Dragon Phoenix Pearl Jasmine White Tea

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  • “First of all, let me say that I really like Jasmine teas. Phoenix Dragon Pearls is supposed to be the top grade of Jasmine tea around, and it truly is a great tea! :)) I like to prepare this gongfu...” Read full tasting note
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The finest jasmine tea hand-rolled into pearl-sized spheres brews an incomparable infusion that will delight even the most fervent jasmine lovers. Incredible fragrance.

This tea is grown near the border of Fujian and Jiangxi provinces, where the mountainous landscape is often shrouded by fog. Dragon Phoenix Pearl Jasmine gets its name from the visual characteristics of the tea bushes, which climb the hillsides like a dragon rising from water. Furthermore, the tea pickers give the appearance of dancing phoenixes next to the dragon’s long and slender body.

The white tea is plucked in April and May and stored until August when the finest jasmine blossoms are in bloom. Night-blooming white jasmine flowers are picked in the morning while the tiny petals are tightly closed and set aside until nightfall. The petals begin to pop open in the cool night air, which is the signal for the scenting to begin.

Once open, the “marrying” of the jasmine and the tea takes place in several applications-each taking up to four hours-after which the jasmine petals are removed. Each leaf and bud set are then skillfully hand-rolled into a tiny pearl-sized ball. Once rolled, the tea is then wrapped in silk mesh and dried by fire to set the form.

During infusion, the hot water causes the tiny pearls to open like flowers and sink slowly to the bottom of the cup. We recommend placing 18 to 20 of these tiny pearls in a clear glass cup to watch their graceful unfurling, a process also known as “the agony of the leaves”. The superbly sweet and floral aroma, the delicate flavor, and the unique leaf shape all make the Dragon Phoenix Pearl Jasmine an exceptional experience.

Cups to Grams:
8 grams makes 3-4 cups
25 grams makes 10-15 cups
50 grams makes 20-25 cups
100 grams makes 45-50 cups
1 pound loose makes 180-200 cups
Ingredients: white tea, jasmine
Steeping Instructions: 1-2 minutes at 150-170 degrees Fahrenheit
Caffeinated: Yes
Country of Origin: China

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First of all, let me say that I really like Jasmine teas. Phoenix Dragon Pearls is supposed to be the top grade of Jasmine tea around, and it truly is a great tea! :)) I like to prepare this gongfu style, and so should you to fully appreciate this tea. I like to add the pearls in a glass teapot so I can watch the pearls unfurl and smell the intoxicating aroma. A gaiwan would also work well, but I do not recommend a Yixing teapot for any jasmine tea. A glass Gaiwan would also work well obviously.

I used my glass tea press which is a little big for Gongfu tea prep as far as having to guesstimate the amount of water for my cup (8-9 oz), but perfect for the full expansion of the tea leaves (glass press is about 18-20 oz). I think it works out to one or two tea leaves rolled into a pearl, so when they unfurl the leaves are huge-long and slender.

When I smell the pearls the aroma fills the room and my senses…….really takes me away! SSSoooo aromatic!! I can picture mysellf running …….or walking through a field of jasmine flowers on a sunny day. I run with purpose of course, NOT flailing my arms about, or skipping or spinning in circles! :))

Guesstimating again, I put approx 15-20 pearls in my warmed press, and the aroma seemed to intensify. At a one minute steep, the pearls partially opened, and the aroma of the wet pearls was A M A Z I N G ! ! The jasmine filled my senses and the room. The cup was a light yellow, but the aroma and flavor was not shy. I always let my tea cool a bit-IMHO, you get a better appreciation for the teas’ qualities with a slightly cooled cup. More fantastic Jasmine aroma, and the flavor is so naturally sweet, floral, very flavorful and…….SUBLIME!

Same parameters for the second cup provide the most aromatics in the wet leaves and cup, with the cup a slightly darker hued yellow. The Jasmine is so sweet, floral and smooth on my palate, warming and coating my throat. AAHHHH. The tea has good staying power too.

Third cup steeped at 195 D for 1.5 minutes, with the wet leaf aroma still strong. In the cup, the Jasmine fades somewhat and the gentle white tea emerges. On my palate the tea and Jasmine seem to be closely balanced here, as the floral qualities recede. That’s a good thing, because with Gongfu each cup is different, and I appreciate it for what it is…….NOT for what it isn’t. :)) Still sweet, warm and soothing.

My fourth and last cup steeped with boiling water for 3.5 minutes, gave me wet leaves that STILL smelled of Jasmine and had now fully opened. The cup was weaker in aromatics and flavor, but still the leaves gave me all they had and four quality cups of tea! Good tea flavor and Jasmine soothed me again, with their sweetness and warmth. I could’ve probably gotten a weak fifth cup, but I really had four truly satisfying cups!

Even people who don’t prefer Jasmine teas because they are too floral for their taste, could learn to appreciate this. The nice thing about the pearls is that you probably could limit the floral aspects of the tea by using less pearls, lesser steep times and temps. :)) Another nice thing is that this tea is naturally and slowly scented over several days, and does not come across as cloying to me at all. Give this tea a try! :)) A perfect tea experience, but I’m leaving a little elbow room should a better Jasmine tea please my palate.

Cupped: Sunday, February 5, 2012.

Reviewed: Monday, February 6, 2012.

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180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 0 sec
TheTeaFairy

I like your review, it has made a believer out of me! I love jasmine tea and you made me crave it…as I was reaching for my David’s Tea Jasmine Pearls, I realized I have none left in my cupboard! Will have to look up Stash Tea shipping costs to Canada!

ScottTeaMan

Tea Fairy-here are most economical shipping costs to Canada (shipping from Oregon):

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DISCOUNT NOW OFFERED: SPEND $25 OR MORE AND STANDARD SHIPPING TO CANADA IS $11.95. GOOD THRU TUES, FEB 7, 2012. You save $3.00! :))

Bonnie

I rather liked the thought of you flailing your arms about running thru the fields like a small child who can’t contain the joy of what is sure to come just beyond at the end of the clearing…at a small table just set for tea…with birds chirping and butterflies darting about with the dragonflys. DO IT…come on!

TeaisforTara

I second the thought, Bonnie. I’m not a huge fan of jasmine teas, but I LOVE that image and how Scott was obviously bursting with joy while writing the review. ;)

ScottTeaMan

hahahaha……….

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