• HOME >
  • Types of Tea

Finding good green tea to produce quality jasmine pearl

[2013.03.31] Posted By

Jasmine tea is one of the very important teas in our lineup. Many people may think that Jasmine flower plays an important role in Jasmine tea. Nevertheless, the most important element in Jasmine tea is the base green tea.

base-green tea for jasmine pearl

I have visited Fujian province to search for the ideal green tea

In this early spring, one of our very important objectives for visiting Fujian province is to look for the base-green tea for making jasmine pearl. Jasmine tea can be found in everywhere. However, it is one of the most difficult teas to secure the procurement. There are a lot of stories to tell.

inspecting the green tea for jasmine pearl

 

Finding the quality Green tea is the priority

For sourcing Jasmine Pearl, we are not just buying the finished product of Jasmine Pearl. We have to buy green tea first in this season and keep it until summer. In the market, the jasmine pearl is also available for us to buy in August to September when jasmine flower is available. However, the finished product of Jasmine Pearl moves very fast due to the increasing demand in China domestic market. If I wait until summer, the choices are limited. In fact, I have ever failed to purchase jasmine pearl 4 years ago. I need to secure the mao cha (crude green tea) now and store it until summer until jasmine flower season comes.

Jasmine base-green tea

The base-green tea for making jasmine pearl. This tea will be rolled in to a pearl shape.

green tea for jasmine pearl

The base-green tea for jasmine pearl.

 

The less character in flavor is ideal for jasmine tea

In fact, nearly 50% of teas produced in China are green teas. Unfortunately, very limited kinds of green teas are suitable for making jasmine pearl. Firstly, the tea should not have strong flavour. If the base green tea has a distinctive flavour, it distracts the flavour of jasmine flower. It is believed that most of Fujian green tea is suitable to process into jasmine tea. It is because that Fuding Da Bai Hao cultivar (福鼎大白毫種) gives less flavour and its gentle character is suitable for making jasmine pearl.
Secondly, the tea must have the right size of bud if it’s to be rolled into jasmine pearl.Besides, the Jasmine Pearl should be a little white, thus the bud should be covered with down. After all, Fuding Da Bai Hao meets all three criteria mentioned above and it’s the most sought after material in making Jasmine Pearl.
jasmine base green tea

 

Many adversities in buying the right material

However, buying the right base-green tea is getting more difficult. The Fuding Da Bai Hao cultivar is also used for making white tea such as Silver Needle and Bai Mu Dan. Since the price of white tea stays very high in a past few years, farmers switched their production to white tea and many of them refuse to process green tea. As a result, the price of green tea is also increasing. With Hojo’s standard, the green tea for jasmine pearl has to be the first-plucked tea in March. We also need to concern about the intensity of after taste and body.

 

Testing for pesticide

After we select the suitable batch of green tea, it will be then tested for pesticide residues before we can confirm the purchase of the particular batch. In a way, we cannot buy any tea in the tea market even if the quality and the price are suitable, unless they are willing to hold the green tea for two weeks until the pesticide testing result is confirmed. After spending some time checking the green tea with individual tea supplier, we came to the conclusion that it’s impossible to obtain the quality we are looking for from the commercial tea market. The way out is to obtain tea from contracted tea garden that quality and safety is up to our requirements.

pan-frying process for green tea

This is the pan-frying process, producing the base-green tea for lower-end jasmine tea

green tea for jasmine tea
rolling process of green tea

This is the rolling process for making green tea. For high-end jasmine pearl, the tea leaf is never rolled.

Related Articles

How to get the latest update on HOJO Tea?

1. Follow Twitter, 2. Click "Like" on Facebook, and 3. Subscribe in newsletter. You can have the latest tea news from HOJO Tea.

Subscribe the Newsletter to enjoy the privileges
You may receive a free sample upon purchase, or you may have the priority to purchase special products. So please remember to subscribe our newsletter as well as the social network.
  •                 

HOJO TEA Online Shop NEWSlist

Very Rare Tea, Jasmine Wild White Tea Bud is Available!
We released Jasmine Wild White Tea Bud (茉莉野生白芽茶). This is the original tea of HOJO. We made this new tea in 2019. I believe this is the only tea in the world. We made the new tea in the world In our line-up, we have one type of white tea called Wild White Tea Bud. …
Ming Feng Shan Raw Pu-erh Tea 2019 is now available
Ming Feng Shan Raw Pu-erh Tea 2019 鳴鳳山古樹生茶 2019 is available now in our store both in Japan and Malaysia. The Ming Feng Shan is the name of the mountain located in the west of Lincang. In Ming Feng Shan, we particularly selected the feral garden (2100m) that is left in the wild for a …

NEW ARTICLES

Tang Jia Raw Pu-erh Tea 2019 is Now Available
Tang Jia Raw Pu-erh Tea is made from the spring tea grown in the west Lincang, at the altitude of 2000 to 2100m. Tang Jia means Tang Family in Chinese. This name comes from the family who owns the tea garden. Tang Jia tea garden is ancient tea garden with a vast number of huge …
The Real Cause of Astringency in Tea
Many people might think that astringency in tea comes from tannin. The fact is tannin only contributed partially to the astringency. There are two types of root cause of astringency. Besides tannin, the astringency comes from minerals too. Difference between tannin and poly phenol Summer or autumn tea is normally astringent. If you drink those …
Very Rare Tea, Jasmine Wild White Tea Bud is Available!
We released Jasmine Wild White Tea Bud (茉莉野生白芽茶). This is the original tea of HOJO. We made this new tea in 2019. I believe this is the only tea in the world. We made the new tea in the world In our line-up, we have one type of white tea called Wild White Tea Bud. …
Ming Feng Shan Raw Pu-erh Tea 2019 is now available
Ming Feng Shan Raw Pu-erh Tea 2019 鳴鳳山古樹生茶 2019 is available now in our store both in Japan and Malaysia. The Ming Feng Shan is the name of the mountain located in the west of Lincang. In Ming Feng Shan, we particularly selected the feral garden (2100m) that is left in the wild for a …
Do you know that organic tea does not mean healthy?
Have you ever heard about sustainable tea garden? It means tea garden is independent from human and being able to continue to propagate as part of ecology. Every year we spend nearly two months in Yunnan for sourcing tea. We make sure that all of our Yunnan teas are from the sustainable tea garden. The …
High Mountain Pu-erh Tea is Now Available in Our Store
High mountain purple raw pu-erh tea is now available in our store. This is one of the very interesting raw pu-erh teas we made in 2019. High mountain tea called Zi-Cha High mountain purple tea is made from the specific varietry called Zi-cha by the locals. In Chinese, Zi-cha means purple tea. This variety is …
Taiping Houkui 2019 is now available in our store
2019 Taiping Houkui is available in our store. Taiping Houkui was listed as the Top Ten Famous Teas in China. It has been the well-known green tea of Anhui province since Qin dynasty. We have both standard and special tribute grade. The special tribute grade was grown at higher altitude and it gives longer lasting …
2019 Chinese Green Teas are available in our store
We have now received three types of 2019 Chinese green tea and one yellow tea. Thanks to less rain in this spring, the quality of these teas is excellent. Shi Feng Long Jing 獅峰龍井茶 Long Jing is the well-known Chinese green tea. It is produced in Zhejiang Province. In particular, Shi Feng Long Jing produced …
Pre-Booking of Da Xue Shan Wild Tea and White Tea Mao-Cha 2019
We open the pre-booking of Da Xue Shan Wild Raw Pu-erh Tea and Wild White tea in loose form (mao cha). This year we have very limited stock of loose tea. We will close the booking once the quantity of order reaches our quota. Tea is arriving soon in Japan. So, we should be able …

PAGETOP