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Imperial Jasmine Pearls - Spring, 2016
Weight: 50g (1.76 oz)
Imperial Jasmine Pearls is a Spring harvest, 2016 green tea which has been hand-rolled into its distinctive pearl shape and naturally scented with fresh jasmine flowers. The base tea has been plucked to an extremely high standard and is comprised primarily of tender, young buds with the occasional bud and single leaf complex mixed in. When infused, the tea flavor is mild and sweet, which harmonizes perfectly with the balanced, not-overpowering aroma of fresh jasmine flowers.
Imperial Jasmine pearls are processed like a typical Chinese-style green tea. Freshly harvested buds are allowed to wither or wilt slightly to make them less brittle after plucking. Then they are briefly fired in an oven or tossed in a relatively low temperature wok to kill the oxidizing enzymes that would turn the leaves brown if left unchecked. At this point, the leaves were formed by hand into these distinctive pearl shapes before the drying and scenting process.
Our Imperial Jasmine Pearls are scented naturally with fresh jasmine flowers, without the use of artificial flavorings or oils. Naturally scented Jasmine tea is labor intensive and relatively difficult to produce, and the way one producer put it to me was: "you really have to want to produce natural Jasmine tea." What he was getting at was the fact that it is much less time and labor intensive to just toss green tea with scented oils and chemicals to produce a "jasmine flavored" tea instead of a
The scenting process involves multiple drying and scenting steps to produce the finished product. First, the tea leaves are placed into a low temperature oven to reduce their residual moisture content. Then, fresh jasmine flowers are packed in with the dry tea leaves. Since dry tea readily absorbs both moisture and aroma from its environment, the tea leaves absorb the fragrant "juice" from the flowers, scenting the tea leaves with the distinctive aroma of the jasmine flowers. The drying and scenting process is repeated as many as eight to ten times until the desired level of jasmine aroma has accumulated in the tea leaves.
The end result of all this work to process and scent these Imperial Jasmine Pearls is really lovely. When steeped, the tea pearls unfurl into near perfect buds interspersed with the occasional dry jasmine flower. The liquor is a crystal clear honey color with a distinctive but not overpowering aroma of jasmine.
Leaf: ±3 g (1-1½ tsp, approx 30 pearls) per cup
Time: 3-4 Min
Use approximately 7 grams (2.5-3 tsp; ±70 pearls) of leaf in a 150 ml gaiwan, water at about 175-180°F, and a series of short steepings. Start with about 20 seconds for the first steep, and gradually increase the steeping time over a series of up to about 6 infusions.
Of course, please adjust the amount of leaf, steeping time, and/or water temperature according to your taste.
Harvest: Spring, 2016
Hand Crafted Green Tea Naturally scented with fresh Jasmine Flowers
Weight: 50g (1.76 oz)
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