Tea: Jasmine Tea: India’s Teas Vs. Ceylon Teas

The most popular blend of flavored tea in the world is Jasmine tea. If you’ve never tried one of the many varieties of jasmine tea, you’ve missed a real treat. And, in fact, there are an endless variety of jasmine teas from which to choose. There are likely many more varieties of jasmine tea in the world than you’re even aware of.

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What makes jasmine tea so special is its blend of high quality loose tea leaves with jasmine petals. The jasmine petals impart a delicate yet very aromatic fragrance to the tea 茶葉禮盒. The jasmine petals also impart a slightly sweet flavor to the tea.

Jasmine has been produced in China for at least 700 years. The original production of jasmine tea included plucking the jasmine blossoms just as they were beginning to bloom and adding them to the tea leaves at night to ensure the best infusion of the aroma and fragrance. In most cases, the tea was scented twice – using two different sets of jasmine blossoms to ensure that the tea is properly infused.

Today, most of the jasmine tea in the world is still made in China, and many people assume that all jasmine tea is Chinese. However, jasmine tea is made in India and in Sri Lanka, too.

In addition, most people also assume that all jasmine tea is made with green tea. And, while it’s true that jasmine tea was historically made from green tea and that much of the jasmine tea made today is still made from green tea, you can find jasmine tea made with black, oolong and white teas. For this reason jasmine tea is likely offered in more varieties than any other tea.

Most people associate oolong tea with China. And, it’s true that China is where oolong tea originated and that most of the oolong tea produced in the world today is produced in China. However, oolong teas from Taiwan, known as Formosa oolong teas are delicious too, and should certainly be part of your regular collection of teas.

Taiwan, in fact, is the second largest producer of oolong teas in the world, and produces some of the finest. In particular, Imperial Formosa oolong tea is a delightful treat. Imperial Formosa oolong tea is a full flavored tea that still manages to remain light.

Imperial Formosa oolong tea is a wonderful blend of flavors and aromas. It has a more complex flavor than many other teas, with a wonderful floral aroma and a melding of flavors like peach, cedar and chestnut. The finish is slightly sweet and the flavor is always mild. Drinking Imperial Formosa oolong tea is a unique experience because each taste of this delicious tea will take you deeper into its combination of tastes and scents.

Imperial Formosa oolong tea is rare in comparison to other teas. Finding it may be a bit difficult and it may be a bit more expensive than other teas you’ve tried. Oolong teas are more labor intensive to produce, which typically makes them more expensive. And, Formosa oolong teas are even more expensive than Chinese oolong teas because the costs of labor are higher in Taiwan. However, like fine wine, rare teas can be appreciated on many different taste and aroma levels and are worth the extra expense.

The best tea merchants, both online and in your local area should have access to Imperial Formosa oolong tea. Once you’ve purchased some you’re certain to be anxious to give it a try.

Formosa teas are brewed a bit differently than other teas. First, run hot tap water into your teapot and tea cups to warm them. A traditional Yixing clay teapot is recommended for brewing oolong teas. Then, put fresh cold spring water into your tea kettle and bring it to a boil. Spring water is preferable to tap water for brewing oolong teas because the high mineral content enhances the tea’s flavor.