The most popular of all scented teas. This stunning tea has an intense flavour and the beautiful aroma of jasmine. Dragon pearl are created by rolling specially plucked long downy shoots into little silvery "pearls" which are naturally scented multiple times with fresh, aromatic jasmine flowers.
It is named after the pearl like shape of the tea. Each small pearl is hand rolled. The tea is made by laying fresh jasmine petals atop the tea leaves, then tea leaves atop more petals, and so on. Up to six layers of blossoms alternating with tea leaves are used to create the highest-quality jasmines, using flowers picked at their aromatic peak. When the jasmine scent is fully merged with the leaves, the petals are removed, and the tea carefully dried again.
History of the Jasmine Flower and Scented Tea
The Jasmine flower originated from Iran (formerly known as Persia). It has been planted in China mainland for more than 1700 years; it is said that this flower was brought to China during Tang Dynasty through the Silk Road. In the very early stages, it was only served for decorative purposes.
The history of making flower tea using jasmine started during the South-Song Dynasty (Nan-Song, at around 1240) at Guangdong province. During Ming Dynasty (Ming-dai), the technique of scenting tea with jasmine had been well-developed. Details of the scenting process had been recorded, including selection of raw material, quantity of flower used, number of scenting process, drying, etc.
The commercial mass production of Jasmine tea emerged during the Qing Dynasty, at Fuzhou of Fujian province. In year 1900, the production of jasmine flowers at Fuzhou reached 1,500 tones.
During its most flourishing period (1928-1938), the quantity of jasmine tea being produced was more than 7,500 tones per year. By the end of the 19th century, the foreign traders started to set-up tea shops at Fuzhou, and jasmine tea had became one of the trading items to overseas.
The increased popularity of jasmine tea gave impetus to the massive production from the Southern part spread to the Northern and East, i.e.,Zhejiang, Jiangsu, Sichuan, Hunan, Guangxi and Yunnan Province. However, at Jiangsu, Zhejiang and other northern provinces, the jasmine flower could not survive under the cold weather during winter; the flowers were planted in pots and needed to be transfered indoors to a warmer temperature. This increased the cost of production and impeded the immense development at Jiangsu and other provinces located at the north. Other than mainland China, the fragrance of jasmine had even drawn the attention of tea merchants in Taiwan. As early as year 1873, they started to ship tea leaves to Fuzhou at Fujian Province to process into jasmine tea.
Later, in year 1882, Taiwan tea merchants brought back the jasmine seeds and cultivated it in their island: they started to produce jasmine tea on their own. Until year 1939, the yield of Taiwanese jasmine flowers reached 1300 tones per annum.
However, due to the influence of sea-island climate, the fragrance of jasmine flower gives a less refreshing note as compared to the one produced in China.
Since year 1980, the state government of Guangxi Province made the utmost effort to develop the production of jasmine flowers.
At the same time, the Commercial Department appointed Heng County (Heng-xian) at Guangxi as the new base for the production of jasmine flowers.
This has promoted the enormous development, and today, Guangxi has the widest and renowned jasmine garden, and the largest jasmine tea processing area is located at Heng County in Guangxi Province.
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|Other Names||Mo Li Long Zhu, Dragon Phoenix Pearl, Dragon Pearl|
|Growing Area||Heng Xian,Guangxi Province, China|
|Processing Technique||Static scenting(4 Times)→Sifting-out the flowers→Baking the tea leaf.|
|Appearance||Tightly rolled into round shape. Each pearls streaked with silvery white downy buds. It is weighty and solid.|
|Aroma||Strong jasmine flower fragrance.|
|Liquor||Clear, luster and bright yellow color.|
|Tasting Notes||Mellow, smooth in mouth. Sweet after-taste. Refreshing jasmine flower fragrance in the air.|
|Teaware||Gaiwan(Covered Bowl), Glass Pot, Glass(Tumbler), Piao Yi Tea Maker, Porcelain Cup|
|Steeping Instructions||Warm the teapot(Gaiwan)→Add tea leaves→Moisturize and wash the leaves with hot water then pour out the liquid immediately→Add hot water and steep for 20-30 secs for the first infusions.Gradually extend the steeping time for the next infusions.|
|Storage||Seal tightly, store in a cool, dry place away from sunlight and odour.|
|Country of Manufacture||China|
|Packing & Weight||50g~500g/bag. Default packing with aluminium coated kraft paper bag.|
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