Flower tea as a healthy beverage is the best choice for drinking in Spring as it could dispel out the cold which left in people’s body in winter, the aroma of flower tea could make people positive, keep fresh and dispel sleepy.

From the flower teas, Jasmine tea is firstly recommended, for it is favored by old and young, but also have the outstanding nutrition and health value. Some consumer said jasmine tea helps with all kinds of headache.

Compared with Chrysanthemums and Rose Flower, jasmine has sweeter smell, reputed as “ Smell Spring, drink Spring”, which is a Chinese expression.

Jasmine tea production:

1. Tea Base
Jasmine tea is made from tea leaves scented with jasmine flower, for the tea leaves to absorb the aroma of flowers. In most case, jasmine tea are used green tea leaves as the tea base, for they are best able to absorb the jasmine aroma.

For different origin, the production craft and characteristic is different, Fujian jasmine tea is the most famous one because of they are elegant appearance, more pekoe, stronger aroma, fresh aftertaste, bright yellow-green soup, uniform tender green leaves, durable infusion.

2. Scenting— the procedure of absorbing flower aroma

Beside the tea base, scenting is the most procedure. Jasmine flowers are harvested during the day and stored in a cool place until night. During the night, the flowers bloom with full fragrance. The flowers are layered over the tea leaves during the scenting process. Each morning, the spent flowers are removed and fresh blossoms readied for the evening. This process is repeated a number of times, depending on the grade of tea. For top jasmine grades, the nightly infusion continue for twelve consecutive nights. But It is required at least 3 repeated time tea leaves to absorb the fragrance. As long as processing is in the right way, for sure it will be with rich floral scents which many people find quite enjoyable.

Selecting good jasmine tea tips:

1. Look
Normally, top jasmine tea is made from tea with tender buds. Take Fujian jasmine tea as a sample: The top jasmine tea strip is long and full with more white hair, they are buds without leaves, the second grade is one bud with one leave or one tender bud with two leaves, more white hair. Less buds or more leaves could be regarded as the lower grade jasmine tea.

2. Smell
Fragrance of good jasmine tea should be strong and great for nose, smell should be fresh without any strange odor.

3. Taste
Taste it before purchasing if possible, observe if the soup color is bright, smell without any other odor, taste tender without bitter, if so, then it is nice choice.

Main classification of Jasmine tea:

1. Fujian Jasmine Tea Leaves
It is produced in Fuzhou or East& North part of Fujian, baked green tea selected for scenting.
Among Fujian jasmine teas, the top grade tea is Jasmine Dabaihao, which the tea leaves covered with many white hairs as the material. ( Baihao was translated into white hair in Chinese, the more baihao the tea has, the higher quality the tea is.)

With refined production craft, ready to sell jasmine Dabaihao are buds covered with white hair, tender yellow soup, rich aroma, pure and mellow taste.

2. Jasmine Pearl Teas
Jasmine pearl tea is made in Fuzhou, Fujian province. Each “pearl” is a hand-sewn smooth green tea with a rich jasmine bouquet , there beautiful pearls are rolled from the tender shoots of tea leaves and buds to unfold the rich and smooth sweet floral flavor. They are usually rolled around the blossom very tightly, then tied with cotton thread. This bundling allows the tea leaves time for intense infusion, while preparing something of a surprise for the tea brewer. When hot water is poured over the pearl, it opens, or “blooms,” into a spectacular underwater flower display.

3. Jasmine Silver Needle white tea
Different to other jasmine tea use green tea as the tea base , it marries the finest silver needle white tea from Fuding with fragrance of fresh jasmine flowers to create the perfect balance of delicate white tea taste and sweet jasmine aromatics. It is many people’s favorite, even it is pricey , but it worth it.