Leaf Type: Pouchong
Where to Buy: Grace Tea Company
Each year we carefully select our Jasmine base tea from the finest pouchong teas available from China. These leaves have been picked at their flavor peak in the spring, traditionally before the rain and the period of fastest growth. Our selection is then held with the utmost of care until summer, when the most remarkable Jasmine flowers are available for blending. It is indeed a tea of teas’ fine, delicate and aromatic. We suggest our Flowery Jasmine Before the Rain be served in the afternoon and at special occasions, when its particular virtues can be appreciated.
When I infused this tea, I did so thinking that this was a green tea. The size of the leaves did not indicate to me that this was a Pouchong. It looked like a green tea to me. Fortunately, my green tea brewing parameters did not affect this tea. It’s delicious. However, a slightly longer steep time might have intensified the flavor somewhat. As it is, though, I’m enjoying the cup of tea that sits before me.
The dry leaf is very aromatic, just as I would expect from a jasmine tea. It has a beautiful, flowery fragrance. The aroma of the brewed liquor is equally as enjoyable. That is one of the things I love most about jasmine teas – the amazing fragrance.
But it is not all about the scent of the tea, of course. The flavor is wonderful. It has a soft, velvety mouthfeel. It feels thicker than a typical jasmine green tea would. The jasmine is delicate and pleasantly sweet. It doesn’t have that artificial perfume-y taste of some jasmine teas. It is light and floral. There is very little astringency to this tea and no bitterness. The aftertaste is sweet.
This is an absolute delight to sip.