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Searching For Jasmine Tea

massgirl Oct 13, 2008 09:06 AM

I am looking for jasmine tea in the Boston area that uses whole Jasminum sambac flowers to make the tea. I'd prefer it in the loose tea variety. Would anybody be able to recommend a store I could check out to see if they carry it? I've searched this board and Google with no avail. I am thinking a Chinese supermarket might carry it, but I thought I'd try this board's infinite wisdom first. Thanks!

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    bear RE: massgirl Oct 13, 2008 09:39 AM

    Not sure if this is what you're looking for, but it's worth checking out Tea Zone in Somerville. Really nice, helpful people, and great tea. They might be able to steer you in the right direction.

    http://www.teazonline.com/servlet/the...

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    Tea Zone
    15 A Elm St, Somerville, MA

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      Bob Dobalina RE: bear Oct 13, 2008 10:17 AM

      Second that. And it looks like they have it on their website?

      http://www.teazonline.com/servlet/the...

    2. BostonZest RE: massgirl Oct 13, 2008 10:13 AM

      http://www.tealuxe.com

      Tealuxe seems to have a nice full flower Jasmine.

      http://www.uptontea.com

      Has a wide selection of Jasmine teas

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        fragolino RE: BostonZest Oct 14, 2008 07:36 PM

        I second uptontea.com. They have "Yin-Hao special grade jasmine" which has jasmine flowers in it, although you should verify with them whether or not it's the type you're looking for.

      2. finlero RE: massgirl Oct 14, 2008 07:56 PM

        I believe you're looking for jasmine pearls, aka dragon pearls or downy pearls; each "pearl" is a jasmine flower bud hand-rolled in jasmine leaves. Although it's relatively expensive, it's pretty easy to find in the area.

        I agree, Tea Zone is cool as an independent spot. Tealuxe is a small chain, but also Boston-based.

        If you can't get to the above, you can get jasmine pearl tea at any Peet's coffee (Boston, Cambridge, Brookline, Newton, Lexingon, Wellesley); it's listed in the "rare and exotic tea" section of their menu. I've also seen it at Whole Foods and very occasionally at Trader Joes.

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          digga RE: finlero Oct 14, 2008 08:13 PM

          I could have sworn I saw a "For Rent" sign at Tea Zone about a month ago. Seeing these posts make me doubt my eyes, though. Double check before you stop in.

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            teaTomE RE: digga Oct 14, 2008 11:20 PM

            If Tea Zone is really closing then

            1. I will cry

            2. The next best option is the excellent Timeless Teas on Newbury St above the Cafe L'Aroma (opposite H&M)

        2. massgirl RE: massgirl Oct 15, 2008 06:41 AM

          Thanks everyone for the suggestions. I actually called Tea Zone the other day and they were definitely open. I plan on heading there Friday after work or some time this weekend. I will also check out Tea Luxe and a few places on Newbury. Thanks again!

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