Green Jasmine by The Love Tea Co. . . . .

I steeped this tea with 2 heaping teaspoons of leaf in 1 cup of 200 degree water for about four minutes.

I was a little concerned that the jasmine flowers wouldn’t have much fragrance left because I couldn’t detect much smell in the dry flowers, but when I started steeping the tea it started giving off its perfume right away, so I guess hot water is the magic ingredient to bring that out!

There are tons of jasmine flowers in this tea, too. Like, actual jasmine buds. And they smell like a combination of candy and perfume once they’ve started steeping. The green tea fragrance isn’t really coming through at this point, but I’m not surprised at all given how flowery the smell is.

I let it go to four minutes because I didn’t want to waste any of the jasmine fragrance.

Once the tea is steeped, I noticed that some leaf has escaped the ball; the tea is orange-yellow in color and, as mentioned before, highly fragrant.

First sip: Apparently Jasmine tastes sweet as well as smelling sweet. There’s an edge of bitterness to the green tea, though; there’s also some umami and maybe a little seaweediness to it, rounding the flavor out. I blame myself for the bitterness, because I used 200 degree water instead of 195 degree water like recommended (because hey, my electric kettle only has so many settings. Next time though I’d go with the cooler option, which I think would be 185 on my kettle).

A little sugar helps with any bitterness; or you could just steep at the recommended temperature, unlike me, and do a less intense steeping as well (three minutes instead of four). It’s really great as is, though, and tastes like drinking flowers!! Jasmine is so magical it kind of blows my mind every time I try a good jasmine tea (the reason I don’t try them more often is probably because I’m kind of scared of getting a not-so-good one).

I’m also really impressed by this tea company’s mission and activism; they don’t just say that they support charitable causes, they also give 25% of their proceeds (that’s a quarter of everything they get!) to mental health causes, according to their website.

Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Green
Where to Buy:  The Love Tea Company

Jasmine tea is one of the most pleasant fragrances to all people. To the nose, the dry tea has a floral bouquet, which causes your senses to come alive with pleasant thoughts. This tea is filled to the brim with an abundance of beautiful jasmine blossoms which gives the tea an amazing presentation value.  In China, they declare this jasmine tea as ‘Jasmine #1’.

This high quality green tea – produced between the middle of March and the middle of May – has jasmine flowers that bloom between the 1st of May and the end of May (the time of the most intense aroma). This tea yields a cup with all the concentrated heady bouquet of a garden in bloom, even if its your neighbor’s jasmine bush.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Tropical Paradise Green from Koni Tea & Organic

geisha_greenTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy: Koni Tea & Organic

Tea Description:

In a world where beauty is paramount,This premium green tea with jasmine & lychee fruit is the perfect elixir for your temple of beauty. Rich in antioxidants for healthy, beautiful skin.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

I have been drinking cold brew teas like crazy.  It just seems way to hot to drink hot brewed tea right now.  When you get heat index of 106, iced tea is what you are craving.  I’ve also been craving jasmine teas like you wouldn’t believe.  Pretty crazy.  I can’t seem to get enough.  So the other day when I was looking for a tea to drink, this one instantly screamed- Pick Me!

Koni Tea & Organic is a newer tea shop to me.  I have really enjoyed the teas that I have tried from them including Kick the Coffee, a fun butterscotch flavored tea.  So far, I haven’t had a tea I haven’t enjoyed from them.

This particular tea is full of jasmine flowers.  The fragrance just made me happy.  Beautiful jasmine with that green tea undertone.  I couldn’t wait to steep this up.  I brewed this up as a cold brew (overnight in the fridge) and started my day with a nice sized cup of this.  So good.  Sweet, buttery green goodness, with just a ever so slight floral taste.  The jasmine complimented the green tea nicely and didn’t overwhelm the cup like other green jasmine teas have for me in the past.  I’m not sure what the lychee fruit flavor is that was also part of the description of the tea but I’m thinking maybe it added to the sweet flavor I was getting.  Regardless, this tea was perfect to start my day off with.

Later in the day, I did try this as hot brewed tea.  Prepared this like a green tea, this flavor was just as good as the flavor I fell in love with as a cold brew. This tea is such a great versatile one.  My stash of it is unfortunately gone, but this will be one I will need to get more of.  Hopefully in a few weeks I will drink down what I currently have so I can to a little shopping trip at Koni Tea & Organics.  So many teas of theirs I want to try!