Purple Jasmine/Simple Loose Leaf. . . .

You know the song “Things that Make You Go ‘Hmmm’ “? This is a tea that makes you go “hmmm.” Its combination of flavors is really unique, in a way that I’m about 90% sure I like.

This tea combines Kenyan purple tea and green Jasmine tea together. I’m not sure what made a person do this. Probably it was a lazy Thursday and the brewer said, “why not?”

Purple tea is known for its antioxidant properties. It’s grown in Kenya; the high UV levels there cause chemical reactions in the tea leaves. It tends toward the green end of the spectrum, in its alleged health benefits, low caffeine, and delicate flavor. The purple tea adds a delicate, sweet flavor to this tea.

Jasmine green tea is a more vegetal and flowery flavor. You probably know Jasmine from going to Chinese restaurants and getting it served to you as the default when you ask for tea.

When combined with the purple, you get a yet-sweeter Jasmine. It’s like Jasmine with vanilla added. It’s really cool, and I’m glad I have some. It’s a smart, refined, sweet blend.

I started with “Hmmm,” and then settled on “Mmmm.”

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Leaf Type:  Purple

Where to Buy:  Simple Loose Leaf


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Jasmine Haiku from Treehouse Teas

jasminehaikuTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy: Treehouse Teas

Tea Description:

A soothing and peaceful green tea with surprising body and a captivating floral character. Jasmine blossoms picked only in May when they are in bloom accentuate this tea giving an intense aroma. From the Fujian Province in China this high antioxidant tea is best steeped 3-7 minutes at a temperature of 90C, 194F.

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Taster’s Review:

I have been on this crazy jasmine kick this summer.  I used to stay away from any kind of floral teas and now I can’t seem to get enough.  I asked the twins last night if they wanted some tea and they picked this one.

Brewed a pot up with the help of my Breville One Touch on the green and medium settings.  I poured three cups, 1 for me and 1 for each of the twins.

We sat down to enjoy our tea while we watched our new addiction-Skin Wars on GSN, a body painting competition that is similar to Face Off.  Before the first commercial break, one of the twins had finished his cup and was asking for more.  I admit, I hadn’t even tried the tea yet, trying to allow the tea to cool off a bit.  While I was making more of this tea, I took a moment to see what I thought of this tea.

Unfortunately, this tea wasn’t my favorite of the teas I have tried from Treehouse Teas.  Even with my jasmine addiction, something just didn’t hit the right note for me.  I enjoyed the green tea and the grassy like components it brought to each sip but the jasmine to me almost had a sour note that I can’t really put my finger on.

Regardless, one of the twins adored this tea and drank a few more cups of it.  I’d like to try this one as a cold brew next to see if I can get that lovely jasmine flavor to come out more on a happy note than the sad note.  To be fair, the tea could have tasted off because I do have issues with a sinus infection right now.  Either way, I’d love to try this one again to get that flavor I adore to come out in the fore front.