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drank Jasmine Tea by Sunflower
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The something of which I drink to with the most is sunflowers. Jasmine tea. It’s good to the last flowery jasmine tea drop,

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drank Jasmine Tea by Sunflower
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I picked up a 120 gram tin of Sunflower Jasmine Tea today at the local Korean-run Asian market. I had heard about this brand before, and curiosity kicked in. My understanding is that this tea is a household name in China—as common as Lipton in the states. The tin was incredibly economical at ~$3, so what did I have to lose?

Answer: Nothing! I was surprised by the instructions to steep 3 grams per cup for 5 minutes and using boiling water. That sounded awfully harsh to me—guaranteed to ruin just about any green tea, so I used 76C water and steeped for about three minutes.

The result was pretty good. If I were to factor in the price, I’d have to say that this may be one of the best tea bargains around. There is a flatness to the green tea base—it lacks the sumptuous texture of better green jasmines, and especially good jasmine dragon pearls. Still, it points vaguely in that direction and is perfectly potable with a nice taste and light aroma of jasmine.

The second infusion was better than the first, and I noticed that after the first infusion, the leaves were still constricted—barely hydrated. Maybe that’s why the company calls for a five-minute steep. If the leaves are super dried out (perhaps from age?) then it may take some time to revive them again, which would explain also why my second steep was better than the first.

A propos of age: the tin states that the expiry date is on the bottom of the tin. Nothing is written there, so it’s anyone’s guess how old this tea is. A year? Two years? Five years? Hard to say. It might be possible to find out by emailing the company, but I honestly do not see anything like a lot number anywhere here. Or is the lot number 1030? No, that looks more like the number of the tea, since it is painted with the same red color as “Sunflower”. Not sure.

This is not a great green jasmine tea, but it is a good one—nowhere near the land of Lipton and Salada! I intend to do steep-offs between Sunflower and all of the other jasmine greens I come across, just to see how they measure up. Most of them cost two, three, four, and some even five times what this does. We shall see whether they are really two, three, four or five times better!

Flavors: Jasmine

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Marzipan

Almost worth it for the tin!

sherapop

Marzipan, the tin is really nice, and well worth $3! ;-)

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drank Jasmine Tea by Sunflower
2 tasting notes

Jasmine Tea by Sunflower is the same as Jasmine Tea by Fujian Tea. It is an inexpensive loose leaf green tea scented with jasmine fragrance. Do not follow the packaged insert (pour boiling water for 5 minutes) with this or any green or white tea, as your tea will get bitter (boiling water on greens or white makes the tea release tannins).
Steep it at 175F/79C for 60 to 90 seconds, not longer than 2 minutes. I like 3 grams in 150 to 200ml (about 5 oz to 6.5 oz). You can get a second steep that will taste milder (and better in my opinion). As with any subsequent steep, it will have much less caffeine, but still some antioxidants. I know some people who prefer to discard the first steep, but I drink it.
It’s a good starter tea, for daily consumption, but nothing fancy.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 15 sec 3 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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3 min, 0 sec

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drank Jasmine Tea by Sunflower
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Working my way through some swap samples today. I don’t even remember who sent me this one, LOL! Happy Monday everyone. Back at work, boo.

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drank Jasmine Tea by Sunflower
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I can’t remember who sent me this sample in a swap, but thanks whoever it was!!!

It was maybe a month ago and I lost it but just found it again today :)

This is your basic chinese restaurant jasmine tea. Decent, very drinkable, but I have jasmine pearls I enjoy more. If it is really as inexpensive as everyone says, I may have to buy a tin for iced tea making! I’ve actually seen this at my local Asian market so that would be nice and convenient, too.

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drank Jasmine Tea by Sunflower
24 tasting notes

My Dad bought me this tea when he(Santa) bought me my first tea pot. I was six years old :), I still have that tea pot…. I enjoy this brand more than I did as a kid, I thought it was really unbearably bitter back then. I prefer it iced and lightly sweetened, nowadays.

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drank Jasmine Tea by Sunflower
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I bought 3 lbs to get the free shipping from Amazon. Mine has NO Jasmine taste or smell and almost tastes like you’re drinking tobacco. Is there anything I can put in it to get rid of the harsh, bitter taste

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drank Jasmine Tea by Sunflower
8 tasting notes

My personal favourite tea :) Brings me good memories!

Preparation
140 °F / 60 °C

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I drank this at my girlfriend’s. It was one of the bests teas I’ve ever tasted. It was the first tea that I could actually drink without any sugar and still enjoy it. Yes, don’t blame me, I’m learning how to taste a good tea! It’s really good in the morning and after lunch. I’m looking forward buying it and trying iced too!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Jasmine Tea by Sunflower
34 tasting notes

Reading some of the other tasting notes for this tea, it’s funny to see how often this was one of the first loose leaf teas people tried….it was one of mine too ;) I got this from our international grocery store back when I didn’t know anything at all about loose tea. By now my stash of this tea is a couple years old (I know…I should have drank this a long time ago), but the taste has held up pretty well. I decided to make a tasting note now after all this time after “rediscovering” this in my stash…apparently I used waaaaay too much leaf and water that was too hot the first time around. It’s like a different tea – and a lesson to pay closer attention to steeping conditions :P

The jasmine flavor/aroma is really strong and tasty without being too “flowery,” and it has enough body that I like it as an after-lunch tea. I should try this iced.

teawing

Not the first for me, a friend gave me some Market Spice Tea from Seattle.
This was my second though… :)
You sum this one up well!

Meeka

It’s always nice when “first” teas don’t (for lack of a better word) suck :)

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drank Jasmine Tea by Sunflower
3 tasting notes

I drink this stuff so much it’s insane
I haven’t really tried a huge variety of teas, but I’ve been drinking this stuff for years

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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drank Jasmine Tea by Sunflower
120 tasting notes

Rat lunch today, looked my office stash over and noticed a long forgotten and neglected friend. This was quite tasty with my grilled cheddar and rye with yellow mustard on the side. This tea partners well with a lot of foods. I was eating Thai fried rice the other day wishing for some of this. I think my next order will be carry out. :) Nothing new to add, other than this is one tea that has stayed consistent and I have never lost my taste for it. I need to keep the tin closer to the front!

ashmanra

Rat lunch forever!

QuiltGuppy

This also makes a delicious iced tea!

teawing

I will try that, but it will have to be good to get me off my gunpowder green/homegrown spearmint/ twist of lime iced tea I have been drinking. :)
Glad to see you back with us QG !

teawing

mmmm good call QG. I had some iced last night.

CHAroma

…What is rat lunch?

teawing

it is a term ashmanra introduced to me, I believe if memory serves it is
toasted (grilled) cheese, with mustard and a distinctly British tea
She might enlighten you further…

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drank Jasmine Tea by Sunflower
120 tasting notes

Been reading about blends, both the successful and disaster varieties. So…..drum roll please, I blended this Jasmine with the Ti Kuan Yin I had on hand going about 1/2 each with a favorable result. The Jasmine was toned down and the Ti Kuan Yin brought a full and rich tea taste to the cup. I will be doing this again, and may just mix the whole lot.

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drank Jasmine Tea by Sunflower
120 tasting notes

2nd steep of the day, this is very good. I wonder if I would like it more with the Jasmine toned down a little.

I like it though, very much.

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drank Jasmine Tea by Sunflower
120 tasting notes

My other special purchase at the Asian market…the simple joys of trying something new and imported.
I won’t attempt to out verbalize other tasting notes on this tea, I just want to say that for me, a converted coffee drinker, it is joyous.
I actually drank it most of the afternoon, had multiple steeps (can’t do that with bags) and even iced with my evening meal of chicken parmigiana.
The more I sip, the more I want, the more I want, the more I sip…repeat. I am going to read up on Jasmine Green, I want to know more about it’s origins
and history. One thing is for sure, I can understand why it is so popular. Taking in a sip, iced or hot brings in a pre-taste aroma that is so refreshing.
The green tea is crisp, snappy, but the Jasmine provides a delicacy that restores balance. If I had this much fun with a so called average Jasmine, oh boy,
bring on the quality. However, for the price, I am going to love this one for a long time, I can tell.

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drank Jasmine Tea by Sunflower
2 tasting notes

Great Tea compares to the more expensive Rishi….

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Jasmine Tea by Sunflower
361 tasting notes

Smelling the aroma reminds me of driving down the highway at night in the middle of June, and spending the week at my favorite place to reflect and gain spiritual renewal. Walking along the streets of Lakeside crunching mayflies underneath my feet is one of the highlights of my summer. This was one of the first loose teas I bought when I found the Asian grocery in the area. I find this to be a lovely tea….and a lovely price too. I just grabbed it to take to work with me and yes it’s marvelous. It works very well iced too!

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drank Jasmine Tea by Sunflower
14 tasting notes

this was my first loose leaf tea. I am very surprised to see it on here i didn’t know it still existed! when i would go to a friends house she would have coffee and she had this in her tea selection. i noticed i liked putting more of it in there and i couldn’t get enough. but it’s what started me my journey. I’m sure it’s not the best jasmine tea out there but it’s notes of jasmine are light and enjoyable for a person that doesn’t know any better at the moment. i did not have to use any sweetener or milk and i would like to try steeping it longer to see if that would help. until next time i try it

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

Sweetner maybe, but milk and jasmine? That’s a combo I haven’t heard before and it actually made me shudder lol. Yay for 1st loose leaf experiences!

Azure Luna

lol thanks and no i didn’t use any milks in it or sugars for that matter I’m sorry for the mix up but yes i agree i can dream of dulling the taste of the jasmine with a cream of any sort

Cofftea

No, I knew you didn’t add them. But just the thought kinda grossed me out lol.

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drank Jasmine Tea by Sunflower
23 tasting notes

A friend from China gave me a small tin of this tea. I now have a larger tin at home and one at work. For the price….$6.39 for one pound, it is a good Jasmine tea.

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drank Jasmine Tea by Sunflower
6 tasting notes

I consider this an everyday tea and always have it in my stash.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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