Scenting tea with jasmine flowers began in China over 1,000 years ago. Delicate and refreshing, the floral flavor of jasmine can be combined with all types of tea bases or herbal botanicals to create an herbal tisane. No matter what type of tea serves as the base, jasmine tea is distinct for its flowery aroma and refreshing, natural taste.
Creating jasmine tea requires the labor-intense harvesting of jasmine buds by hand just as they are ready to blossom; the buds are then stored in a cool place until the petals open. During the scenting process, the open buds are layered with tea leaves as the jasmine fragrance is released and combined with the leaves. Creating jasmine tea is a time-consuming process that requires years of experience and honed craftsmanship. The result is a one-of-a-kind tea-drinking experience cherished by the Chinese and tea drinkers around the globe. To learn more, check out Jasmine Tea 101.