Madame Butterfly Jasmine from Capital Teas

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Capital Teas

Tea Description:

This connoisseur’s green tea has a stunning jasmine character with a full flavored cup and an incomparable aromatic nose; simply the absolute finest quality that there is! First flush peony silver needles are delicately hand-tied to form the shape of butterfly wings then infused multiple evenings with lightly scented jasmine flowers are laid atop the tea leaves to produce a tea as delicate as lace and elegant as Madam Butterfly herself.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

These little “butterfly” knots are so beautiful, they smell divine and they product the most incredible tasting jasmine tea!  They unfurl very slowly – it took five infusions before the leaves began to look more like Silver Needles than butterfly knots.  But that’s OK, because it means five very delicious infusions of tea!

The jasmine is strong, but, it doesn’t overpower the gentle flavor of the sweet Silver Needle tea.  It has a fresh flavor that is buttery smooth and slightly grassy.  There is no astringency to the cup, just soft, sweet flavor from start to finish.

What I like best about this particular tea is that the jasmine flavor is so abundant but it never tastes sharp or artificial.  It has a silky, luxurious flavor to it – a perfect match for the natural qualities of the Silver Needle.

If you’ve tried jasmine before but weren’t too sure jasmine tea was for you, I strongly recommend trying this Madame Butterfly Jasmine.  It’s exquisite!

Editor’s Note:  I originally called this tea a “white” tea in the leaf type, because it is a Silver Needle and it tastes very much the way a white Silver Needle tastes.  However, because the company categorizes it as a green tea, I changed the leaf type to green tea to avoid confusion.  Yeah… I know, I’m still confused.  Sorry about that.

2 thoughts on “Madame Butterfly Jasmine from Capital Teas

  1. Hi Sororiteasisters – I’m confused..A silver needle is supposed to be a white tea, and you wrote leaf type “white” but the vendor describes it as “the connoisseur’s green tea.” What gives? Did I miss something?

  2. Hi Jackie: Thanks for your comment. I commented on this before, but something wonky happened, and my comment was lost.

    Anyway, I am also confused by this tea. It tastes very much like a white tea, and since it is a Silver Needle, I thought it was in fact a silver needle and that the vendor had mistakenly wrote “green” tea instead of white. However, I did a little checking, and found that this tea is sold by a wholesale source as a green tea also, so I changed the leaf type to white.

    I find this sort of confusion with artisan teas (aka blooming or flowering teas) as well. The leaves most commonly used to create the bulb are Silver Needle, and yet they are very often referred to as green teas instead of white. I am not really sure how the distinction is made.

    I apologize for the confusion, I know that the tea I tasted tasted very much like a white tea to me, which is why I called it as such.

    Thanks for reading!

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