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Tea of the week: Jade Orchid Green Tea

November 24 2016
JADE ORCHID GREEN TEA

In celebration of Dragonfly's 15th birthday, we have created our beautiful new Tea House Collection of ten artisan teas. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be telling you a little more about each of these delicious teas, from old favourites to new discoveries.


ORIGIN

In China, the art of delicately scenting teas with freshly gathered flower petals goes back many hundreds of years. Jasmine tea is often the most widely recognised scented Chinese tea, but there are many others which are rarely seen outside of China, including our remarkable Jade Orchid green tea.


MAKING THE TEA

To make this exquisite and refined tea, the best quality green tea leaves are scented with the fragrant petals of the yulan or ‘Jade Orchid’ tree, which is part of the Magnolia family. The exotic yulan blossoms are picked by hand and expertly layered on the tea leaves, until their scent has been absorbed. The art lies in achieving a perfectly balanced and rounded taste, one that is not overpowered but rather elevated by the floral notes.

TASTE

Seductive and smooth, with sweet, elegant floral notes and a lingering finish.

While many people believe they do not like the taste of green tea, this is often because they have only experienced poor quality leaves, brewed too long and at too high a temperature, which can all contribute to bitterness. In actual fact, green teas can be truly remarkable with delicate flavours, complex aromas and endless variety, as you will discover with our Jade Orchid tea.

ENJOYMENT

Allow fresh, boiled water to cool a little. Infuse tea for 2-3 minutes. To enjoy added nuances, reinfuse the leaves a second time.

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