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Since the flowered dragon ball black tea are loved by many customers for its cute and small appearance, TeaVivre has specially selected other two types of dragon ball white tea, and the Chrysanthemum Dragon Ball White Tea is one of them. Although they come from the same tea garden with dragon ball black teas, but their tea bushes are different. The original tea bush of Dragon ball white teas is Jinggu Dabai Cha. One bud with one leaf standard of tea leaves are rolled into ball-like shape with Yunnan Chrysanthemum. After brewing, the aroma of this tea is very pleasant and taste is sweet and smooth. Every steep will have slightly difference in their aroma and flavor. For instance, the Chrysanthemum taste is prominent in the first three steeps. After the third steep, the sweet taste of white tea will show out and just like the honey. When the tea ball slightly opens, the fruity taste will become stronger, and when the tea ball completely opens, the taste of tea leaves will quickly release out. If we don’t pour out the liquid in time, the taste will become strong and bitter. Of course, all these feelings come from Gaiwan brewing method. In addition, this tea can brew all day if we brew it with tea cup.
Combining with Dragon Ball White tea, chrysanthemum not only create a richer taste and fragrance, but also contribute to the health effects.
Moonlight White: This name comes from a special tea making procedure. Generally, the upper surface of the tea leaves treated with this procedure appear to be black while the reverse side looks white, especially the buds, they appear as white as moonlight.
Legend says this tea was originally harvested by the local beautiful young girls at night and the whole processing procedure exposes minimum to the sun sight. So, the locals named it Moonlight beauty tea..
The fresh tea leaves for producing Chrysanthemum Dragon Ball White Tea come from Jiu Tai Po tea garden, which is located in pu’er city with the highest elevation reaches at 2016 meters. This tea garden is shrouded by a variety of ecological tea plantations, such as Taidi cha (plantation tea) growing area, old tea tree and ancient tea tree growing areas. Among them, the old tea tree and ancient tea tree growing area are located on a relatively higher elevation in Jiu Tai Po tea garden, covered with original forests.
The position where the tea garden located is in a high altitude that makes no cars could pass but to climb the mountain on foot. Tea from old and ancient tea trees growing in a natural environment without human intervention. Therefore, the poultry manure is considered to be one of the best plant fertilizers out there.
In recent years, Jiu Tai Po tea garden has begun to grow Taidi cha. Basically, all of these Taidi tea plants come from Jinggu Dabai Cha. There, leaves from Daiba Cha are more expensive than old tea trees, so you don't need to worry about buying a half-fake tea that mixed with Taidi cha and old tea trees.
With more than 30 years of processing tea, Mr. Yang, as well as other tea farmers in Huidui village, are living by selling teas, which is the only thing they count on to support their lives.
When we talked with Mr. Yang about why he had the idea to make flower dragon ball tea, Mr. Yang said: “Our former tea maters have already created a very special blend of Pu-erh Mini Tuo Cha with Rose and Chrysanthemums. That’s why the idea of making dragon ball black tea with flower flooded into my mind.” After that, Mr. Yang started his experiments to make dragon ball black tea with flower. With multiple experiments, he found Dian Hong Black tea is not proper to roll into a small shape as Mini Tuo Cha, but perfect for making into bigger dragon balls by the processing method of rolling. By using this method, it presented the best shape and appearance of the Black Tea that could be.
After succeeded in producing dragon ball black tea with fresh flowers, Mr. Yang began to challenge himself by making other types of dragon ball teas. So far, lots of new type flower dragon ball black teas have been successfully made, which includes: Rose, Chamomile, Jasmine and Forget-me-not dragon ball black tea. Moreover, Mr. Yang made another attempt to dragon balls with pure tea material, they are: Ancient Dragon Ball Pu-erh Tea and Moonlight Beauty Dragon Ball White Tea.
Jinggu, located in Pu'er City, Yunnan, is the birthplace of Jinggu Dabai Cha. The highest altitude here is 2,920 meters, while the lowest is 600 meters. Its annual rainfall reaches 1,354 mm and the average annual sunshine hours are over 2065.3 hours. This place is typified by high mountains and deep valleys with different elevation ranges, that's why it was regarded as a very suitable place for growing different types of tea species. Except Dabai Cha, Jingju is also famous for other items, which includes: rosin, "Xiangya" mango, Yangta (秧塔) White Tea, and fragrant sticky rice as well.
Jinggu Dabai cha belongs to arbor tea tree that comes from Mt. Kuzhu (苦竹: kǔ zhú) in Jinggu County. These particular tea plants are widely growing in local, naturally they can reach up to 4 – 5 meters with obvious trunks and sparse branches. Dabai cha is characterized by large and soft tea leaves, plump, fuzzy white buds with green color.
Spring tea, picked in one tea bud with two leaves, is in high level of soluble compounds. It contains 3.8% Amino Acids, 29.9% Polyphenols, 5.2% Caffeine, 15.3% Catechin and 46.7% water extraction as well. Therefore, it has a rich flavor in taste and leaves a sweet aftertaste in mouth and throat. Tea made from Jinggu Dabai cha is well-presented the special features of Yunnan large-leaf, which is also a good material to make high quality Pu-erh teas.
There was a beautiful legend connected to this tea in Bulang culture. Long long ago, there was a beautiful young Dai (the Dai nationality) princess living in Xishuangbanna. This kind-hearted princess has a beautiful name - Seven Princess. She was later married to a handsome young Bulang man for the friendly relations between the Dai nationality and the Bulang nationality. Seven Princess is not only beautiful but also intelligent. With her help, the Bulang people quickly learned how to plough and sow and make teas. Just because of this, she has been honored as the tea goodness of Bulang people. Later, in honor of her, moonlight beauty tea has been chosen as the tribute tea since people thought that this tea is the embodiment of Seven Princess’ wisdom and beauty.
Bulang people: The Bulang people have lived in Bulang Mountians for many generations .The Bulang nationality is traditionally associated with tea planting and the ancestors of Bulang people are thought to be the earliest tea growers and makers.
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I may have infused this chrysanthemum dragon ball white tea for too long, but, at the first infusion, it tasted like raw pu’erh, which is not bad at all, just surprizing. For comparison, the raw pu’erh taste came with the last infusions with the moonlight dragon ball white tea. It is slightly sweet. The wet leaves smell like artichoke. I really like this one! (I know, it doesn’t really help anyone when we say that, does it?!) The chrysanthemum became apparent at the second infusion; so does the artichoke taste. Although, I have to admit I didn’t really follow the suggested parameters for this specific tea. I may have infused about 60s each time for the first 3 infusions. I ordered several white tea samples at the same time in order to find my favorite. Though job: I like them all! I had this one on a Monday morning, after a 2miles run, before my shower… I just didn’t feel like doing anything else but drinking tea! Too bad I can’t just drink tea all day and get paid for it! Despite the fact that the Moonlight Dragon Ball White Tea, the Chrysanthemum Dragon Ball White Tea and the Lily Dragon Ball White Tea come from the same material (Jinggu Dabai), were picked at the same time (April 2016), in the same region (Jinggu County) and in the same tea garden (Jiu Tai Po), I found a lot of differences between those three teas. Very interesting. I will need to order this one again and follow the suggested parameters, in case there is a variation in the tasting experience. Not a problem!
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