Country of Origin: China
Region: Fujian Province
Shipping Port: Fuzhou
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.
Ingredients: Luxury green tea, Jasmine petals
Jasmine Dragon Tears 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 tea cup, 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
The extraordinary flavour of these Jasmine Dragon Tears is due to the
time of plucking, manufacture and the fresh spring jasmine blooms. The
new tea 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. Coinciding with the new tea growth, the jasmine bushes
are in spring bloom. Only the most fragrant blossoms are used (from
bushes that are known to produce the most fragrant flowers). These fresh
flowers are layered between the tea and before long the intense and
uplifting fragrance of the new jasmine blooms is passed on to the tea.
An extraordinary taste experience!
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 80’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]
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’.