First off, I wanted to thank the people at Teagini for the opportunity to try this amazing tea. There are so many great teas I have had the opportunity to try over the past few days and it is all thanks to Teagini.
Fu Zhou Mo Li Hua comes to us from the Southeastern corner of the Fujian province. This tea gets part of its name from Fu Zhou, the city where it comes from. The other part of its name, Mo Li Hua, means “jasmine flower” because it is blended with fresh jasmine flowers to enhance the flavor and aroma. This is known as a “scented tea” because it has added flower and fragrances. These scented teas have been a big part of Chinese tea culture for centuries and if you haven’t had the opportunity to try them yet, you really should.
It had been awhile since I have had a jasmine tea, so I was really looking forward to this tasting. Here are my notes from the session:
Even though there were only one or two jasmine petals in this selection of leaves, the aroma of fresh jasmine immediately took over the tea cup. It was all I could smell as the tea was brewing. As the tea has gotten the opportunity to cool off a bit, I now do notice a little bit of the leaves in the aroma. Anytime jasmine is used in the mix, it usually takes over.
The flavor of this tea is very light, very sweet and not much of a body to it. There really isn’t any bitterness or astringency to this tea. I pretty much only taste the jasmine and then a small hint of a lighter tea. It almost tastes more like a white tea because there isn’t that bitterness or astringency to it that you sometimes get with green teas. I think the reason for this is that judging by the leaves I was given, it looks like they mostly use the tips to make this tea. This could be what is tricking me into thinking this is a white tea instead of a green.
This tea is a little bit too light for me. I really do enjoy the jasmine, it is one of my favorite “scented teas” but I would’ve appreciated a little more substance to this tea. The jasmine itself produces a very nice flavor, but without a strong green tea to balance it out, it is difficult to get a full tasting note.
I steeped it a second time at a higher temperature. The tea gets a little bit bolder the second time around. The jasmine subsides a little bit and you do get more of a full-bodied flavor from the leaves. I actually enjoy the second steeping of this tea more for this reason. If you are a fan of light floral teas, you would probably enjoy the first steeping more, it is all a matter of personal preference.
Thank you guys so much for reading this tea review. Although this tea was not one of my favorites, I would encourage you to check out some of my other reviews. I have received a number of oolong and green teas from this company in the past few days and you can read all about them in the tea section of my blog. Enjoy!