The Forecast: Showers, low cloud, fresh southwesterlies with an overnight low of 1 degree.  Damp socks, cold toes, cold nose.  Tissues.  Lozenges. The only thing blossoming around here is a cold/flu virus.  I am longing for summer.

Jasmine tea was my first favourite green tea and we go back a long way.  We met one cold, dreary night in a Thai restaurant.  I needed to warm my hands.  One tendril of steam from that quaint ceramic pot and I knew we were a match.

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Today is The Shortest Day so I’m celebrating with a cup of good quality Jasmine tea.  The sweet, extravagant fragrance of this tea effuses summer into my stuffy winter-room.  The taste is clean and calming.  The Longest Night is over.  (Yay!)

“Close your eyes and imagine what it was like to luxuriate in the splendour of a richly fragranced and lavishly appointed Ming dynasty tea tasting.”

The Story of Tea by Mary Lou Heiss & Robert J. Heiss.

A couple of facts:

Jasmine tea, as the name indicates, is green tea scented with Jasmine flowers.  After the tea is plucked it is dried by fanning warm air over the leaves.  At the right time the jasmine flowers are added to this base tea and the resulting blend is stored until the flowers have completed the gentle work of scenting the tea.  Normally the flowers are removed by blowing them out of the tea before it is packaged. (Which is why you do not find flowers in Jasmine tea.)

Jasmine tea will stay fresh for up to three years – longer than most green teas.

Do not pour boiling over your Jasmine tea or it will taste bitter.  After boiling the water wait for it to cool slightly.  Making a science out of tea preparation is not really my thing but 80 Centigrade is the correct temperature to brew most green teas according to the experts.

Enjoy.

 

 

 

 

11 replies on “Jasmine Tea: Taste of Summer

  1. A cup of tea works wonders with the small depressions in life … if a cup a tea could smile at you and pat your back and say ‘there, there’ it would. 🙂

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  2. Your post is so lovely and almost fragrant with the photo leading us in.
    I used to brew Jasmine tea but Realise now that I was using too hot water most of the time.
    Thank you for teaching us both the history of making the tea and how to brew.

    ~ miriam

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    1. 🍃 Hot water sits around in the tank for a while so isn’t that fresh and can make tea taste ‘flat’. Here in New Zealand we have to have our hot-water temperature set at 65 degrees (Celsius) so too cool for tea. If your water is at near boiling when it comes out of the tap you could get away with it … but it would be fresher if you boil a small amount of water. 🙋

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  3. Wish I could send you some of our lovely hot summer weather … my well wishes instead winging their way round to the world to you. I hope the jasmine tea helped a bit! I learnt a lot from your post and most importantly how to make it! I’ll wait after the kettle has boiled to let it cool a little -see if that improves my green tea, as for jasmine, I used to drink this and now hanker after some … off to the shops! Xx

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    1. Thank you so much! A warm zephyr has arrived – nice respite before the next Antarctic blast. My son and daughter in law are in Sweden on holiday at the moment enjoying all the sun and the friendly Scandinavian culture.

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      1. How exciting that your son and his wife are in Sweden! I hope they take lots of photos for you to see. I think the weather is wonderful there too! Antarctic blast sounds very chilly! Keep warm and well. Xx

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