Dragon Phoenix Jasmine Pearls
Jasmine tea is green tea scented with the aroma of jasmine blossoms. Tea leaves are harvested in the early spring and stored until the late summer when fresh jasmine flowers are in bloom. Jasmine flowers are picked early in the day when the small petals are tightly closed. The flowers are kept cool until nightfall. During the night, jasmine flowers open, releasing their fragrance. This is when the tea scenting takes place. The tea is blended with jasmine flowers and stored overnight It takes over four hours for the tea to absorb the fragrance and flavor of the jasmine blossoms. The scenting process may be repeated as many as six or seven times for top grades such as Yin Hao. The leaves are then tightly rolled in ball shapes. When placed in hot water they open up. It is recommended that glass tea ware be used when preparing Jasmine Pearl tea because the opening of the pearls (balls) is visually esthetic. Use 3 grams tea in 10 ounces water and steep for 3 minutes at 160F. Several infusions are possible.