Spring is well and truely in bloom with this week's Tea Tuesday — a sublimely sweet, floral Jasmine Dragon Pearl. Organic and handcrafted as always, this Jasmine tea is scented 4 times and hand-rolled into small balls from the large leaf white tea bushes of Fuding in the Chinese province of Fujian — a province which calls itself home to the top Jasmine blenders in the land.
This majestic tea is named after the striking resemblance to a curled-up pearl-sized baby dragon, Jasmine scented tea is a famous tradition dating back to the fifth century but didn't become widespread until the Qing Dynasty (1650-1900s) as tea importation to the west boomed. Typically scented with green tea, we've chosen new season white tea for an extra level of supreme delicacy — steep the tea balls in pure New Zealand water to slowly unravel and release all this tea's uplifting goodness
Infuse a heaped teaspoon of balls per cup of water between 90-95°C. Steep for 1-2 minutes, strain, serve and enjoy.
This Jasmine tea may be brewed up to 3 times by adding 1 minute for each successive infusion
What's Tea Tuesday?
When we launched Informal Tea back in 2011, we had a simple focus. To build a small range of the very best teas that we could. There was (and still is) no shortage of tea brands trying to fob off mediocre versions of every tea under the sun and we didn’t want to be like them.
5 years on and we find ourselves still not wanting to be like them and their un-inspired blends. So this year we decided that we wanted to push ourselves even further by embarking on a completely new adventure. This year we’re setting ourselves the challenge of launching a new tea blend every week.
From here on in, Tuesdays will be know as Tea Tuesday. A tearific teausday celebration marked by the release of a hand crafted limited edition tea specifically blended for that week.
On this adventure, we will travel into the outermost depths of tea’s frontier badlands. Each week will explore alternate experimental methods, creative and uncommoncombinations alongside a host of regional, vintage, varietal and artistic elements that make up a tea’s distinct personality.
Make no mistake, the logistics of rapidly launching bespoke tea's on the go will be a nightmare. There will be tears, delight and despair. But the thrill of discovery and our unwilling appetite for sacred tea knowledge is what fuels us on this path.
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