My husband and I are habitual tea drinkers. So when there are loose leaf teas that both taste great and go easy on our pocket books, we get really excited. Sunflower Jasmine Tea is just that. Sunflower Jasmine tea is actually a green tea infused with with the delicate floral flavor of Jasmine. We picked up a tin of this tea over the weekend at a local Indian Market for a few bucks. For an avid tea drinker I recommend this tea as a great everyday tea. The flavoring is well-balanced, light, and tastes great for an inexpensive loose leaf tea. For the novice tea drinker, I recommend this as a way to jump into teas while still experimenting with the flavors. Since this tea is on the lighter side, the flavors will not overpower. Keep in mind this is no Teavana delight, whose teas I admit are addicting and super delicious (and cost it). But, for a delightful loose leaf tea that is affordable, it would be tough to find anything that would compare. (Plus, you can even buy Sunflower Jasmine Tea on Amazon, how cool is that?)
- Type: Green Tea
- Taste: Jasmine, light floral flavor
- Origin: Imported from China
- Amount: 1 tablespoon per cup of water
- Steep Time: 2-3 minutes
Directions: Boil water until approx. 160-165 degrees. In a tea infuser or tea pot with an infuser, add the desired amount of loose tea (see amounts above). Pour boiling water over the tea and steep for 2-3 minutes. The taste should have a subtle floral undertone, but should not taste too bitter.
The Fresh Fridge Tip: Green teas are preferably steeped at a slightly cooler temperature. To reach the desired temperature if you do not have a thermometer is to transfer your boiled water to a heat-resistant cooled cup and let cool for 3-5 minutes before using to steep the tea. How they do it in many Chinese restaurants is to use 2 cooled cups and transfer the liquid between both cups until the desired cooler temperature is acquired. The reason why the lower temperature is preferred is due to tannins in the tea, which cause a bitter taste and dissolve at the higher temperature. So, if you get you brewing water under 176 degrees you can avoid the bitter taste.