$21.50 – $181.52
Country of Origin: China
Region: Fujian Province
Grade: Tea pearls with delicate jasmine scent
Altitude: 450-1470 metres above sea level
Manufacture Type: Steamed green tea and hand rolled
Cup Characteristics: Smooth with delicate and pleasing flavor and a heavenly jasmine character.
Infusion: Pale green liquor
Ingredients: Green tea, and Jasmine petals.
Description: 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 delicate handling.
The extraordinary flavour of these 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 (depending 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: Traditional method: When preparing by the cup, this tea can be used repeatedly – about 3 times. The secret is to use water that is about 82°C. Place 3 to 4 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.
Adding milk and sugar is not recommended. 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.
Modern Method: Bring fresh cold water to a rolling boil. Place 3 to 4 pearls of loose tea for each 200-260ml of fluid volume in the teapot. Pour the boiling water into the teapot. Cover and let steep for 3-7 minutes according to taste (the longer the steeping time the stronger the tea). Adding milk or sugar is not recommended.
Note: Traditionally, the recommendation has been that green tea be brewed at 82°C. Regretfully, modern society makes it necessary to consider that water may not be free of harmful bacteria and other impurities. Therefore you need to boil water to kill bacteria. If you wish to use traditional brewing temperatures bring the water to a boil and allow it to cool to the desired brewing temperature – it’s the food safe thing to do!
Iced tea brewing method (Pitcher): (to make 1 litre): Place 6 to 8 pearls of loose tea into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Using fresh cold water, boil and pour 1¼ cups/315ml over the tea. Steep for 5 minutes.
Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the tea into your serving pitcher straining the tea. Add ice and top-up the pitcher with cold water. A rule of thumb when preparing fresh brewed iced tea is to increase the strength of hot tea since it will be poured over ice and diluted with cold water.
(Note: Some premium quality teas may turn cloudy when poured over ice. This is a sign of quality and nothing to worry about!)
Iced tea brewing method (Individual Serving): Place 3 to 4 pearls of loose tea into a teapot for each serving required. Using fresh cold water, boil and pour 170-200ml per
serving over the tea. Cover and let steep for 5 minutes.
Add hot tea to a 375ml acrylic glass filled with ice, straining the tea. Not all of the tea will fit, allowing for approximately an additional ½ serving. A rule of thumb when preparing fresh brewed iced tea is to increase the strength of hot tea since it will be poured over ice and diluted. (Note: Some premium quality teas may turn cloudy when poured over ice. This is a sign of quality and nothing to worry about!)
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