1. Use soft water for preparation of tea. It is suitable to effectively extract most of the substances from tea leaf. Hard water is not suitable because it suppress extraction of substances from leaf, subsequently, the taste become very flat and thin. Make sure do not use RO Water and...
Tightly rolled into round shape. Each pearls streaked with silvery white downy buds. It is weighty and solid.
Color of dry leaf
Leaf is a little bit yellow(because the green tea leaves are waiting for jasmine flower to proceed scenting, which is around July-August), and covered with a white down.
This is referring to the shape and appearance. Good quality tea consist of pearls of a fairly even size which is tightly rolled, with similar color. At lower grade, the tea contains pearls of varying sizes and shapes, some are loosely rolled or unfolded, while some are tiny pearl. Besides, the color of pearls are mixed between pale green and dark grayish color. Continue reading
Cultivars and Plucking
There are several jasmine cultivars planted in mainland China. In general, there are three main categories referring to the structure of flower petals.
1) Single-Petal Jasmine ( Dan-ban Mo-li)
In the early stage (before year 1963), this is the main cultivar planted for the production of jasmine tea.
The flowers blossom at an earlier hour (6-7 p.m.) as compared to the Double-petal jasmine (at 8-9 p.m.).This cultivar gives a fresh note of bouquet and with a refreshing taste to the jasmine tea.
However, the yield is much lower (1400-1750 kg/acre, 2800kg/acre at maximum), as compared to Double-petal jasmine (3500-5600 kg/acre, 10500kg/acre at maximum).
Besides, this cultivar is susceptible to plant disease and is not able to bear the cold weather and water logging condition during the rainy season.
These factors are unfavorable to the overall performance although it gives a good fragrance. Continue reading
Jasmine Flower The jasmine flower is native to tropical and warm temperate regions with average atmospheric temperature above 20 degree C. By far, Heng County at Guangxi Province has proven to be the most suitable place for the jasmine flower. This area is located at the sub-tropical monsoon climate zone...
The Jasmine flower originated from Iran (formerly known as Persia). It has been planted in China mainland for more than 1700 years; it is said that this flower was brought to China during Tang Dynasty through the Silk Road. In the very early stages, it was only served for decorative...