Qingming Maofeng Jasmine Snowflake (Bi Tan Piao Xue)

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“Jasmine Snowflake” or “Bi Tan Piao Xue” (=”snow flakes in the green lake”) is a Jasmine-scented green tea. The exquisite selection of its ingredients – an early spring Maofeng green tea and fresh midsummer jasmine blossoms – as well as the supreme processing excellence make it a qualitative spearhead within its category. The tea owes its particularly intense jasmine taste and fragrance to the five scenting runs performed according to old tradition – each over night and with freshly picked jasmine flowers.

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Qingming Maofeng Jasmine Snowflake (Bi Tan Piao Xue) - Jasmine green tea based on a quality Mao Feng green tea from Fanjingshan, Guizhou, and freshly picked midsummer Jasmine flowers

Qingming Maofeng Jasmine Snowflake (Bi Tan Piao Xue)

“Jasmine Snowflake” or “Bi Tan Piao Xue” (=”snow flakes in the green lake”) is a Jasmine-scented green tea. The exquisite selection of its ingredients as well as its supreme processing excellence make it a qualitative spearhead within its category. On the one hand, this means using a quality early spring (Qinming) Maofeng green tea as a basis tea.  On the other hand, it means the scenting of the ready-processed green tea with freshly picked midsummer jasmine blossoms over 5 scenting runs. On the palate, the resulting intense jasmine flavor competes with the spring-fresh green tea taste for the gourmet’s favor.

Qingming Maofeng Jasmine Snowflake (Bi Tan Piao Xue) - Jasmine green tea based on a quality Mao Feng green tea from Fanjingshan, Guizhou, and freshly picked midsummer Jasmine flowers

The Basis Green Tea

The basis green tea is a Qingming picking from the 2672m high Fanjingshan in the southern Chinese Guizhou province. At this, a “Mao Feng” picking standard is a guarantor for both quality and taste Pflückstandard. That is, the picking takes place during the very days when the still unopened leaf and the already opened leaf of the young bud are the same length. While the former absorbs the Jasmine fragrance particularly well, the latter best preserves the taste of green tea. However, the scenting doesn’t take place in time with or soon after the the initial green tea processing. Instead, it is a completely independent part of a Jasmine green tea’s total processing cycle (see below).

Qingming Maofeng Jasmine Snowflake (Bi Tan Piao Xue) - Jasmine green tea based on a quality Mao Feng green tea from Fanjingshan, Guizhou, and freshly picked midsummer Jasmine flowers

The Jasmine Flowers

Jasmine and the tea plant are two plants with quite different seasonal cycles. While the best time to pick green tea is early in spring, jasmine flowers in China blossom from around May to October. The jasmine flowers reach their strongest fragrance in midsummer only, around the end of August. Since it takes freshly picked jasmine flowers for proper traditional scenting, there’s always a gap of several months when producing quality jasmine green tea from the picking and processing of the basic green tea to its scenting.

The Scenting

The complex scenting process looks back on a centuries-old tradition in China. Due to the need for freshly picked Jasmine, the scenting must take place nearby where the flower grows in abundance. In the case of our “Bi Tan Piao Xue”, this is Hengxian in the southern Chinese province of Guangxi. After bringing in the freshly picked Jasmine flowers, the producer will mix them with the green tea. This should take place in the late afternoon,  as this is the time when the flowers open and exude their aroma most powerfully. Then, the mix is left overnight, so that the tea leaves can absorb the fragrance and taste of the fllowers. For a top grade scented tea, however, this process needs to be repeated over and over for several days. That means, the more scenting runs, the more intense the scenting.

The physical presence of the jasmine flowers gives the tea a slightly bitter taste. Accordingly, for quality jasmine green tea the flowers are sorted out again at the end of the scenting process.

Preparation

The preparation of Qingming Maofeng Jasmine Snowflake resembles the preparation of many other Chinese green teas. Initially, poor 2-3g tea leavesr/100ml with 75-85°C hot water after boiling. Then let steep up to 2 minutes for first brew that is both intense and harmonious. Ensuingly, 2 more steeps are nearly undiminished delicious. However, the jasmine component starts overlayering the green tea taste in further infusions.

For more Chinese green teas click on the following link:

Green Tea from China @ Siam Tea Shop

And here’s to more types of scented Chineese teas:

Scented Teas from China im Siam Tee Shop

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