Jasmine Silver Tips
Tea leaves are long known to have the remarkable capacity to absorb and preserve the scent of flowers that would otherwise disappear. However, the process of scenting tea leaves is laborious and long-developed; it began in the Southern Song Dynasty more than 1000 years ago. It requires a careful understanding of the ratio of flower to tea, and several rounds of infusions to achieve a lasting transfer of the flower's otherwise fleeting scent.
For this Jasmine Silver Tips, the fresh green tea buds are made into tea in April, and set aside to await the blossoming of the jasmine flowers in July. The fresh jasmine flowers were harvested in late July, and the scenting process lasted for 2 weeks. Traditionally, scenting is done in small batches: tiny jasmine blossoms are scattered with the tea leaves on bamboo mats and left overnight, where the tea leaves gradually absorb the delicate night-aromas of the blossoms. The next morning, craftsmen separate the jasmine flowers from the tea leaves, and the tea is baked over charcoal for a few hours. This Jasmine Silver Tips received 6 traditional rounds of scenting.
What a luxury, to have such freshly scented tea. The dry leaves reanimate into lively, sage green spindles as soon as the water hits them. The jasmine has left them with a powdery, haunting scent – the green tea is prominent, and the aftertaste is incredibly sweet - the combination of the lingering floral scent and the sweetness makes us think this tea is truly experienced in the impression it leaves after we’ve swallowed it.
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|Steep time||15 - 120 sec|
|No. of infusions||6|