Posted by Taylor on September 19, 2010
So what exactly puts the "jasmine" in our
Organic Jasmine Green Tea?
Generally speaking, the term "jasmine" refers to an entire genus of shrubs and vines within the olive family Oleaceae. But the kind used to scent tea, Jasmine sambac, is a berry-producing plant that can manifest as either an evergreen vine or a shrub, and is native to southern Asia (Source: USDA). It also goes by the name Arabian jasmine. It grows in full sun to partial shade, blooming from June to September. Interestingly, many Jasmine plants only bloom fully at night, which is when it's most aromatic. As such, late night is the optimum time to pick Jasmine blossoms when used for scenting tea. (photo credit: A Jasmine Blossom from Wikimedia Commons)
Organic Jasmine Green Tea from Arbor Teas
To scent a tea, producers layer flowers or other strongly-scented botanicals on top of the finished/manufactured tea leaves. With time, the scent of the added botanical is transferred to the tea, giving it a wonderfully natural aroma and taste. As an example, our Organic Jasmine Green Tea is a Chinese green tea that has been covered with organic jasmine blossoms and left to commingle overnight. This results in a perfect balance of flavor and aroma - you won't get any of that overwhelming soapy taste that comes with chemically flavored jasmine teas. A similar scenting process is used to create our Organic Jasmine Pearl Green Tea, yielding a lighter, more subtle aroma.
In better varieties (such as those we offer), this process is often repeated on several consecutive nights with fresh blossoms, which accentuates the fragrance. Also, the flowers are removed before packing, as jasmine blossoms can impart a slightly bitter quality to the tea if they remain in substantial quantities. It's worth pointing out that this is a very different process than "flavoring", where essential oils or extracts (or other ingredients) are mixed in with the tea and left there to be consumed with the tea.
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