Jasmine Yin Hao
Silver Bud Jasmine
Traditional scenting with fresh flower blossoms
More in early March
- Traditionally-Scented tea
- Fujian Province, China
- Extra-long, elegant, open-twist leaf style
- Bright, deep, clean flavor
- Crisp, penetrating, floral aroma
- Clear, pale golden liquor
Use 2 teaspoons (2-3 grams) per 6 oz of water
Steep 2-3 infusions at 3 minutes each
Water temperature should be 170˚ - 180˚ F
The Jasmine scenting will dissipate after the first infusion, but the tea will steep perfectly well again.
Jasmine Yin Hao is an all-bud scented tea. This is a traditional Jasmine tea with a unique contemporary tea production twist.
The 'Yin Hao' in the name of this Jasmine tea comes from the beautiful contrast of color that one can see in the finished appearance of the tea. To achieve this, additional tea buds are added to the scented tea after the scenting is finished. This gives the tea a lovely silver-hue, and the silvery buds show up in this teas as they would in a tippy black tea or a green tea that is full of buds.
The scenting of the base leaf for this Jasmine Yin Hao tea is done in the traditional-syle of eastern China. This requires that several layerings of fresh flowers are added to high quality leaf until the entire batch is well-scented. The flowers most highly regarded for this particular tea's scenting are those of the mid-summer-blooming aromatic jasmine plant and the flowerings of it that may continue into the months of early fall.
However, for Jasmine Yin Hao tea preparation, the leaf is allowed to wither slightly longer than much of the leaf used for other Jasmine teas - this gives the leaf in Jasmine Yin Hao a darker green color and a stronger green tea flavor.
This increased wither prevents the slight amount of oxidation that most Jasmine tea has. (The leaf for most jasmine tea is oxidized lightly to varying degrees - similar to that of the lightest oolongs - in order to protect the leaf from 'burning' due to the high heat generated during the scenting phase of processing.) The darker green leaf of our special Jasmine Yin Hao provides a cushion against that high heat.
Tea Trekker Jasmine Yin Hao is for tea drinkers who like their Jasmine tea highly scented but with a good amount of tea flavor as well. If you are a green tea enthusiast or a scented tea appreciator, definitely give this tea a try.
Because the majority of Chinese jasmine tea drinkers prefer that the flowers are removed prior to being offered in the marketplace, our Jasmine Yin Hao has had its blossoms removed. It is generally not considered a positive to have blossoms in the teapot or cup - once they have done their job they are removed and the finished tea stands on its own.
The best Jasmine teas, such as those sold by Tea Trekker, are made using fresh jasmine flowers that bloom from mid-July through September. Jasmine teas are seasonal teas and are ready for sale after October of the year in which they were made.
About Jasmine tea
Traditional Jasmine tea ( Jasmine tea that is scented using fresh flowers and not artificial perfumes ) is made from fresh tea leaf that is picked and semi-processed in the spring, and then put into storage until the jasmine flowers bloom over the summer beginning in early July.
Once the fresh flower blossoms arrive in the tea factory, the semi-processed tea is taken out of storage and 'married' together with the fresh blossoms. This is the point at which the scenting process begins.
Depending on the quality (and selling price) of the jasmine tea being made, the scenting process can take 24 hours or up to several weeks during which time the same batch of leaf is repeatedly introduced to fresh batches of jasmine flowers. Because jasmine tea production exposes the leaf to some heat during the processing, the tea ends up being neither green nor white tea but something similar that is unique to jasmine tea processing.
To read more detailed information about jasmine tea production, please read Mary Lou's article on Traditional Jasmine tea that appeared in the Taiwanese tea journal The Art of Tea in 2007: http://www.teatrekker.com/sites/default/files/Art-of-Tea.pdf