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Nov 28, 2006 04:31 AM

Jasmine Tea

Jasmine tea - loose or in teabags no where to be found in Los Angeles these days. Trader Joe's has a jasmine/green tea blend in tea bags, but just looking for jasmine. Twinings used to sell it in all the grocery stores.

Looking to avoid high-end Bev Hills tea stores.

Any thoughts much appreciated. Thanks.

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  1. I feel your pain, I searched endlessly and finally found a great brand, in a pink and purple box, YamaMotoYama jasmine tea, I found it at Mitsuwa Marketplace in Little Tokyo, but it may be sold in other asian markets.

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    1. re: mellycooks

      I really like the YamaMotoYama green and brown rice teas. I will track it down. Thanks so much for the info.

    2. Jasmine tea is a blend -- it's jasmine blossoms blended in with a green or black tea base. A pure jasmine would be just the blossoms would be quite expensive and something I have not seen widely sold in available retailers. As a general rule of thumb, higher quality jasmine teas have the blossoms filtered out of the tea base and just the infused black or green tea leaves are sold with the essence of the jasmine blossoms flavoring the tea.

      Haven't had the Trader Joe's blend -- but don't be put off by the word "blend" when it comes to jasmine tea. They're being informational by telling you which kind of tea base is used.

      1. Having just posted a very similar query, Ten Ren is your place to go. Bear in mind that jasmine alone by itself is almost unheard of and is VERY expensive, despite the fact that jasmine is practically a weed.

        Almost all jasmine tea -- including, I can almost guarantee, every "jasmine" tea you've had in a Chinese restaurant, is jasmine with green tea.

        If you end up in a Chinese store, ask for "mò lì huā chá" in Mandarin. The characters are 茉莉花茶 (Jerome, correct me if I'm wrong please).

        1. It's interesting b/c the TJ's blend is green - hence the green tea part of it - but does have a strong jasmine taste. The "just jasmine" that I have had in the past was not green at all.

          I appreciate the info., however. I love jasmine tea and am trying to locate some to give as a gift - someone else who can no longer find it. I will look for the brand mellycooks suggested.

          Thanks again for your input.

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          1. re: Francesca

            hmmm, just looked closer at my box and indeed in very fine print it says under ingredients "jasmine sented green tea, jasmine flower" So it seems the other posters have a point...However..I first had Jasmine tea with a squeeze of lemon years ago at my soon to be mother-in-law's home (in a far-away country), and I simply could not get the taste out of my mind. I kept trying "jasmine-green tea" blends back in the U.S. from every place I could find it and it just was not the same intense dark taste I remembered. The brand I recommended is the first one that ever came close. I have been addicted ever since! Best served in my opinion with a squeeze of lemon and lightly sweetened.


            1. re: mellycooks

              It's possible that you had an jasmine scented oolong which would be rather rare, but oolongs are generally more pronounced than a green tea because of the semi-fermentation. It could even have been a jasmine scented black tea which would have even more body as it's fully fermented.

              I may not know the best place to find the perfect BBQ in Atlanta, but I'm a tea purveyor -- so tea I know.

              Best wishes finding the jasmine tea that suits you!

              1. re: mellycooks

                Certain kinds are more fragrant than others -- many places sell Dragon Well Jasmine Tea (Mandarin: long jing hua cha, Cantonese: lung tsing faa chaa). It's new tea leaves wrapped with highest-quality jasmine flowers into little balls... it is surprisingly affordable here, on the order of $100 a pound (bear in mind that a pound is a LOT of tea).

                Ten Ren has it; even some Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf stores have it though having had theirs, it's not as high quality as elsewhere.

              2. re: Francesca

                Even a green tea blend wouldn't have quite the green color of something like a sencha, gyokuro, etc.

                What you might've had, though, is a jasmine-scented black, which I think might be more common than jasmine greens.

              3. This has really been a learning experience. I agree with you about the taste, though I prefer it straight up - can't wait to stock up. Thanks again for the tip. All the best w/nuptials.