Jasmine is one of the world’s most-loved flowers owing to its scent and appearance. Botanically known as Jasminum, it is a genus of shrubs and vines of the olive family (Oleaceae), with numerous subspecies including Jasminum officinale and Jasminum nudiflorum. This elegant, beautiful, aromatic flavour is what makes Jasmine Tea so popular.
Commercially, one can find jasmine flowers in soaps, shampoos, bath-bombs, lotions, perfumes, potpourris and, of course, Tea. And it will come as no surprise that here at The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company, we prefer the latter.
With our Jasmine Flower Tea, a Herbal Tea, one can expect an infusion made solely from dried Jasmine Flowers, boasting sweet, delicate floral notes and a refreshing aftertaste. Should one wish to try a Jasmine Green Tea or a Jasmine White Tea, then profiles differ significantly depending on the Tea leaves used during production.
To make Jasmine Green Tea or White Tea, pickers select the flower buds in the early afternoons of June, July and August when the sun is out, and the dew has evaporated. The experienced and dutiful labourers only carefully select buds expected to bloom that same evening.
The next stage is to have the flowers stored in a dry place until the blossoms open in the cool night air, releasing their signature scent, at which point they are placed into basket trays and layered over Tea leaves. After some hours, the Tea leaves absorb the fragrance and distinct flavour of the Jasmine, with some higher-grade Teas requiring a repeat of this process to ensure the effectiveness of the scenting.
The finished product, regardless of the type of Tea, is, simply put, exquisite. Most Jasmine Green and Jasmine White Teas offer delightfully floral notes combined with trademark grassy undertones. It is to the taste of many, including many here at The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company. Perhaps it is to your taste, too? Find out today with our selection of Jasmine Loose Tea.