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This was probably one of the first teas I ever drank, I remember heading to London’s Chinatown with my parents to pick up a box when I was just a kid. Good memories.
I brewed it in a teapot, as we always have. Just 1 heaped teaspoon and enough water to fill the pot. At 3 minutes, it was a very aromatic light gold colour. No hint of bitterness and a gentle grassiness from the green tea.
At 5 minutes, it was a fair bit darker and had a noticeable body. I could also detect bitter notes starting to overpower the jasmine.
At 9 minutes the leaves were completely unfurled, the liqueur a rich amber colour and it was incredibly drying and noticeably bitter. Still drinkable, but only with food.
Sunflower jasmine tea is still one of my top picks for a palate cleansing tea.
The aroma has more jasmine than the flavour, and I also found the green tea leaves to have a woodsy/smoky smell when dry.
I wrote an article about my experience with this tea here (with lots of pictures of the tea in action), if you’re interested! https://www.immortalwordsmith.co.uk/sunflower-jasmine-tea-review/
Flavors: Bitter, Drying, Jasmine, Wood
I’ve been drinking through my lower end stuff to decide what to trade/give away and what to keep, in case you haven’t noticed from my recent reviews.
I was pleasantly surprised by this one. I’ve had a couple of mid-level jasmines by now, and I was always put off by how strong the jasmine was. Though the scent of the dry leaves is definitely strong, what comes out in the brew is much more subtle.
I don’t have a lot of experience with Chinese greens, so I’m not sure of the differences in flavor profiles yet for a good green and a bad one. This was…okay. It was a little astringent with some bitterness, which I don’t think was as a result of my brewing, but I suppose it’s possible. Mostly it was a very mild…tea flavor. Like I said, not much to write home about when it comes to the base.
All in all, it was still a pleasant surprise for how cheap this tea is. Though I probably won’t be keeping it, it was sill a pleasant experience.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.