Country of Origin: China
Region: Fujian Province
Grade: Tea pearls with delicate jasmine scent
Altitude: 1500 feet above sea level
Manufacture type: Steamed green tea and hand rolled
Cup characteristics: Smooth with delicate and pleasing flavour and a heavenly jasmine character
Infusion: Pale green liquor
Country of Origin: China
Green tea, Jasmine
Hot tea brewing method: When preparing by the cup, this tea can be used repeatedly – about 2-3 times. The secret is to use water that is about 80-85’C. Place 6-8 pearls in your cup, let the tea steep for about 3 minutes and then begin enjoying a cup of enchantment – do not remove the leaves from the cup. Once the water level is low – add more water, and so on and so on – until the flavor of the tea is exhausted. Look at the pattern of the leaves in the brew, not only do they foretell your fortune but you can see the bud and shoots presenting themselves, looking like they are about to be plucked. [The traditional Chinese method of drinking this tea would be to use the leaves 3-5 times and discuss philosophy with a close friend]
Iced tea brewing method: (to make 1 liter/quart) : Place 25-30 pearls into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Pour 1 1/4 cups of freshly boiled water over the tea. Steep for 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the tea into your serving pitcher straining the leaves. Add ice and top up the pitcher with cold water. Garnish and sweeten to taste. [A rule of thumb when preparing fresh brewed iced tea is to double the strength of hot tea since it will be poured over ice and diluted with cold water.]
Did you know?
Jasmine Dragon Pearls are a green tea and are made from the top two leaves and the bud of new season growth (Late March /early April). These delicate leaves are then hand rolled into the small pearls. When you infuse these pearls in your teacup, you will see the top two leaves and the bud come to life. In fact you will see some small ‘hairy down’ on the bud of the leaves – this denotes superb quality and very careful and delicate handling.
The extraordinary flavor of these Dragon Pearls is due to the time of plucking and manufacture. The new season starts in China in late March/early April (dependent on weather patterns) and it is during the first 4 weeks that the best teas are manufactured. After this initial period the quality of the teas and green leaf start to deteriorate rapidly and the teas become quite plain. Dragon Pearls are only made from tea plucked in the first 3 weeks of the new season.
Tea aficionados know that Chinese green teas such as Dragon Pearls are among the finest green teas produced. Clear and rich, they often have substantial body and pungency that belie their pale liquors. The aroma is sweet and floral, or like spring meadows or cool forests – after all, green teas are only steamed before drying and it is not surprising that good China greens such as this, possesses an ethereal but appetizing vegetative fragrance and flavor.