with larger leaves and fewer buds.
Some jasmine teas are left as basic loose-
How Jasmine Tea is Scented
Traditional jasmine green tea is harvested, made into green tea, stored until the jasmine flower harvest, and then scented during a multi-
In the more laborious and expensive method, fresh jasmine flowers are placed on a tray below a woven tray of tea leaves in a warm room. The jasmine flowers are replaced often, at great expense, to give the tea an ethereal, light aroma and flavour. Then, the tea is dried and packaged to be sold.
In the second, cheaper method of making jasmine green tea with real jasmine flowers, the leftover, wilted flowers from the first process are mix in with green tea leaves, allowed to impart their scent, and then separated out from the tea before the tea is dried and packaged. Sometimes, a few jasmine flowers will remain in the tea when it is sold.
Some jasmine green teas are flavoured with natural jasmine essential oil, jasmine natural flavour, artificial jasmine flavor or a mix of flower flavours. Although real jasmine essential oil is extremely expensive (one of the most expensive essential oils in the world, in fact), this flavour-
Jasmine Tea & Health
Generally speaking, jasmine tea is only as healthy as the tea used to make it was before it was flavoured. However, there is some added benefit in terms of the relaxing scent of jasmine, which researchers found was akin to the relaxing scent of lavender in terms of lowering heart rate. Additionally, jasmine flavouring may entice people to drink it more often than unflavoured tea, and a tea you drink is much healthier for you than a tea that sits in your cupboard! Some people also claim that jasmine acts as an aphrodisiac. (Just when you thought tea was tame!)
Please note that there is some danger associated with drinking large quantities of jasmine tea during pregnancy, and that jasmine tea is best drunk in moderation. Also, while jasmine tea (like many other tea types) is claimed to increase metabolism, it is best to avoid drinking it on an empty stomach, as it is somewhat acidic and can cause stomach discomfort.
Making & Drinking Jasmine Tea
Jasmine tea is usually best steeped with filtered water that is around 87.7 degrees Celsius(simmering, not boiling). Three minutes is usually plenty. About one teaspoon per cup of loose-
When drinking jasmine tea, be sure to enjoy its soothing aroma and soft aftertaste. If the aftertaste is astringent or cloying, try a different jasmine tea, lower your steeping temperature or shorten your steeping time. A good quality, well steeped jasmine tea should be light and clean, with an aroma and aftertaste like a fine perfume.
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