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Jasmine Dragon Ball Black Tea
Handmade tiny ball, mellow and thick taste
Handmade tiny ball, mellow and thick taste
Jasmine --- Hengxian, Nanning City, Guangxi Province, China
April 25, 2017
Hand rolled into ball-like shape covered with a few golden tips.
Each ball, with complete jasmine flowers, is roughly 9 grams.
Jasmine and honey scent
Bright orange-red color
With slight jasmine scent, it tastes mellow and smooth with
sweet taste and lingering fragrance in mouth..
Yunnan large-leaf tea species (over 80 years old)
Jiu Tai Po Tea Garden
Less than 40% of a cup of coffee
Store in airtight, opaque packaging; in cool, dry place
A great tea that is well combining both of Dian Hong Black tea with Jasmine flavour, a great choice for flavour tea lover.
This Jasmine Dragon Ball Black Tea is an innovative flowering tea combining the jasmine flowers with Dian Hong Black Tea. Dried jasmine has been added into the tea during the molding process. You will taste its jasmine fragrance while brewing, especially brewing with tea cup, even without the process of tea scenting. The first steep will show both the scent of jasmine and the sweetness of Dian Hong, and the longer you brewing the heavier flavor you will taste. In addition, because the tea leaves come from ancient tea trees, its taste will be heavier than normal Dian Hong black tea. So it may be little difficult for people who is used to drinking Keemun black tea or Min Hong black tea to accept the taste. However, if you are a Dian Hong tea lover, you may fall in love with the unique flavor of ancient tree tea.
Other flavors for you to choose: Rose Dragon Ball Black Tea, Yellow Chrysanthemum Dragon Ball Black Tea.
Chinese Gongfu Method
|Teacup: 12oz / 355ml||Gaiwan: 3.8oz / 110ml|
|194℉ / 90℃||194℉ / 90℃|
|1 piece||1 piece|
|Brewing time: 5 - 8 mins||
9 steeps: Rinse, 25s, 35s, 45s, 55s, 35s, 35s, 35s, 50s, 60s
|Rinse time is around 5 seconds|
The fresh tea leaves for producing Jasmine Dragon Pearl Black 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.
Pu’er City, formerly called Simao, is a prefecture-level city in southern Yunnan province. Elevations range from 317 to 3370 meters with wide-ranging of ancient tea trees. Pu'er city was identified as the hometown of Pu-erh teas, is well-known as the “birthplace of Tea” and the heartland of the origin place of tea trees in the world. Being one of the original places where Pu-erh tea was produced, Pu’er city obtains rich resources of tea varieties. Generally, it can be divided in to three types:
* Original Wild Ancient Tea Trees and Wild Tea Populations
* Transitive Type Ancient Tea Trees
* Cultivation Type Ancient Tea Trees
These tea trees grow in high altitudes covered by large area of primeval forests, and all the natural ecosystems have been well-protected which makes it becomes a very ideal place for an optimal cultivation and natural drainage. According to the 2007 satellite positioning survey results, the old tea tree resources include ancient tea garden and ancient tea tree populations are more than 100 mu in Pu-erh City.
Hengxian - Jasmine
As the biggest jasmine growing area in China, Heng County has been honored by China’s State Forestry Administration (SFA) and China Flower Association as “The hometown of Chinese jasmine”. Being affected by the tropical monsoon climate of South Asia, Heng County in Guangxi has sufficient sunshine and rainfall, long lasting summer and frostless period, less snow days – all these favorable climatic conditions are favorable to the growth of jasmine.
Our Jasmine Dragon Ball Black Tea is made from Yunnan large-leaf species old tea trees. Old tea trees, which refers to the age of trees range between 50-300 years old. While, tea trees over 300 years old are considered as ancient tea trees.
Old tea trees have long roots that go deep into the ground, and mostly they’re grown in favorable mountain ecosystem conditions. Therefore, it can reduce the damage caused by diseases and insects. Teas grown in this area are more likely to be regarded as natural teas, because there’s no pruning or any manual managements involved in. That’s why it has a lower output than Taidi Cha.
The nitrogen contains in old tea trees has exuberant metabolism, which can produce a large amount of amino acids, protein and tea polyhenols through a series of chemical reactions. Compared with old tea trees, although tea from younger tea tree still tastes rather mellow and fresh, it’s a little weak in sweet aftertaste.