One of the best jasmine green teas. Nearly all the flowers have been removed and there is a high proportion of tips. This remarkable tea allows the jasmine bouquet to fully develop during a 3-minute infusion.
About jasmine teas: in China, the best jasmine is gathered in August in the middle of the afternoon when the flowers are slowly beginning to open at the approach of twilight. The next step is the mixing of the dry tea leaves and flowers, which is done by placing 4 to 5 alternating layers of leaves and flowers on top of each other, each 4 to 6 inches deep. The layers are left in contact with each other for around 10 hours and are stirred regularly to reduce the temperature at the center of the pile, which should remain at about 98°F. The flowers are then picked out by hand, one at a time. The quality of the tea will depend upon how meticulously the workers remove the flowers. This process is repeated up to 7 times to produce the finest quality of jasmine tea, each with a new batch of fresh flowers.