Jasmine Pearls (Mo Li Zhen Zhu)

Jasmine Pearls is a delight to watch unfold as well as to drink. This tea is certainly one of China's finest quality jasmine offerings.  The quality of the Pearl rests with two key attributes: a high-quality, spring pick green that is hand rolled then kept in cool place to await the jasmine harvest.  Secondly, the number of scentings the pearls receive is key to the quality of their jasmine taste.  The best quality pearls are scented up to 20 times but more typically 7-8 times for today's "high-grade" pearl.  The resulting jasmine flavor should be smooth and naturally sweet building on the sweet notes of the green tea pearl.  Lot is 2018 crop and is made to EU Standard.  Lot # JP-1.

Why we selected this particular lot.   The white downy color that wraps our pearls indicates an early spring green tea harvest.  This indicates the pearl is higher grade and the base green tea taste is sweet.  Our source for this tea is in Fujian Province where we believe the best jasmines teas are made.  The leaves unfurled and showed two leaves and a bud and a rich green color.  The scenting of this lot is natural, soft on the tongue and lingering.   The jasmine flower petals are minimal, again indicating a higher grade.  Once rolled, the pearls wait until the jasmine flowers are harvested later in the summer. For a high-grade pearl such as ours, the flower petals are introduced and then removed after imparting their fragrance.

Tasting notes.  The aroma of this tea is exquisite.  With water, the pearl releases a sweet and delicate green tea redolent with the fresh scent of jasmine.  The taste is very natural, smooth and clean.  The jasmine will soothe.  It goes very well food as well.

Brewing suggestions.  Use 3 grams or a bit less than a full teaspoon of pearls.  Use water at 185-195 degrees F and steep for 2.5 minutes and taste.  A longer steep time, of course, will build more strength in the cup.  Drain the water from the pearls and use them for multiple steeps.

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  • 5
    Beautiful aroma, wonderful tast

    Posted by Tony on 20th Feb 2017

    Have been drinking loose leaf teas for years and never get tired of this tea. great aroma and can be stepped more then the average tea. I have introduced loose leaf teas to many friends they usually don't like them, it's an acquired taste. But this tea never fails to please the novice or the seasoned pro.

  • 5
    Just keep coming back to Jasmine Pearls

    Posted by Maxine Eichel on 26th Jan 2017

    I have to say this is my favorite tea. It is pricy but well worth it; so if any holiday comes up that involves present giving, my husband knows just what I want. This tea provides a wonderful jasmine aroma along with being full bodied. The morning seems brighter and calmer after a cup.

  • 5
    Wake up with a smile on my face

    Posted by Maxine Eichel on 12th Dec 2016

    My smile appears just when I begin to brew Jasmine Pearls and when I pour and drink this doesn't disappoint--fragrant, full bodied and flavorful.

  • 5
    Jasmine Pearls, as good as ever

    Posted by Unknown on 27th Oct 2016

    One of the first jasmine teas I tried years ago, still a solid choice. Fragrant jasmine with not too much of a caffeine kick.

  • 5
    Help! I need to go to jasmine pearl tea rehab!!

    Posted by Unknown on 15th Oct 2016

    I can't live without this tea. I drink it every morning. I panic when I am almost out. I pack it in my suitcase when I travel. I sound like I have an addiction problem. And I do. It really is the best Jasmine pearl tea I have ever had.

  • 5
    Incredibly Aromatic!

    Posted by Brian T on 3rd Nov 2015

    If you don't like the smell of Jasmine, then you won't like this tea..... it smells just like Jasmine..... and I love it!

    .....a very calming tea.....

  • 5

    Posted by Unknown on 30th Jun 2014

    I have been drinking this tea for many years!...the first thing I do every morning! It is a light but flavorful tea. The secret is like for many teas ...not to use too much, at the right water temperature and not steep too long.