Friday, March 29, 2013

Cha Dragon Phoenix Pearls

Country of Origin: China
Leaf Appearance: varied shades of green, tightly rolled
Ingredients: green tea, jasmine flowers
Steep time: 3 minutes
Water Temperature: 175 degrees
Preparation Method: glass teapot
Liquor: gold

The dry pearls of this tea had a fantastic jasmine aroma. I thought that this was a pleasant but fairly typical jasmine pearl tea. It was sweetly floral and vegetal with just a tough of astringency. One of the pearls in my pot was actually a whole jasmine blossom. That is not often seen and I thought it was a nice touch. Watching pearl teas unfurl is always a nice experience and this one was no different. Once unfurled, I could see that the leaves were mostly whole buds and appeared to be of rather high quality. This particular tea won a three star Great Taste Gold Award in 2011. This is the second tea that I've tried from Chah and I have enjoyed them both very much. They are based in the UK but they are able to ship to the U.S., Canada and many other countries around the world.

You can find out more about this tea here.