Craft Revival Hand Tied Jasmine
Tea of the Month Club Reserve – February 2013
We first tried this tea as a gift from Wang Yanxin. One of our good friends had given us his finest jasmine, priced beyond most people’s reach to buy even an ounce. We excitedly showed this hand-crafted jasmine from Huangshan to Wang Yanxin. Competitive as she is, she said that her friend made a better jasmine. In a blind taste test, she was right. Her friend in Huangshan is truly reviving the craft of hand tied tea, traditionally scenting the leaves and carefully twisting them.
The meticulous crafting makes this jasmine open slowly, yielding a light but refined flavor in early steepings and growing into a thick full body more reminiscent of a Taiwanese oolong than anything else. The jasmine scenting is retrained, allowing the texture of the tea to come through in a way we have never seen before in the world of jasmine.