|Country of Origin:
||Fujian Province - Wuyi district
||1500 feet above sea level
||Steamed green tea and hand rolled
||Smooth with delicate and pleasing flavor with some
strength and body.
||Pale green liquor.
Dragon Pearls are a
green tea and are made from the top two leaves and the bud of new season growth
(Late March /early April). These delicate leaves are then hand rolled into the
small pearls. When you infuse these pearls in your tea cup, you will see the top
two leaves and the bud come to life. In fact you will see some small ‘hairy
down’ on the bud of the leaves - this denotes superb quality and very careful
and delicate handling.
flavour of these Dragon Pearls is due to the time of plucking and manufacture.
The new season starts in China in late March/early April (dependent on weather
patterns) and it is during the first 4 weeks that the best teas are
manufactured. After this initial period the quality of the teas and green leaf
start to deteriorate rapidly and the teas become quite plain. Dragon Pearls are
only made from tea plucked in the first 3 weeks of the new season.
Tea aficionados know that Chinese green teas such
as Dragon Pearls are among the finest green teas produced. Clear and rich,
they often have substantial body and pungency that belie their pale liquors. The
aroma is sweet and floral, or like spring meadows or cool forests - after all,
green teas are only steamed before drying and it is not surprising that good
China greens such as this posses an ethereal but appetizing vegetative fragrance
Hot tea brewing
method: When preparing by the cup, this
tea can be used repeatedly - about 3 times. The secret is to use water that is
about 180’F or 80’C. Place 6-8 pearls in your cup, let the tea steep for
about 3 minutes and then begin enjoying a cup of enchantment - do not remove the
leaves from the cup. Once the water level is low - add more water, and so on and
so on - until the flavor of the tea is exhausted. Look at the pattern of the
leaves in the brew, not only do they foretell your fortune but you can see the
bud and shoots presenting themselves, looking like they are about to be plucked.
with all top quality teas, scoop 2-4 teaspoons of tea into the teapot, pour in
boiling water that has been freshly drawn (previously boiled water has lost most
of its oxygen and therefore tends to be flat tasting), steep for 2-4 minutes (to
taste), stir (virtually all the leaves will sink), pour into your cup but do not
add milk or sugar since green tea is enjoyed ‘straight-up’.
Iced tea brewing method: (to make 1
liter/quart) : Place 6 teaspoons of tea into a teapot or heat resistant
pitcher. Pour 1 1/4 cups of freshly boiled water over the tea. Steep for 5
minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the tea into your
serving pitcher straining the leaves. Add ice and top up the pitcher with
cold water. Garnish and sweeten to taste. [A rule of thumb when preparing fresh
brewed iced tea is to double the strength of hot tea since it will be poured
over ice and diluted with cold water.]