iheartea wrote:I am a green tea fan, so I'm not too familiar with oolong or jasmine teas and sources. This time, I will be using it to brew kombucha. Can anyone give me a jasmine/jasmine pearls recommendation?
Jasmine pearls is jasmine flowers scented on tea. The tea can be rolled in pearl form or sometimes in tea leaves natural forms. There are a few criteria on selecting this tea.
Firstly the tea with artificial jasmine flavour should be avoided at all cost. If the tea is naturally scented with real jasmine flowers, it is good to find out how many times the scenting process took place. Normally the higher the better. Typically a good scenting process can go through 6-8 rounds. Next would be the base of the tea that is used for scenting. There many types of base tea leaves from oolong to white tea and recently from Puer tea. Personally I prefer white tea as a base as it complement with the ethereal aroma of the jasmine.
Jasmine scented tea is preferred to be drunk fresh but loose its aroma in longer period of time. I normally drink them within a few a few months or over one or two years. It is a very nice tea to enjoy usually in the morning but sometime I do drink it in midnight if I have sudden craze for it.