Jasmine Dragon Tears
(sometimes called Jasmine Phoenix Pearls) is a delicate green tea is from the Wu Yi district of the Fujian Province of China. It is made from the top two leaves and the bud of the first three weeks of new season growth (late March/early April). At this time of the year, jasmine bushes are in bloom. Only the most fragrant blossoms are layered between the tea leaves, imparting their delicate aroma to the leaves. The leaves are then hand-rolled into pearls that open up when infused. This tea has a pale green liquor and a lovely jasmine flavor. The aroma is perfectly heavenly! Infuse 6-8 pearls per cup in water that is 180 degrees for about three minutes. Do not remove the leaves from the cup. Add more water as needed for about three infusions or until the flavor is exhausted.
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