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Scented Tea

Camellia sinensis leaves infused with the bold fragrances of flowers, spices, and herbs through natural scenting or blending


What Is Scented Tea?

Scented teas use the leaves of the tea plant as a base. Tea crafters infuse those leaves with flowers, spices, or herbs after processing. These additions can highlight or mask the natural flavors of the tea leaf. Our current selection in this category includes many teas inspired by worldwide traditions. But the most common type of scented tea in China uses fresh jasmine flowers. The fragrant flowers impart a delicate floral aroma to green or white teas.


a variety of scented teas, inlcuding jasmine pearls



How Is Scented Tea Made?

Scented teas start with a base tea, crafted like any other. Tea leaves are plucked and withered. Then bruising and roasting the leaves achieves the desired level of oxidation. Many different types of tea are used to craft scented teas, but green and black teas are the most common. For our best jasmine teas, we prefer a white tea base. The unique leaves lend a rich texture and delicate sweetness to the brew. Without grassiness or bitterness, these leaves do not compete with the jasmine aroma.

No matter what the base leaf, once in finished form it is blended or scented using fresh flowers, spices, or herbs. Traditional jasmine teas absorb their captivating aroma through a labor intensive process. The dried leaves are laid in a flat layer, and topped with a batch of fresh jasmine flowers. As the jasmine flowers dry, the tea leaves below absorb their fragrant oils. After each day, the jasmine flowers are removed and replaced with a new batch. Each extra day of the scenting process intensifies the fragrance in the leaves.


green tea leaves naturally scented with jasmine flowers


Signs Of Quality

This is one category of tea in which quality depends on aroma. The aromatic added ingredients usually overpower the subtleties of the base tea leaves. These flowers, herbs, or spices create the dominant flavor in the brewed tea. But the quality of the base leaves will determine the mouth feel and levels of bitterness in the tea.

For jasmine teas, we prefer to use premium harvests of white tea leaves. The young, down-covered buds lack the compounds to produce bitterness. They add sweetness to the delicate flavors and lend a rich texture to the brew. In jasmine teas specifically, the dried flowers actually lend bitterness to the finished tea. Thus, they are removed altogether after the scenting process. Any visible flowers are only added for aesthetics.


da bai leaf buds form the white tea base for premium jasmine teas



Scented Teas To Try

  • Dragon Pearl Jasmine Supreme is our most premium jasmine tea, with young white tea leaves traditionally scented with fresh jasmine flowers over ten nights for an exceptional fragrance.

    Dragon Pearl Jasmine Supreme
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    漢字 極品龍珠飄香

    origin Fuding County, Fujian

    craft rolled & scented

    flavor notes jasmine, sweet

    漢字 極品龍珠飄香

    origin Fuding County, Fujian

    craft rolled & scented

    flavor notes jasmine, sweet

    Dragon Pearl Jasmine Supreme is our finest Jasmine scented tea. We only use spring-harvested Da Bai leaf buds from Fuding County, Fujian for the base tea, a variety usually reserved for white tea crafting. The buds are handpicked, then steamed and individually rolled by hand. The finished tea is then...


  • This Inner Blossom Jasmine consists of young white tea buds lightly scented with jasmine and tied by hand around a pink flower. We suggest brewing in a glass vessel to watch the flower blossom as it steeps.

    Inner Blossom Jasmine
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    漢字 裡面開花茉莉白

    origin Fujian

    craft scented & hand tied

    flavor notes delicate, jasmine

    漢字 裡面開花茉莉白

    origin Fujian

    craft scented & hand tied

    flavor notes delicate, jasmine

    Over fifty white tea buds enclose an inner red clover. Each blossom is then scented over the course of six nights with summer Jasmine. Once steeped in water, the individual buds open to form the petals of an underwater daisy with a red chrysanthemum at its center. Blossoming teas are...


  • Lapsangsouchong is a hearty black tea smoked over pine needles to develop a rich smoky flavor. While this unique tea has become extremely popular, it is also used for smoking duck.

    Lapsangsouchong
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    漢字 正山小種

    origin Fujian

    craft smoked with pine

    flavor notes bold, smoke

    漢字 正山小種

    origin Fujian

    craft smoked with pine

    flavor notes bold, smoke

    Lapsangsouchong originated during the tumult of the Taiping Rebellion, a civil war that waged through southern China from 1850 to 1864. While in the Wuyi Mountains, Taiping soldiers used bags of maocha, or unfinished tea, as resting cushions. Their weight crushed and damaged the leaves, encouraging the oxidation that transformed...