Fujian Jasmine Pearl Tea (ounce)
This is a rare, hand-rolled green tea from the Fujian province of China, infused with the delicate scent of night-blooming jasmine flowers. Our Fujian Jasmine Pearls are made from the top 2 leaves and the bud of new season growth which occurs between late March and early April. The outstanding flavor of this tea is due the time of the plucking, the intensive manufacturing process and the use of fresh spring time jasmine blooms. China’s new tea season begins between late March and early April (this varies each year depending on the season’s weather patterns) and it’s during the first 4 weeks of the season that the best teas are plucked. After this initial 4 week period the quality of the tea begins to deteriorate quickly leaving a less flavorful tea. Our Fujian Jasmine Pearls are made from tea that is plucked in the first 3 weeks of the new season. During this same period jasmine bushes are also in their spring bloom. Only the most fragrant jasmine blossoms, from bushes known to produce the most fragrant flowers, are used. When we first tested this tea we were immediately drawn to the fresh aroma of these exceptional pearls. While these are not the largest or most tightly rolled pearls we’ve seen they do provide a rich complexity to a cup of tea and these will be a joy to both tea connoisseurs and jasmine lovers. The northern Fujian province "tea mountains" are home to the da bai tea bush (also known as fuding big white). This bush is known for it soft, downy buds that are plucked in early spring to make green tea and are then hand-rolled into "pearls." Our Jasmine pearls are processed like most Chinese style green teas. The freshly plucked bud and leaf complexes are allowed to wilt slightly which to make them less brittle after harvesting. They are then fired in a relatively low temperature oven for a brief period to halt the oxidizing enzymes that would turn the leaves brown if left to proceed. At this stage the leaves are formed by hand into their distinctive pearl shapes before moving on to the formal drying and scenting process. The fresh jasmine blossoms are picked at night when they are fully open and are at their most fragrant. They are then placed on the tea for up to 12 hours to infuse the pearls with their signature scent. This infusion process is repeated up to ten times. Our Jasmine Pearls are scented naturally with fresh jasmine flowers and not from the use of artificial oils or flavorings. While naturally scented Jasmine tea is much more labor intensive to produce a serious tea drinker will be able to tell the difference. Jasmine is indigenous to Iran and many believe the flower was first bought to China more than 1700 years ago along the Silk Road route during the Tang Dynasty. Tea historians believe the scenting of tea with jasmine began in the Southern Song Dynasty (1127 - 1279) and by the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644) the formal technique had been recorded in books. When you infuse these pearls in your cup, you’ll see the top two leaves and the bud come to life. You may also see some small "hairy down" on the bud of the leaves, this signifies superb quality and is achieved with careful and delicate handling during the plucking and processing of the tea. The flavor profile of our Fujian Jasmine Pearls is smooth, pleasing and delicate with a subtle but distinctive aroma of jasmine. The liquor tends to be a bright emerald green to clear honey color. Low caffeine. High in antioxidants. Steep our Jasmine tea for 1-3 minutes at 180°.
1 oz of tea produces approximately 24 cups.