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, 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 1400 meters.  The varietal used to make this tea is strong in body & slow growing.  This results in a rich base black tea taste and it joins very well with jasmine.  Lot #8. Tea is 2018 harvest.

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 it matches well with jasmine. He farms organically and does not 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 difficult to properly process  as 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. The tea maker is a true craftsman.  The jasmine scenting process entailed 5 repetitions to gain its finished aroma. Farm uses organic, traditional farming practices.

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 up to 8 ounces of water, we recommend 3 grams of leaf. For a teapot, a rounded tablespoon.  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. Should provide multiple steeps!

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Item Number:
B-JMZ-8
Type:
Black
Province:
Fujian
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  • 4
    Jasmine Black Jewel

    Posted by Tilly on 31st Oct 2018

    Best type of jasmine to drink during chilly weather. The added warmth of the black base tea will keep you grounded while the heady jasmine scent keeps you lifted. If like me, you prefer your black tea enhanced by the flavor of the jasmine, give this one a couple of weeks after opening the package to get the true feel of this tea. Upon opening, the jasmine was a bit overpowering to me but later more balanced and now I'm craving the multiple brews. Not as full a mouth feel as previous years but still my favorite type of jasmine tea - also seems less acidic than its green counterparts.

  • 5
    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.

  • 5
    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.

  • 5
    One-of-a-kind Jasmine!

    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!