For the health-conscious consumer, opening oneself up to the world of tea proves to be an excellent decision. Whether or not one puts faith into the many positive studies on the health benefits of the chemicals in tea, the beverage itself is just different from so many others. It has the complexity and diversity of wine while promoting an alertness comparable to that of coffee without making one feel anxious. Many people also find comfort in sipping warm beverages, making it perfect for everything from social gatherings to quiet reflections.
Over the past decade, there’s been an increased interest in the emerging trend of aromatherapy. While the health benefits are up for discussion, it’s beyond debate that we generally find pleasant aromas to be subjectively satisfying. They calm us, relax us, and help us de-stress from the most disruptive of days. In order to get that sense of winding down and decompressing, we often turn to candles, oils, or soaps with scents like lavender, patchouli, or ylang ylang.
But what if I told you that you could have the best of both worlds, tea and aromatherapy?
Jasmine green tea proves to be the perfect harmony of both. It gives you all of the benefits of drinking tea, but its wonderful aroma also invites you into a state of relaxation that is incomparable to other forms of aromatherapy in isolation. Jasmine green tea also proves to be an excellent choice for those who want to branch out into green tea but have a difficult time finding something that they like.
If you’re looking for the perfect Jasmine green tea, then we recommend trying Bi Tan Piao Xu, otherwise known as Jasmine Snowflakes. The Chinese name literally translates into, “Snow Falling Upon an Emerald Pond,” aptly named given the light, puffy flowers of jasmine mingled in with a young and fresh green tea.
What makes Bi Tan Piao Xu different from many other jasmine green teas are two important, related choices that the artisan made when creating it. Many jasmine green teas on the market use inferior or older green teas, usually in an effort to sell off some tea that was unable to sell. In an effort to mask the inferiority of the tea, it is then aggressively scented with jasmine so that one is no longer able to taste the green tea.
Our Bi Tan Piao Xu is made from a harvest of green tea that was plucked in the early spring, consisting only of buds and small leaves, a sign of which is the fine down you can see on the leaves when you look closely. In order not to hide the pleasant taste of this fresher tea, it is then scented with jasmine only three to five times, giving it a delightful aroma without detracting from the taste of the green tea.
Much like a good Laspang Souchong, good jasmine green tea should have the scent of jasmine complement the taste of the green tea rather than hide it. So whether you’re looking for a way to branch out into the wider world of green teas or you’re simply trying to relax after a long day, Bi Tan Piao Xu makes for the perfect combination of aromatherapy and good tea.