Country of Origin: China
Grade: Yin Hoa grade 1
Altitude: 450m – 1470m Above Sea Level
Manufacture Type: Steamed green tea delicately scented with jasmine
Cup Characteristics: A green tea with surprising body and an intense but captivating floral taste that is not found in any other natural tea.
Infusion: Pale green liquor.
Ingredients: China green tea, Jasmine buds
Description: This jasmine is an exceptionally well made tea. The leaves have a very tight and wiry roll with an overabundance of white mottled tips. The tippy nature of the tea signifies a superior tea. ‘Tip’ is only possible when the estate practices fine plucking and a 3 to 4 day plucking rotation. The mottled effect is from teas that are plucked in the first 2-4 weeks of the new season when the days are warm but the night temperatures are piercingly cool.
Further into the season when the evenings are warm as well, the bush grows 24 hours per day eliminating the possibility of fine plucking. The quality of this exceptional Jasmine evokes adjectives such as complex, subtle and mystery from long unopened jewelry boxes.
New Jasmine blossoms become available about mid May. The new blossoms have the most intense fragrance. After the blossoms are layered between the fine green teas, slightly warmed air is drawn through the layered tea. The delicate fragrance of the blossoms imparts itself on the tea.
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 82ºC.
Place 1 teaspoon 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 flavour 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.
Hot Tea Brewing Method (modern method): Bring fresh cold water to a rolling boil. Place 1 teaspoon 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 and sugar is not recommended.
Alternatively as with all top quality teas, scoop 2-4 teaspoons of tea into the teapot, pour in boiling fresh water (i.e. 90ºC), 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.
Iced Tea Brewing Method: Place 6 teaspoons of tea into a teapot. Pour 1¼ cups of freshly boiled water over the tea. Steep for 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Ppour the tea into your serving pitcher straining the leaves. Add ice and top up the pitcher with cold water. Garnish and sweeten to taste.
(A rule of thumb when preparing brewed iced tea is to double the strength of hot tea since it will be poured over ice and diluted with cold water).
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