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The concept of scenting tea with Persian jasmine was first introduced to China around the same time as Buddhism.  Its popularity was realized quickly when Jasmine tea was declared a Tribute Tea to the imperial court of the Song Dynasty.

Jasmine Silver Needle requires numerous “scentings” to infuse the sweet fragrance of white jasmine blossom with the delicate flavor of hand-picked buds.  The process is painstakingly long, but the result is an exquisite white tea that is silky smooth, refreshing, and rarely this good...

Typically, a more common Jasmine tea would entail scenting cheap green tea, which is then rolled into a ball to "lock" in the fragrance.  To the contrary, this unique combination - a smooth, and unobtrusive Spring white tea, enveloped with sweet jasmine blossoms - allows the soothing flavor of Jasmine to carry on, without the bitterness of lower quality green tea.  Thus, we have a more floral and unmistakably smooth Jasmine Silver Needle, with notes of sugarcane and fields of Persian jasmine petals...

Notes:         jasmine blossom, sugarcane, bubble gum

Infusion:     190ºF / 88ºC for 1-2 minutes

Origin:         Fuding, Fujian Province, China

 




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Tea Infusion Quantities

So how many cups is 50g of tea? Or 1lb of tea leaves?

The appropriate amount to use depends on the size of the teapot, teacup, or gaiwan, and how much water is being applied.  Typically, an average serving of tea in a small-medium vessel is about 4-6 grams.  Experienced tea drinkers will often use 6-8 grams per serving - with shorter and more frequent infusions.

Therefore, a 50 gram pouch of tea should be good for 8-12 servings of tea.  Depending on the type of tea, however, the leaves can withstand several "steepings", so that 50 gram pouch should allow for 24-50 cups of tea!  And, since a pound (lb) is about 450 grams, a properly steeped pound of tea should produce several hundred cups of tea!

 

Quantity of Tea

50 grams

100 grams

1 pound

Servings

8-12 servings

16-24 servings

70-85 servings

Cups of Tea*

24-50 cups

50-100 cups

200-400 cups

*often depending on the technique of the tea master, time per infusion, and thirst of the drinkers