While I’m already “slumming it” right off the bat with my “in cup” entries, why stop now? The truth is this tea was my start to loose tea 10-11 years back, and while many write it off I still enjoy it to this day. Everyone has seen it, the three sizes of yellow and gold tins that say “Jasmine Tea” in four languages around it, most everyone says it is bitter and terrible. However, when brewed properly I can make this tea stand right up there with top grade expensive Jasmine greens, no foolin’.
Part of the secret is to only buy the 1/2 lb. tin (a whole $3.99 :), they are filled with nice full jasmine blossoms whereas the small tins have only a few petals. Also don’t try to brew it as a green tea. Use higher heat water and medium steeping times (about 1.5-2 minutes) . It is better than the top and second grade Jasmine green that I bough for a decent penny at Ten Ren. And while I’m baring it all, I often brew this in a Yixing teapot *gasp* (It is not “correct” to brew a green in Yixing, but since this one likes higher water temps. I break the law). Have been for 10 years or so, and the teapot has the most beautiful scent to it and the tea that comes out of it has impressed and amazed many a seasoned tea drinker that it came from that little yellow and gold tin with the “junky” tea inside.