What is Jasmine Dragon Pearl tea?
A higher quality Chinese jasmine green tea usually takes the shape of jasmine scented hand rolled ‘pearls’, each consisting of two young leaves and an unopened bud. These pearls unfurl in your cup, releasing the combined aromas of green tea and sweet jasmine. The tea leaves themselves have characteristic silver tips and are picked when young for a soft, subtle flavor.
The legend of the Dragon Pearl
As per Chinese mythology, a young girl from a village near Fuzhou, Fujian Province, sought the help of a mystical dragon in curing her seriously ailing brother. The dragon is believed to have soared high up into the sky and developed a beautiful pearl on his chest. A droplet of water fell from this pearl and gave rise to a tea bush. The girl tended to this miraculous bush, picked its leaves, dried them with jasmine flowers, and shaped them into ‘dragon pearls’. Tea brewed from these pearls cured her brother and originated the tradition of drinking Jasmine green tea throughout the region.
The fruit of labor is the sweetest
Traditionally, real jasmine blossoms are added to green tea while tea leaves are still drying and easily absorb the lavor of natural flowers. After a few hours, the jasmine flowers are removed and replaced with fresh ones. The process might be repeated up to 7 times. Then, the tea leaves are rolled into tiny balls, preserving the scents inside. The process is laborious and time consuming, but the result is definitely worth it. Delicate jasmine flowers do not possess the strength of industrial flavorings and essential oils. The idea is that floral component should not dominate, but rather subtly complement the vegetal green tea flavor in your cup.
Jasmine green tea: tasting notes
Jasmine green tea makes a pale yellow infusion, balancing a strong, bold aroma with a crisp jasmine scent. “Sweet and floral tasting, with no bitterness”, this tea easily makes its way to the average green tea drinkers favorites list. It has a lingering aftertaste, and leaves you with “the presence of jasmine in the back of the throat”. The subtle, sweet floral tones make this a “delightful summer tea”, refreshing, sweet, tremendously fragrant.
Authentic Jasmine green tea will have a flowery taste, in addition to its floral smell. Lower quality commercially scented floral teas may be flavored with variety of essential oils, natural and artificial flavorings. The real thing will always be more subtle and delicate.
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An age old tradition handed down from generation to generation, our imperial jasmine dragon pearls are the best you can buy. Crafted in Fujian province in china, organically grown aromatic night blooming jasmine flowers are layered between fresh young green tea leaves and buds eight to ten times ...
This green tea from China flavoured with jasmine is a true classic flavoured green tea that never goes out of style. Green China tea scented with jasmine blossoms
A smooth, rare green tea from China, this Jasmine Downy Pearls green tea is made from the finest silver tips of tender young buds. The Jasmine Downy Pearls tea is gently steamed after plucking, and hand-rolled into elegant pearls. During jasmine season, freshly picked blossoms are blended with the ...
Organic green tea, jasmine flowers. Organic Spring Jasmine green tea is made of smooth Chinese loose leaf green tea leaves naturally scented by layers of Arabian jasmine buds. With an intoxicating aroma and a piquant yet rounded cup, Organic Spring Jasmine green tea in a silken tea pouch is our ...
Our unrivaled Yin Hao Jasmine tea is the result of superior ingredients and exceptional artistry. Fresh jasmine buds are used to scent spring harvest green tea leaves five times and give Yin Hao Jasmine tea the flavor of delicate nectar.
While we love “regular” jasmine tea, our Jasmine Pearls take the jasmine experience to another level that is more elegantly complex. In fact, there is so much effort that goes into each of these little tea pearls that people often think we are crazy. First, we only use the two leaves and a bud of ...
Premium loose leaf jasmine pearls Origin: China. This is a very high grade green tea from China's Fujian region. The tea leaves are hand-picked in the spring, lightly scented with fresh jasmine petals, and expertly shaped into 'pearls'. It brews into a heavenly tea with a gorgeous aroma. The leaves ...
Jasmine Yin Hao (meaning 'Silver Tip') is a deeply perfumy green tea from the Fujian province of China. Very layered and lingering floral aroma. Soft, full-bodied and sweet flavor with a slight dryness in the finish. Our Jasmine Yin Hao grade is among the highest for green jasmine teas. This ...
Jasmine Phoenix Pearls are perfumy, hand-rolled jewels of tea from Fuding, in Fujian province, China. Any fan of jasmine tea should try this specially crafted wonder. When added to hot water, Jasmine Phoenix Pearls majestically unfurl, releasing their delicate scent and flavor. Also known as ...
Organic Jasmine Scented Green Tea. Dating back over 1000 years, the traditional tea scenting techniques are still used to make this special tea. Aromatic organic jasmine blossoms are used for scenting the most tender organic green tea leaves and buds then hand rolled into small pearls. This ...
Organic green tea, jasmine flowers. Organic Spring Jasmine is made of smooth China green tea leaves naturally scented by layers of Arabian jasmine buds. With an intoxicating aroma and a piquant yet rounded cup, Organic Spring Jasmine is our twist on a Chinese classic.
Green tea, jasmine flowers. Smooth green tea from China, Jasmine Downy Pearls green tea is made from the finest silver tips of tender young buds, gently steamed after plucking, and hand-rolled into elegant pearls. During jasmine season, freshly picked blossoms are blended with the downy leaf ...