Tea Giving: Day 15 (Jasmine Pearls)

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“Come, give us a taste of your quality.” – Shakespeare

Jasmine Dragon Pearls are one of the most famous scented tea in China.

I’ve read conflicting stories about how Jasmine found its way to China. One suggests it originated from Iran and traveled along the Silk Road to China during the Tang Dynasty. And, that scenting green tea with jasmine flowers starting around the Song and Ming Dynasties which is around c. 1240 – 1368. Still another says it arrived in China via India during the Han Dynasty which is c. 206 BC to 220 AD, but did not really catch on until the Qing Dynasty c. 1644 – 1912.

Thats a huge span of time. Regardless of when Jasmine actually found its way to China and they started scenting green tea with doesn’t really matter, does it? The important point is that it exists and that we get to enjoy it.

The best is grown and produced in the Fujian Region but Hunan, Jiangsu, Jiangxi, Guangdong and Zhejiang also produce high qualities versions. (Vietnam also has a rather fantastic version of Jasmine Pearls!)

Tea leaves are typically harvested in early spring, hand rolled into little balls or pearls and then stored until late summer when jasmine flowers bloom. Flowers are picked very early in the morning when the air is still cool and the buds are closed. In the evening the buds open and the flowers release their amazing aroma which scents the green tea. The jasmine flowers are placed in layers with the green tea alternating between tea and flower and stored over night. It takes roughly 4 hours or so for the fragrance and flavor to be absorbed into the green tea leaves. This process is often repeated many times to get the right amount of fragrance and flavor into the tea.

You don’t need too many Pearls to make a fine cup of this tea. And brewing it in glass is highly recommended so that the visual part of watching the leaves unfold adds to the tea drinking experience.

This tea is beloved by many people because it’s simply fantastic. It can be enjoyed hot or as a divine iced tea as well. 

Day 15 of our 25 Days of Tea Giving features Jasmine Dragon Pearls and you can enjoy 25% OFF today. Just use code TEAGIVING15 at checkout on the website!

If you haven’t experienced the flavor of Jasmine Dragon Pearls, today is a good day to give it a try. 

Happy Sipping!
~The Chief Leaf

 

 

 

Tea Giving: Day 15 (Jasmine Pearls)

Tea Kindness #05: Jasmine Pearls

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Jasmine Dragon Pearls

It’s the last tea kindness of the year! And what better way to end then with the revered Green tea:  Jasmine Pearls!

We offered this as part of our 25 Days of Tea last Christmas.  You can read about it here and learn a bit about its flavor profile. There is a lot of research around the healing and wellness properties of green tea and here are just 3 of them for you to ponder:

1. Bioactive compounds and loaded with polyphenols like flavonoids and catechins which work as a powerful antioxidant and help reduce free radicals in the body. Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG), which has been studied to treat various diseases and may be one of the main reasons green tea has such powerful medicinal properties.

2. May improve brain functions due to its caffeine content which is a stimulant. Caffeine works in the brain to block inhibitory neurotransmitters called Adenosine – which helps increase the firing of neurons and the concentration of neurotransmitters like dopamine and norepinephrine. It also contains a powerful amino acid called: L-theanine, which has anti-anxiety effects.

3. May lower risk of certain cancers which are caused by uncontrolled growth of cells. “It is well known that oxidative damage contributes to the development of cancer and that antioxidants can have a protective effect.” Green tea is an excellent source of powerful antioxidants, which may help with:
  • Breast cancer: A meta-analysis of observational studies found that women who drank the most green tea had a 22% lower risk of developing breast cancer, the most common cancer in women.
  • Prostate cancer: One study found that men drinking green tea had a 48% lower risk of developing prostate cancer, which is the most common cancer in men.
  • Colorectal cancer: A study of 69,710 Chinese women found that green tea drinkers had a 57% lower risk of colorectal cancer.

 

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Green Tea Martini. Shaken. Not stirred.

Now that you have some information on Jasmine Dragon Pearls and Green Tea, what better way to end the year then with a wonderful TeaCocktail recipe to ring in 2018! I first tried this delight at a bar in Harvard Square in Cambridge MA and was hooked! I hope you like it too:

Green Tea Martini:

Ingredients:
1/4 cup loose leaf jasmine green tea
3 or 4 ice cubes
1 liter vodka (or gin)
1/8 cup simple syrup
Rimming sugar

Directions:
Add the loose leaf jasmine tea to the bottle of alcohol and shake well. Steep the tea for two hours, before straining the leaves from the infused vodka or gin Meanwhile, chill your martini glasses in the freezer for at least half an hour. Put the ice cubes in a cocktail shaker until two-thirds full, then pour in the infusion and simple syrup (1:1 ratio sugar to water). Shake for about 15 seconds, then strain into the cold martini glasses rimmed with sugar and enjoy!

For our last Random Act of (Tea) Kindness, please enjoy 20% Off our Jasmine Dragon Pearls! This sale ends at 11:59pm on Dec 31st! Please use code: RATKJAS at check out!

This is the last post for 2017! Thank you all for following along!

Happy New Year!
Happy Sipping!
~The Chief Leaf

Tea Kindness #05: Jasmine Pearls

25 Days of Tea: Day 9 (Jasmine Dragon Pearls)

cropped-pearl_blogheader_jaspearls2.jpgJasmine Dragon Pearls are a classic: green tea leaves scented with jasmine flowers and rolled into small balls the size of pearls. At many of our farmers markets, I often over hear people confuse this beauty with the tea that unrolls into a flower. At that point I admit to ease dropping and take the opportunity to explain that what they are talking about are display teas and not Jasmine Dragon Pearls. While it’s true that these go through a similar process during steeping often referred to as the “agony of the leaf” (where the leaves slowly unfurl in water) display teas are often a lessor grade green tea where leaves are sown together with a flower that seems to pop-up or grow as it steeps. Jasmine Dragon Pearls are actually individually rolled leaves that open gently during steeping.

Leaves are harvested in the early spring and stored until summer; waiting for fresh jasmine flowers to come to full bloom sometime around late July. These Jasmine flowers are gently gathered very early in the day when the petals are closed and kept in a cool place until evening when hot summer days wane. That’s when the magic happens. After the jasmine buds relax, they gently open to release their distinct aroma which the tea leaves absorb. This is often done in 1 of 2 ways: alternating the flowers with the tea leaves (like a  lasagna), the other is to just blend the flowers in with the tea leaves. It takes many hours for the tea leaves to absorb the fragrance from the blossoms and is usually repeated many times (as much as 6 or 7 in higher grades.)  The tea leaves are then dried again to remove any moisture it took on during the scenting process.

The next step is truly amazing.

Each one of those scented leaves are then hand-rolled into a little “pearl.” Each and every individual leaf. And… there’s a person (an actual human being) who sits all day long at a table and rolls each tea leaf into a that little round ball.  The first time I saw how this was done I was humbled and it’s why I am so diligent not to waste ANY tea leaf, but especially a Jasmine Dragon Pearl. Someone spends their entire day sitting at a table rolling 1 leaf at a time, so that we can enjoy a gorgeous cup of green tea. Something to remember as we reach for a cup of tea to sooth our less then perfect day: it’s because someone else made it possible. Watch this video made by our friends at QTrade to see the hand rolling of the leaf. In the meantime, here are some notes on this blend:

• Overview:   A classic, jasmine scented Chinese green tea from Fujian Province.
• Dry Leaf:    Plump round balls
• Liquor (liquid):    Brownish yellow-green
• Aroma:   Floral and green
• Flavor notes:    Immediate jasmine floral notes. Green tea is almost secondary at first and then marries on the palate. Faint hint of smoke at the end. If steeped too long, this tea can become astringent and bitter.
• Brewing recommendation:     175° Fº / 2 minutes. (Steep multiple times)
• Caffeine: Yes

If you are interested in giving this classic a try, please visit the Pearl Fine Teas tea shop today and use code: 25TEAS9 at checkout to get 25% of Jasmine Dragon Pearls – today only!

Happy Sipping!
-The Chief Leaf

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25 Days of Tea: Day 9 (Jasmine Dragon Pearls)

What’s the difference between Green tea and Jasmine tea?

That was a question asked of me yesterday when I was at the Interact 2008 2-day conference in Washington DC. I was talking with Rohit Bhargava, one of the speakers, at the happy hour after the event. While its true, that my day job consists of graphic and web design, and the crazy world of advertising… most of my “other” time is spent drinking tea, learning about tea and selling tea. Any chance I get to talk tea is a treat.

So poor Rohit made the mistake of asking me the simple question: “What’s the difference between Jasmine tea and Green tea?” which of course sent me into a “tea-state” where I think I rambled on for a good 5 minutes about it.

It was a good question and one I’ve never been asked before. Basically, jasmine tea is really green or pouchong tea scented with jasmine flowers. The jasmine flowers are harvested during the day and stored in a cool place until night. When, the flowers bloom in the evening the full fragrance comes out. The flowers are layered over the tea leaves which is called the scenting process. The quality of Jasmine tea is determined by the quality of green tea used and the effectiveness of the scenting.

Jasmine tea is one of my favorites. It reminds me of when I was traveling through Thailand…

Anyway…Rohit is pretty darn cool and knows what the scoop and then some on technology, Social Media and Marketing. And now he knows what jasmine tea really is. Check out his blog and new book!

http://www.influentialmarketingblog.com
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What’s the difference between Green tea and Jasmine tea?