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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 30, 2018
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 type of flower tea, combining jasmine blossoms with pure Dian Hong black tea. The dried jasmine is added to the tea during the same process used to create the dragon ball shape, and the fragrance of the jasmine comes out in the first steep; unlike other types of jasmine tea, this one is not scented with the flowers, but only combined. With further steeps, the heavier flavor of the jasmine comes out, and because the tea leaves are taken from ancient tea trees, the taste is already stronger than normal Dian Hong black teas.
We also offer Rose Dragon Ball Black Tea and 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 leaves for this tea come from the Jiu Tai Po tea garden in Pu’er City, at a peak elevation of just above 2000 meters. This tea garden is surrounded by a variety of other ecological tea plantations, such as the Taidi Cha (plantation tea) growing area, and old and ancient tea tree reservations. The latter two of these are located at a relatively higher elevation in Jiu Tai Po tea garden, thick with forests.
This garden is located at an altitude where no cars can pass nearby, so it must be accessed by climbing the mountain on foot; this means that the tea is growing in a natural environment here, without human intervention. Poultry manure is considered one of the best plant fertilizers up here, and it is used abundantly.
In recent years, Jiu Tai Po tea garden has begun to grow Taidi Cha, which come from the Jinggu Dabai Cha varietal. The leaves from Daiba Cha are more expensive than those from older tea trees, so you don’t need to worry about buying a half-fake tea mixed with Taidi Cha and old tree leaves.
With more than thirty years of experience in making tea, Mr. Yang, as well as the over farmers of Huidi village, make their living by selling tea. Mr. Yang was the first to produce dragon ball black teas with fresh flowers, and when we asked him about this, he told us, “There is already a very special blend of pu-erh with rose and chrysanthemums, which is where I got the idea for doing the same thing with black teas.” After this, he started his experiments to do so, and eventually found that Dian Hong black tea is perfect for rolling into the larger dragon ball tea.
Following this success, he began to challenge himself in making other types of dragon ball teas, many of which include other kinds of flowers. Some of these include rose, chamomile, jasmine, and forget-me-not dragon ball black tea. This ancient tree dragon ball pu-erh tea is the result of one of his experiments using pure tea leaves, another of which is Moonlight Beauty dragon ball white tea.
Pu’er City, formerly called Simao, is a prefecture-level city in the southern Yunnan province. The elevation here ranges between about 300 and 3400 meters above sea level, and the area has a vast range of ancient tea trees. This city was identified as the hometown of pu-erh tea, and is well-known as the ‘birthplace of tea’ in general, and the heartland for tea trees in the world. It has a rich variety of resources, which can generally be divided into three types: original wild ancient tea trees, and wild tree populations; transitive-type ancient trees; and cultivation-type ancient trees.
These trees grow in high altitudes among ancient forests, and all of the region’s natural ecosystems have been well-protected to ensure quality. According to the 2007 satellite survey results, these old tree resources cover more than 100mu in Pu’er City.
Hengxian - Jasmine
As the largest and most productive jasmine growing area in China, Heng County has been honored by China’s State Forest Administration and the China Flower Association as “the hometown of Chinese jasmine”. Under the tropical monsoon climate of South Asia, Heng County here in Guangxi receives sufficient sunshine and rainfall as well as a long summer and mild winter, all of which prove favorable to the growth of jasmine.
Our Jasmine Dragon Ball Black Tea is made from Yunnan large-leaf old tea trees between the ages of 50 and 300 years old; trees older than this are referred to as ancient tea trees.
Old trees have long roots piercing deep into the ground, and are mostly found in favorable mountain ecosystem conditions; this means that the damage caused by diseases and insects is reduced, and teas grown here are more likely to be regarded as natural teas due to the lack of pruning or manual management needed. This is why the output is lower than Taidi Cha.
These trees tend to have an exuberant metabolism, producing a large concentration of amino acids, protein, and tea polyphenols through a series of chemical reactions. Although tea from younger trees still has a mellow, fresh taste, they can have a weaker aftertaste than tea from these old trees.