Searching For Jasmine Tea
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!
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.
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.
15 A Elm St, Somerville, MA