Jasmine (Snowflake over Jade Pond)
- 3.0 oz. sold in a black tea caddy, or 1.5 oz. sold in a copper bag
- Category: Green
- Grown: China, Sichuan, E'Mei Shan
- Organically grown
Behind the Name
December 1st, 1955 : Rosa Parks refused to give up her bus seat to a white passenger, and was arrested, lost her job, and became the "mother of the freedom movement.” We honor her act of courage by naming our rare jasmine tea after her. Grown in China, Bi Tan Piao Xue translates to “Snowflake over Jade Pond,” as the green tea falls to the bottom while the real jasmine flowers float on top. Made with the highest quality early spring tea buds, and real jasmine flowers (unlike most jasmine teas which use artificial jasmine flavoring), this is the finest cup of Jasmine you will sip.
Tea Sommelier's Notes
Who could resist such a beautiful visual as a tea with this name! The name belies in fact, when it is of high quality, a drink which is as close to being in the Garden of Eden as it gets: the finest green tea interspersed with real jasmine flowers - in fact thousands of them! - picked at the exact correct moment in order for the jasmine scent to release its fragrances fully into the tea. A real treasure of a tea...
In the know: A high quality jasmine tea will typically consist of 70% green tea and 30% real jasmine blossoms. Our high quality cultivar used for this tea is the Ming Shan Bihao Cultivar #131. The blossoms must be picked when they appear as "tiger's paws" : a stage of the flower bud where it is not yet quite fully open. The tea is usually picked as one leaf and a bud. The tea is produced by the end of March (picked early in spring), and stored in a cooler until July when the jasmine buds are then ready for picking. The tea leaves will readily pick up the jasmine scent from the flowers after about 2-3 weeks of several infusions. Each jasmine bud must be removed from each individual infusion by hand before the next round of flower buds are mixed with the tea. A laborious process! But so worth it....Hence, many who produce jasmine tea will take the shortcut of putting jasmine flavor into the lower quality tea to mask both the lower quality of the tea as well as the lack of real jasmine flowers. Our Bi Tan Piao Xue is the absolute real deal.
In the cup: this tea produces a richer golden color in the cup, the scent of jasmine always present in all three stages of the leaves: dry, brewed and steeped . The taste is floral, perhaps a little buttery, with hints of vanilla, with the ever present aroma of jasmine wafting up from the cup.
In the mood: Anytime you want to feel like you are sitting in a beautiful flower garden (no, make that drinking the garden!), special moments with friends, afternoon tea with flair. Those served this tea will long remember the experience...
In the brewing vessel
: 1-2 Tsp. (1.5g)/8 oz. (240ml)/160-175 F (75-80 C)Crab eyes (Please see The Five Stages of Bringing Water to the Boil
)/Steep for 1-3 mins/ Up to 3 infusions possible Steeping this tea in a glass pot or cup is recommended as the "dance" of the jasmine flowers as they float to the top, while the tea leaves sink to the bottom of the pot/cup is a meditation in itself!