Jasmine tea is a popular tea to drink as hot tea, iced tea, boba tea and milk tea. How does jasmine tea taste? What's the flavor profile? What types of jasmine tea are there? How is it made? Does jasmine tea have caffeine in it?
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I especially enjoy ordering jasmine oolong tea when I'm eating out at one of our favorite Chinese restaurants here in Houston. The light, floral hot tea is soothing and cuts through the richness of the meal.
🍵 What does jasmine tea taste like?
Jasmine is a flowering bush or vine and if you've ever walked by the plant in flower, it's intense floral scent blows you away. The tea will carry some of those same aromas and flavors. These are the words used to describe how jasmine tea tastes:
- rich (oolong tea base)
- slightly astringent or bitter (black and green tea bases)
🌼 How is jasmine tea made?
Jasmine tea is made using a base tea of either oolong, green or black tea leaves. While the tea is being processed, jasmine flowers are added to infuse the tea leaves in the scent of the flowers. Then, the flowers are removed.
🍵 Does jasmine tea have caffeine?
Yes, because "jasmine tea" is actually oolong, green or black tea leaves that have been infused with jasmine flowers. Jasmine blossoms themselves do not have any caffeine in them, though.
Oolong, green and black teas are all made using a different process, but all come from the same camellia sinensis plant. And, these teas are all caffeinated.
So, if you're enjoying jasmine tea, find out what type of base tea you're drinking. Is it oolong? Green? Or, black? This will help you understand the different flavors you're tasting and how much caffeine is in the cup.
- Black jasmine tea has about 50-75mg of caffeine in an 8 ounce cup of tea. But, what does black tea taste like?
- Oolong jasmine tea has about 30-45mg of caffeine in an 8 ounce cup of tea.
- Green jasmine tea has about 15-25mg of caffeine in an 8 ounce cup of tea.
Jasmine dragon pearl tea is a very special tea that has been hand rolled into little pearls before it is dried. When you steep the loose tea, the little balls unfurl. Jasmine pearls is an especially delicious jasmine green tea you should try!
🧋 What does jasmine milk tea taste like?
- sweet - jasmine tea has a natural sweetness to it. Adding a sweetener like sugar, agave or honey will sweeten the drink further.
- floral or flowery - expect an aroma much like smelling a jasmine vine in bloom
- creamy - depending on what type of milk you use, this will alter the flavor slightly. Oat milk is naturally sweeter than almond milk. Soy milk is creamier and thicker than almond milk. We did a taste test of 15 dairy free milk substitutes to find out which was best for tea.
- slightly bitter and astringent - this will vary depending on what type of base tea is included: green, black or oolong tea. This will also vary depending on how long the tea was steeped and at what temperature.
The boba pearls or jelly you choose to add may also alter the flavor. So, really the possibilities are endless! But, in general, jasmine milk tea will be light, creamy, floral and sweet.
Yes, jasmine tea is vegan as long as you do not add dairy milk or honey to it. Make it creamy by adding oat milk or soy milk and sweeten with sugar or agave.
Jasmine tea is delicious! It is a very floral tea, so if you don't like floral or flowery teas, this one is not for you.
Jasmine tea is usually made with a base tea that is either green tea, oolong tea or black tea. So, if you're drinking jasmine tea, you're likely drinking a green tea flavored with jasmine flowers. Oolong is also very popular, with flavored jasmine black tea being the least popular jasmine tea. So, you can have the benefits of jasmine and green tea together!
Jasmine green tea tastes sweet, floral and slightly bitter.
Yes! Jasmine tea is delicious hot or cold.
Check out these 9 reasons why jasmine tea is good for you.
🍊 Recipes that pair well with jasmine tea
Jasmine green, black or oolong tea pairs well with citrus, berry, coconut desserts. Jasmine oolong especially pairs nicely with rich food, such as sesame noodles and Jamaican rice and pigeon peas. It would also be refreshing served alongside a vegan poke bowl.