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Jasmine Orchid Tea Cake

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A fine Chinese green tea in the shape of an orchid.

The Chinese custom of storing tea as a compressed cake dates back to the days when it was accepted as currency by Tibetan tradesmen. Taking the time-honoured shape of an orchid and stamped with the Chinese symbol for prosperity, we've selected a fragrant jasmine green tea for a true taste of tradition.

Jasmine tea is a speciality of China's Fujian Province, crafted from the youngest two leaves and a bud from each tea bush. After being skilfully fired to prevent oxidation, the leaves are then kept in cold storage until the first jasmine blossoms begin to bloom in July. Delicately picked buds of unopened jasmine are layered over the leaves, gradually opening at dusk to release their essential oils. The tea is constantly turned overnight, allowing the natural fragrance to infuse into the leaves; the painstaking process is then repeated up to 6 times with a fresh batch of flowers, making this a true artisan tea.

The Jasmine Orchid Tea Cake is supplied as one 50g unit (8cm diameter). Roughly 2g to be used per serving.

  • Tea Type

    Green Tea

  • Origin


  • Taste Profile

    Sweet, Floral, Refreshing

  • Tastes like

    Bright, floral and fragrant

  • Food pairing

    With spicy food for a tingling mouth sensation

  • When to drink

    Jasmine green tea is a delicious digestif

Brew the perfect cup

To brew, simply break off a small chunk of the tea and mix it with a little boiled water to 'wake up' the leaves. Drain the water and infuse as usual - you'll find you need very few leaves to create a sweet and lightly fragrant cup. The leaves can be steeped multiple times, releasing layers of flavour with each infusion.

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The Chinese invented paper, gunpowder and the compass. But their finest innovation has to be tea, reputedly first discovered by the emperor Shen Nong in 2737 BCE. Originally prepared as a medicinal brew, tea became a drink in its own right during the Han Dynasty (206 BCE – 220 CE), and today China produces thousands of different varieties ranging from black, green and white tea to oolong, puerh and yellow tea. If you’re looking for a bit of teatime reading take a look at Lu Yu’s ‘Tea Classic’: first written in 780 CE, it covers everything from cultivation methods to tea etiquette…


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The orchid is a symbol for prosperity in Chinese culture, as is the number 8. We've given our Jasmine Tea Cake the number 88 meaning ‘double joy'.

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