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Jasmine Dragon Pearl Green Tea
Premium Grade Whole Leaf Green Tea Pearls

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Jasmine Dragon Pearl Green Tea

Original Chinese Name: Jǐnggǔ Lóng Zhēnzhū Xiāng Chá |  龙珍珠香茶

This is a special kind of green tea, with a method of crafting, unlike most others. After shaping the tea leaves into the pearls, fresh jasmine flower buds are piled atop them to allow them to absorb the characteristic jasmine fragrance. As a result, the tea not only has the taste of delicious green tea, but it carries the irresistible aroma of the flowers as well – and as a result, it is favored by many tea lovers.

 

TEA MASTER'S NOTES

Origin: Jasmine - Hengxian County, Nanning City, Guangxi Province, China
Green Tea - Jinggu County, Puer City, Yunnan Province, China
Harvest Date:

April 30, 2018

Plucking Standard:

One bud with one leaf and one bud with two leaves

Dry Leaf: 

Round and tight, evenly rolled into a pearl, gray-green in color covered with white pekoe

Aroma: 

Jasmine fragrance and freshness of plants

Liquor: 

Yellowish green, a little bright

Taste: 

Strong grassy vegetal notes with floral sweetness, influences salivation

Tea Scenting:

Three times scenting and one time scenting with flowers of richer fragrance

Tea Bush:

Jinggu Da Bai Cha

Tea Garden:

Wen Shan Tea Garden, average altitude is about 1800 meters

Fermentation:

Non-fermented

Caffeine:

Low caffeine (less than 10% of a cup of coffee)

Storage:

Store in airtight, opaque packaging; keep refrigerated

Shelf Life:

36 Months


HIGHLIGHTS

Selection #417 Pearls are made from high mountain Jinggu Dabai Cha leaves, first rolled into the pearl shape and then piled with the jasmine flowers. The scenting is repeated three times over, and then once more with jasmine referred to as “no. 1 flower”, with a stronger, richer scent; the entire process is referred to as “三窨一提”. Jasmine flower tea is generally abundant in Fuzhou, but Dabai Cha jasmine pearls stand out for its stronger tea taste and lasting flavor across infusions. On top of this, the high-mountain environment is ecologically beneficial, so this tea easily passes the strict EU testing requirements.

Upon first opening the package, the influence of the jasmine is readily apparent, lending its characteristic aroma to the pearls. This can also be tasted in the tea itself, smooth and sweet right from the start with a deeper aftertaste that lingers on the tongue and breath. Just as the leaves themselves grow and expand with further infusions, the taste also changes and deepens, eventually taking on a lighter overtone that magnifies the sweetness imparted by the jasmine.

ORIGIN

Jinggu is located in Pu'er City in Yunnan, China, and is the birthplace of Jinggu Dabai Cha. This region's altitude ranges between 600 and 2920 meters, with an average of 1354mm of rainfall and 2065.3 hours of sunshine per year. The area is known for its high mountains and deep valleys of varying elevations, marking it as suitable for growing many different types of tea. Other than Dabai Cha, Jinggu is also renowned for other products such as rosin, Xiangya mango, Yangta white tea, fragrant sticky rice, and others.

Map of Yunnan Province, China

The jasmine used to scent this tea, produced in Guangxi Province in China, has earned nationwide recognition. Hengxian is the important production area, known as "the city of Chinese jasmine" due to its expansive planting area and capability of producing both high-yield and high-quality flowers. Located in the southeastern region of Guangxi, Hengxian covers a total area of 3464 square kilometers.

 Map of Guangxi Province, China

THE ESTATE

The Wen Shan tea garden is located in Jinggu County in Yunnan, at an altitude of 1800 meters. Environmental conditions such as an annual temperature of 20℃, precipitation of 1588mm, and reddish and yellow-brown soil lead to this area being a prime location for planting tea, walnuts, and other crops.

Along with these superior conditions, this garden also houses many two-hundred-year-old ancient tea trees, which are not very big but have many branches. The trunks of these trees are coated with many mosses, further highlighting the excellent environment.

The Wen Shan tea garden located in Jinggu County in Yunnan China 

BOTANY

Jinggu Dabai Cha naturally belongs to an arbor tea tree sourcing from Mt. Kuzhu in Jinggu County. Theses particular plants are locally abundant in the area, and can naturally reach up to five meters tall with thick trunks and sparse branches. Dabai Cha is characterized by its large, soft leaves, and plump fuzzy greenish-white buds.

This tea is picked in spring as one bud and two leaves, and is high in soluble compounds. Because of this it is rich in flavor and leaves a sweet lingering aftertaste in the mouth and throat. Tea made from Jinggu Dabai Cha is fairly representative of the special features of Yunnan large-leaf varieties, often used to make high quality pu-erh.

HISTORY

The history of scented green tea reaches back over a thousand years, to the first known innovation of spices and flowers added to tea during the Chinese Song Dynasty around 960AD.

The Ming Dynasty during the 1500s saw the introduction of the scenting method still used today, where the flowers are added to the tea during processing and prior to drying. However, this type of tea was rare in this time due to the complexity of this type of processing.

Then in the mid-1800s during the Qing Dynasty, production methods were perfected and the number of tea gardens rapidly increased, leading to increased production and cheaper prices. This in turn resulted in scented tea becoming widely popular in China, a status which it still retains today.

BREWING SUGGESTION

cup icon

Cup Method

gongfu cup icon

Chinese Gongfu Method

spoon icon Teacup: 12oz / 355ml spoon icon Gaiwan: 3.8oz / 110ml
thermometer icon 185℉ / 85℃ thermometer icon 185℉ / 85℃
leaf icon 2 Teaspoons / 3g Tea leaf icon 4g Tea
pouring teapot icon Brewing time: 3 - 5 mins pouring teapot icon 10 steeps: rinse, 40s, 40s, 40s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 80s, 100s, 120s, 150s
      Rinse time is around 5 seconds

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