Lichee Jasmine Green Tea

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SHANGHAI LICHEE JASMINE
(Green Tea with natural flavors)
Country of Origin: China
Region: Hunan
Shipping Port: Shanghai
Grade: China Chunmee style
Altitude: Above 2500 feet above sea level
Manufacture Type: Pan fired
Cup Characteristics: Very very nice. Superb synergy of jasmine, green tea and luscious lichee fruit. Sweet fruit finish.
Infusion: Bright, pale green to yellow, light colored cup.
Ingredients: Luxury green tea, Jasmine blossoms.
Information:
Nowhere else in China is the mix of the old and new as visible to the casual observer as it is in Shanghai. In recent years, this massive city of 14.5 million souls has seen its skyline grow from the rooftops of the low-rise Shikumen, Shanghai’s traditional 3 story townhouses, to the frantic heights of some of the world’s tallest sky-scrapers. Quite literally, Shanghai is a city on the rise. However, even with all the newfound hustle and bustle, Shanghai’s citizens still find time to relax and enjoy a few cups of tea with friends and family from time to time. One of the newer places to sit and pass a lazy Saturday is ironically also one of the oldest parts of the city. The ancient neighborhood of Xintiandi, which had fallen on hard times during China’s communist years, was recently reinvented as an über-trendy car-free zone. Visitors can stroll the narrow streets, explore ancient alleyways and stop at one of the many café’s to sip tea as people have done in the area for hundreds of years.
One of the more popular teas in the neighborhood is this delightful blend of lichee and jasmine. In the same way that recent developments in the city have added a dose of color and new life into the landscape, the addition of juicy tart lichee and ethereal jasmine infuse the grassy green leaves with an added brightness and touch of pizzazz. The flavor of the tea is incredible – tangy notes of lichee dance above the exotic tones of jasmine intertwined with touches of honey, citrus and green apple. From the first sip you’ll understand what makes it so popular. A tea best enjoyed with friends!
A little about our base tea:
This tea is based on a Sencha style green tea from Hunan. Interestingly, both green and black teas can be produced from the same bushes. During manufacture, the freshly plucked leaves are steamed immediately and then bruised either by machine or hand. During the steaming process, the tea is layered with jasmine blossoms and lichee. Next the leaf is either pan-fired - a process that imparts a distinctive glossy look and feel - and dried. Unscented Senchas typically have dark green, needle shaped leaves and produce a pale green to yellow, very bright and smooth cup with a sweetish, honey like finish.
Hot tea brewing method: When preparing by the cup, this tea can be used repeatedly - about 3 times. The secret is to use water that is about 180’F or 90’C. Place 1 teaspoon of leaves in you cup and 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 - they foretell life.
Alternatively as with all top quality teas, scoop 2-4 teaspoons of tea into the teapot, pour in boiling water that has been freshly drawn (previously boiled water has lost most of its oxygen and therefore tends to be flat tasting), steep for 2-4 minutes (to taste), stir (virtually all the leaves will sink), pour into your cup but do not add milk or sugar since green tea is enjoyed ‘straight-up’.

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