China Royal Jasmine Curls Green Tea: What It Is and How to Brew It

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China Royal Jasmine Curls—the name alone suggests that this is an exquisite tea!

This specialty green tea, unique to China, is made with time-honored traditions. In Fujian Province (located on mainland China’s southeast coast), bud sets are plucked in the spring and lightly processed. Then, when jasmine blossoms are available in the summer, the blossoms and tea leaves are layered. This allows the tea to pick up the aroma and flavor of the flowers.

The beautiful hand-rolled curls of tea slowly unfurl as you brew them, yielding a captivating brew. The photos above show the curls before and after the first brew of 2 minutes. You can see that the leaves have not fully opened, and this first brew did not have as much flavor as I would like.

So on to the second brew:

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This infusion appears pretty much the same as the first . . . as in, pretty much ide534_leaves-after-2nd-inf_0250ntical. Trust me, I did label these to keep track of which is which!

This second infusion resulted in a more flavorful cup, delicate and delicious. And the leaves are more unfurled.

But you can see that a couple of leaves are still a bit curled up, bringing me to a third infusion, which was my favorite!

A note about brewing—for the best flavor, brew the curls loose in a pot and then strain the leaves out, or, use a brew basket large enough to allow the leaves to fully open up and remove the basket after 2 minutes. You also don’t want boiling water for this green tea classic. I began at 176°F; for each successive infusion, it is best to drop the temperature by a couple of degrees.

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Tea pictured is available at TeaHaus. Recommended brewing is 3 g (1 heaping tsp) of tea per 8 oz of filtered water, boiled and cooled to 80°C/176°F, for 2 minutes.

3 thoughts on “China Royal Jasmine Curls Green Tea: What It Is and How to Brew It

  1. I never know where to purchase fine teas. There’s a nice locally owned ‘hippy store’ here called The Good Earth where I have purchased really nice teas but I wanted to branch out more. I’ve been collecting tea for over 10 years I think and have 71 countries in the collection. I read the folklore associated with the tea and read its history, among other things. I just love it and I’m always looking to try new teas so when I read about China Royal Jasmine Curls and where to find them I jumped on it. I followed your instructions carefully and wow, what a beautiful three cups of tea I had.
    Lastly, because I’m an artist I’ve experimented with painting with tea. How fun!
    Smiles to you and yours,
    Faith

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    1. Thanks for writing! You have a really nice collection of tea. What are your favorites or your go-to teas, and what countries are they from? Learning about teas and tisanes is sort of like going down the rabbit hole—you never know where or when you’ll come out or what you’ll discover along the way! Glad you enjoyed the Royal Jasmine Curls!

      Painting with tea could be a clever way to get rid of tea that you don’t like to drink lol. I imagine that you get some lovely earth tones from different teas. Your artwork is gorgeous by the way; you are incredibly talented.

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