Hello, fellow tea enthusiasts! I hope you had a great week. Today’s post is another The Taste of Tea entry in which I’ll relay my notes from my tea-tasting journal entry for the White Tip Jasmine loose leaf tea from Art of Tea.

White Tip Jasmine tea package from Art of Tea
Package for Art of Tea’s White Tip Jasmine

Type of Tea: Green Tea, loose leaf, flavored/scented

A quick bit about White Tip Jasmine  Here is the description directly from the package: “Organic Chinese green tea lightly fired to maintain silvery tips, traditionally scented with jasmine blossoms.”

Tasting Notes  The dry leaves were a deep green with a little bit of golden brown. The tea appeared to be smaller leaves with a decent amount small bit and maybe some stems.

Dry White Tip Jasmine leaves
Dry leaves.

The dry leaves had smelled strongly of jasmine flowers, floral, with a hint of sweetness. However, I couldn’t make out much else beyond the scent of jasmine.

To prepare the tea I first quickly rinsed the tea leaves with hot water for about 5-10 seconds and then infused the leaves for about 35-40 seconds in hot, but not boiling, water.

Infusing White Tip Jasmine tea leaves
Infusing leaves

After brewing the first infusion, the jasmine scent was still prevalent in the wet tea but there was also a bit seaweed-like touch to the scent.

The tea liquor seemed surprisingly dark for green tea; that was until I rechecked the package and found that it was a lightly fired/roasted green tea. The color was rather orange and honey-like.

White Tip Jasmine tea liquor/liquid.
White Tip Jasmine tea liquor/liquid.

The scent off of the tea liquor was still that of jasmine, but lighter than that of both the dry and wet leaves. The texture of the liquor was mildly astringent with a somewhat syrupy feel. There was a somewhat bitter-sweet finish on the back of the tongue. There was a floral jasmine flavor/scent that hung in the mouth after each drink. There was also a light touch of, maybe, umami, or a somewhat seaweed flavor. There was a light sweet sensation that tended to linger as well. However, the jasmine flavor and scent was the most prominent when drinking the tea.

The dark green color of the leaves was a little more vibrant after being hydrated during the infusion, and the wet leaves had an almost canned spinach-like appearance.

Wet White Tip Jasmine tea leaves after infusion.
Wet leaves after infusion.

Quick Summary

  • Tea: White Tip Jasmine, loose, green tea, flavored/scented with jasmine flower
  • Pick: smaller leaves, maybe some stem
  • Processing: lightly fired
  • Origin: China
  • Retailer: Art of Tea
  • Current Price: No longer in stock
  • Texture: astringent, syrupy
  • Flavor Notes: jasmine, floral, touch of seaweed
  • Finish: dry and bitter-sweet, floral jasmine and light sweetness lingers in the mouth

Final Thoughts  Jasmine, jasmine, jasmine. The primary scent and flavor of this tea was jasmine flowers. The floral jasmine scent lingered in the mouth after drinking the tea, which I thought was quite pleasant. There was also lingering sweetness in the mouth that I also enjoyed. Overall, I found this to be an enjoyable jasmine tea. If you enjoy jasmine scented/flavored teas then I think you would have enjoyed this tea; unfortunately, this particular tea is no longer in stock over at Art of Tea, so you’ll have to look for another jasmine tea to get your flowery jasmine fix.

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