The Chinese Jasmine Tea Tradition
The scenting of tea leaves – typically green tea, white tea or lightly oxidized Oolong teas – with Jasmine flowers is an old Chinese tradition. In order to achieve a high quality, natural scenting with Jasmine flowers, not only appropriate skills in the processing of the used base tea, but also specific knowledge of the aroma donor plant, namely the Jasmine flower, are needed. For a genuine traditional Jasmine tea, the Jasmine flowers must be freshly collected in proper time with the picking of tea leaves. They will have to be processed along with the freshly picked tea leaves on the very evening of the same day, as this is when the aroma buds of the flowers will open and release their aromatic essences to be absorbed by the tea leaves. While the jasmine flowers bestow a sweet and floral scent and taste on the tea leaves, their own taste is rather bitter, when physically present in the infusion. Hence, it is a general feature of any really good Jasmine tea that Jasmine flowers used for scenting will be sorted out again at the end of the process, so that they are not contained anymore in the final Jasmine tea. One of the most noble forms of tea scented with Jasmine is the use of white ‘Silver Needle’ as a basis tea. Home of this variant is therefore Fuding County in the Chinese province of Fujian, which is the natural place of origin of the world’s most famous traditional white teas, ‘White Silver Needle’ und ‘White Peony’.
Our Spring Imperial Dragon Pearls Jasmine Tea
From Fuding comes also the green tea that forms the basis for this special local jasmine tea specialty, picked from a local, relatively tall and large-leaved tea bush variety. Only the leaves of the spring picking, picked with a 1+2 picking standard (one bud with 1-2 attached young leaves is picked at a time), suffice the high standards for the production of this premium quality Dragon Pearls jasmine tea.
In Fuding, also the Jasmine flowers needed for the scenting of the Dragon Pearls jasmine tea grow locally, which shines light on the possible origin of the idea for this processing variant. In order to achieve the desirable presence of the sweet and floral notes transferred to the tea leaves by the jasmine flowers and ensure their persistence across a range of infusions, the scenting process is at least four times repeated for this tea, every time with new jasmine flowers. Then, the jasmine flowers are carefully sorted out from the leaf material again.
Another characteristic for the processing of Jasmine Dragon Pearls is a special method of rolling the tea leaves (by hand!) after the scenting, bringing each picking unit, i. e. one bud plus 1-2 leaves in an even, near-geometrical ball shape. At this, the buds portion arising from the picking standard becomes visible as a sharply delimited, curved white or bright yellow stripe on the surface of each ‘pearl’.
The lovely sweet scent exuded by the dry ‘Dragon Pearls’ already hints at both the fragrance and the taste of the ready prepared tea. However, the high quality of the basis green tea gives the latter additional depth and a sheer wealth of subtle notes and flavor facets. Spring Imperial Dragon Pearls Jasmine Tea will produce distinct infusions Over 2-3 infusions. Ever new taste profiles appear across several infusions, with the jasmine flower prevailing at times and the pure buds white tea at others. At this, Spring Imperial Dragon Pearls Jasmine Tea always remains sensual, elegant and unobtrusive, making it the perfect tea for very special moments or events. As with your guests – whether private or business, whether tea-savvy or not – this tea is a reliable guarantor for a lasting fair impression.
In orientation on the used high quality basis tea, we widely follow our standard recommendation for the preparing Chinese green teas with our preparation recommendation for this local Jasmine Tea specialty:
Pour 250-350ml water of a temperature around 80°C over 4-5g Spring Imperial Dragon Pearls Jasmine Tea and let infuse for 2 minutes. Adding another minute for each subsequent infusion, this special Jasmine tea will produce 2-3 delicious infusions with individual taste profiles.