Jasmine Black Jewel
Our Jasmine Black Jewel is a "fresh" tea made to local customs and a real treat. High-grade Mei Zhan varietal leaves were processed to a black tea in April and held for fresh jasmine flower scenting. As jasmine is so popular stateside, we felt it may be time to bring this tea in once again. The black tea was grown on a farm in the mountains near Fuzhou, in Fujian Province, at an elevation of about 800 meters. The tea maker once specialized in jasmine teas. The varietal is strong, has a rich base black taste and it does very well with jasmine. Lot # 6.
Why we selected this particular lot: The tea maker once specialized in jasmine teas and is recognized for his skill. His black tea is highest grade and matches well with jasmine. He farms organically and does not typically export his teas. It is a "fresh tea", made early in the spring, to local customs and as such offers a glimpse into Chinese tea culture. The varietal - Mei Zhan - is a special tasting tea and is increasingly hard to find as it is slow growing and difficult to properly process (it very quickly gets a "baked" taste when fired) .
Interesting facts about our selection: Our lot is handmade, grown on a small farm in Fujian province. It is a "fresh tea" made to local customs. You will find taste qualities in this black that you will not find elsewhere. The tea maker is a true craftsman. The farm uses organic, traditional farming practices. Varietal is slow growing. Grows at elevations of 800 to 1100 meters.
Taste profile. It will invigorate one as a good black tea should; it will also calm and soothe as the jasmine flower does so well. Flavor is a balanced blending of black leaf and jasmine, naturally sweet, nuanced and smooth. The finish is clean, fresh and lingering.
Brewing suggestions: For 8 up to 8 ounces of water, we recommend 3 grams of leaf. Use water at a temperature of 195-205 F and steep the leaves for 2- 3 minutes and taste. The more nuanced notes of the tea will come through with a shorter steep. Longer steeps will bring more body into your cup.
Silk Road Teas is an award-winning purveyor of rare and artisan teas. Every year, we travel extensively in China, visiting small farms, out-of-the-way tea markets, cooperatives and specialty tea companies to find teas that offer our customers the highest quality and a distinctive taste experience. As a result, our teas are widely recognized for their variety and unparalleled quality. Quite simply, you won't find a finer tea anywhere. Satisfaction guaranteed.
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A wonderful black tea infused with jasmine flowers!
Hand made, small lot.
Fujianese black teas are elegant, tasty and feel good!
A Fresh Take for Black Tea Lovers
Posted by Phyllis Edwards on 23rd Dec 2016
This delightful organic mixture of flavors is very refreshing but not overpowering. There's just enough jasmine to brighten the aroma and infuse the taste with a surprising freshness.
Phenomenal, uncommon jasmine
Posted by Unknown on 26th Nov 2014
I'm so glad this tea is available. It's a skillfully produced tea--the jasmine subtly permeates the tea, and naturally complements the flavor base. Similar teas have been available through other purveyors in the past, but in recent years these have seemingly disappeared everywhere except here. This tea stands on its own compared to those other teas in terms of quality alone, but its rarity just adds to its value. This seems like such a natural form of jasmine tea--a class of tea onto itself--that I'm surprised it isn't more widely emulated. I would be deeply saddened to see it disappear.
Posted by Daniel Costigan on 20th Nov 2014
I am a fan of jasmine teas, but often find them so perfumy that I start getting a headache after a few cups. This is the first jasmine tea I've encountered that doesn't give me that problem. The black tea grounds the jasmine flavor, and cuts the intensity a bit. The taste is unique, almost like sweet jasmine candy. I usually give it brief steeps, which yield multiple infusions. I've never encountered a Mei Zhan tea I didn't like, and this tea is no exception!