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No. 124 - Silver Jasmine Green Tea

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Scented green teas are the most commonly drunk teas in China. With a history stretching back over 700 years, jasmine scented green tea is probably the most popular scented tea. In China it is described as being like drinking the flavour of Spring. Our premium quality Silver Jasmine is made from Fuding Da Bai tea trees and Da Hao tea trees combined during processing with jasmine flowers. When dry, this tea appears like all high quality green teas, with small curled tea leaves covered in fine white hairs.

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History of Jasmine Green Tea

Scented green teas have a history that stretches back over a thousand years.  The innovation of adding spices and flowers to green teas started during the Chinese Song Dynasty, around 960AD.

During the Ming Dynasty, in the 1500's, the modern production method of Jasmine scented tea, with the flowers being added to the tea during processing, prior to drying, was introduced and perfected.  In this time though, jasmine tea was still rare, due to the increased complexities the processing required. 

However later in the mid 1800's during the Qing Dynasty, production techniques were perfected and the number of tea farms rapidly increased, leading to greater production volumes and cheaper prices, culminating in it becoming hugely popular in China, a popularity that has remained to this day.


Introduction of the farmer

Lin Jian, who is born in Fuding, Fujian, has been living under the environment of teas. His father, grandfather and great-grandfather are all tea farmers. When he was in elementary school, he helped to pick the tea after school at the tea picking time when there’s not enough people to pick the tea. The dream of engaging in tea business was came up at that time. He said: “My original idea is to make a good life for my family by tea business. But from 1993 when my tea business was gradually developed, I changed my mind. Fuding is the best place of planning white tea. So I want to create a long-term Organic Tea business.” Through our contact with Mr Lin, we felt that he is a man of frankness, speaking quickly, walking quickly and working quickly.

Not exaggeratedly speaking, now Lin Jian is the first founder of Chinese white tea. He owns near 2800 acre high quality tea gardens in Fuding including 500 acre organic tea garden which is the only organic tea garden in Fujian that has passed the USA, Europe and Japan organic certification. He also owns 200 acre Jasmine tea garden in Guangxi. Meanwhile his heshan organic tea base was regards as the national agricultural standard base.

In 2004, his Taimu Jasmine green tea won the gold medal at the annual Chinese Taimu tea competition in Fujian.


Where is this Silver Jasmine Green Tea produced?

Like most of our premium teas, TeaVivre's Silver Jasmine Green Tea is produced in the Mt. Taimu area.

This tropical mountainous coastal area is perfect for growing teas.  The area has an abundant rainfall, with many misty days in spring, and temperatures that are neither too hot in summer nor too cold in winter.  The mountains around the farms are more than 80% forested, ensuring the soil has a high natural fertility and organic content, removing the need to use fertilizers.  The jasmine used in this tea is grown on a 200 acre plantation in Guangxi province.

Map of Fujian province


Brief Health Info

As Jasmine green tea is simply premium green tea that is scented with jasmine during processing, it provides all the same great health benefits of Green teas. However it is also widely believed that the jasmine flowers themselves add some additional benefits, helping reduce depression and also helping with natural detoxification of the body.

Additional Information

Ingredients Green tea
Product of: No
Region(s) Fujian Province - Funding City
Antioxidants High
Caffeine Low
Makes Great Iced Tea No
Milk No
Sugar No
Lemon No
Mint No
Organic No
Chinese Gongfu Method (Water Amount) 2.87 fl oz / 85 ml
Chinese Gongfu Method (Water Temp) 194 F / 90 C
Chinese Gongfu Method (Amount) 4 g
Chinese Gongfu Method (Time) Rinse, 20s, 40s, 60s, 90s, 120s
Western Method (Water Amount) 16.9 fl oz / 500 ml
Western Method (Water Temp) 203 F / 95 C
Western Method (Amount) 1 Tablespoon
Western Method (Time) 1-5 Mins (to taste)
Steeping Notes No