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This elegant and aromatic blend has both a calming and revitalising effect when drunk anytime throughout the day. After the first steep set the strained leaves aside to brew later in the day. Read a lot more about this stunning tea below.
Ingredients: Green tea from China scented with Chinese jasmine.
A little more about this tea ...
The calming and nurturing nature of this tea embraces you each time you open the packet and the floral scent of the jasmine wafts over you. Even if you don't have time to brew a cup just stop and inhale deeply from the open packet to get a sense of the calm this tea can give you (if you are not a jasmine or floral fan this may not be the best fit for you).
We admire the enormous amount of skill and craftsmanship evident in these hand rolled individual pearls. To craft this tea, leaf and bud are hand rolled into pearl sized balls. Once rolled the tea is wrapped in silk mesh and dried by fire to set the form. The tea is then held until August/September when the finest jasmine blossoms are in bloom. The jasmine flowers are picked before noon and set aside until evening when the petals begin to open in the cool air. Once open the marrying of the scent from the double petalled jasmine flower to the tea happens. This process perfectly illustrates the hygroscopic nature of tea as the leaf absorbs the beautiful jasmine fragrance. Our jasmine pearls have five applications of fresh jasmine flowers. After each scenting the flowers are removed and replaced with new flowers.
The perfect way to brew this tea is using water below boiling, steeped for no more than 3 minutes and then pouring all the liquor off the leaf with each brew. Set the leaves aside and then top up the pot with more water throughout the same day until the pearls are fully unfurled and all the flavour is exhausted (the two slender tea leaves will be very evident at this point and you will marvel how much tea is in each pearl). Depending on how strong you like your tea you will likely get three steeps from your leaves throughout the 24 hour period, leaving them to steep a little longer each time.
You may also have seen this tea referred to as Buddha's Tears.
At Stir we use different coloured umbrellas to help you easily identify the categories of tea and tisanes we offer. Our Green Teas are represented by a Green Umbrella. You can read more about the other umbrella colours we use and their connection to tea leaf here.