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Tea Tasting - Dragon Pearl

Posted by Kimiko URIU on May 05, 2010 (0 Comments)

Image from Wikipedia.

I tried another Chinese tea recently. Jasmine scented pearl tea is very fascinating. Some people love it and but some find it too strong.

Name: Jasmine pearl has many other names such as Phoenix Pearls, Dragon Pearls and Jade Pearls.

Origin: Fujian Province

Interesting fact: as with other jasmine teas, the pearls are repeatedly exposed to fresh flowers by placing a layer of flowers, a layer of tea, a layer of flowers alternating.

Preparation: 3-4 pearls infused for 2-3 minutes at around 75 degrees celsius.

Dry leaf appearance: the tea is beautifully rolled in to tight balls (the size of peas).
Dry leaf scent: strong and intense note of jasmine.
Infusion appearance: one can tell good jasmine pearls cause the three buds that make up each purl unfurls.
Infusion scent: rich, slightly sweet and smooth aroma of jasmine.
Liquor texture: no astringency and smooth texture, almost velvety.

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