When we were first specialty tea converts, we initially harboured a distain for Jasmine Tea – because it was infused, and often in an attempt to sell off poor quality green tea leaves. Then, we met this tea! Loosely translated to Drifting Snowflakes Jasmine Green, the original Chinese name Bi Tan Piao Xue 碧潭飘雪 translates more accurately to ‘Snowflakes Drifting into the Emerald Pond’, a description for the floating Jasmine Flowers in the green brew of the tea. Made from top grade green tea harvested in Spring, made and kept till August, where the best Jasmine flowers blossom, Bi Tan Piao Xue is a traditional tea made on Emei Mountain in Sichuan Province. The tea is first infused by layering with flowers, and as a final touch in terms of taste and aesthetics, whole Jasmine flowers are added in. The resultant brew is smooth and rich, yet refreshing!
We recommend brewing at a lower temperature of 70-75 degrees celcius, so as to bring out less bitterness in from the delicate green tea, and to preserve the delicate sweet floral flavours from the equally delicate Jasmine flowers.