No. 246 - Jasmine Dragon Ball Black Tea
There are many productive place of yellow chrysanthemum in China, and the yellow chrysanthemum used in this tea ball is from the well-picked local yellow chrysanthemum of Yunnan, which bloom in summer with apple-like scent on its leaves. The flower can help with digestion and dilute the dark rim of eyes. Moreover, yellow chrysanthemum is called “plant doctor”, which can help to recover the sick or weak plants nearby. In addition, it has very grounding and soothing health effect on our nervous system, being able to relax our body and stabilize our mood, as well as improving insomnia and sleep quality.
*Original Wild Ancient Tea Trees and Wild Tea Populations
*Transitive Type Ancient Tea Trees
*Cultivation Type Ancient Tea Trees
These tea trees grow in high altitudes covered by large area of primeval forests, and all the natural ecosystems have been well-protected which makes it becomes a very ideal place for an optimal cultivation and natural drainage. According to the 2007 satellite positioning survey results, the old tea tree resources include ancient tea garden and ancient tea tree populations are more than 100 mu in Pu-erh City.
Hengxian - Jasmine
As the biggest jasmine growing area in China, Heng County has been honored by China’s State Forestry Administration (SFA) and China Flower Association as “The hometown of Chinese jasmine”. Being affected by the tropical monsoon climate of South Asia, Heng County in Guangxi has sufficient sunshine and rainfall, long lasting summer and frostless period, less snow days – all these favorable climatic conditions are favorable to the growth of jasmine.
With more than 30 years of processing tea, Mr. Yang, as well as other tea farmers in Huidui village, are living by selling teas, which is the only thing they count on to support their lives.
When we talked with Mr. Yang about why he had the idea to make flower dragon ball tea, Mr. Yang said: “Our former tea maters have already created a very special blend of Pu-erh Mini Tuo Cha with Rose and Chrysanthemums. That’s why the idea of making dragon ball black tea with flower flooded into my mind.” After that, Mr. Yang started his experiments to make dragon ball black tea with flower. With multiple experiments, he found Dian Hong Black tea is not proper to roll into a small shape as Mini Tuo Cha, but perfect for making into bigger dragon balls by the processing method of rolling. By using this method, it presented the best shape and appearance of the Black Tea that could be.
After succeeded in producing dragon ball black tea with fresh flowers, Mr. Yang began to challenge himself by making other types of dragon ball teas. So far, lots of new type flower dragon ball black teas have been successfully made, which includes: Rose, Chamomile, Jasmine and Forget-me-not dragon ball black tea. Moreover, Mr. Yang made another attempt to dragon balls with pure tea material, they are: Ancient Dragon Ball Pu-erh Tea and Moonlight Beauty Dragon Ball White Tea.
The fresh tea leaves for producing Jasmine Dragon Ball Black Tea come from Jiu Tai Po tea garden, which is located in pu’er city with the highest elevation reaches at 2016 meters. This tea garden is shrouded by a variety of ecological tea plantations, such as Taidi cha (plantation tea) growing area, old tea tree and ancient tea tree growing areas. Among them, the old tea tree and ancient tea tree growing area are located on a relatively higher elevation in Jiu Tai Po tea garden, covered with original forests.
The position where the tea garden located is in a high altitude that makes no cars could pass but to climb the mountain on foot. Tea from old and ancient tea trees growing in a natural environment without human intervention. Therefore, the poultry manure is considered to be one of the best plant fertilizers out there.
In recent years, Jiu Tai Po tea garden has begun to grow Taidi cha. Basically, all of these Taidi tea plants come from Jinggu Dabai Cha. There, leaves from Daiba Cha are more expensive than old tea trees, so you don't need to worry about buying a half-fake tea that mixed with Taidi cha and old tea trees.
Our Chrysanthemum Dragon Ball Black Tea is made from Yunnan large-leaf species old tea trees. Old tea trees, which refers to the age of trees range between 50-300 years old. While, tea trees over 300 years old are considered as ancient tea trees.
Old tea trees have long roots that go deep into the ground, and mostly they’re grown in favorable mountain ecosystem conditions. Therefore, it can reduce the damage caused by diseases and insects. Teas grown in this area are more likely to be regarded as natural teas, because there’s no pruning or any manual managements involved in. That’s why it has a lower output than Taidi Cha.
The nitrogen contains in old tea trees has exuberant metabolism, which can produce a large amount of amino acids, protein and tea polyhenols through a series of chemical reactions. Compared with old tea trees, although tea from younger tea tree still tastes rather mellow and fresh, it’s a little weak in sweet aftertaste.
|Shelf Life||10 Years|
|Packed||United States of America|
|Ingredients||Jasmine and black tea|
|Chinese Gongfu Method (Water Amount)||3.72 fl oz / 110 ml|
|Chinese Gongfu Method (Water Temp)||194 F / 90 C|
|Chinese Gongfu Method (Amount)||1 Piece|
|Chinese Gongfu Method (Time)||Rinse, 25s, 35s, 45s, 55s, 35s, 35s, 35s, 50s, 60s|
|Western Method (Water Amount)||12 fl oz / 355 ml|
|Western Method (Water Temp)||194 F / 90 C|
|Western Method (Amount)||1 Piece|
|Western Method (Time)||5-8 Mins (to taste)|