A rounded, well-balanced green tea that has a beautiful jasmine fragrance and a sweet lingering finish. This scented green tea is refreshing and cooling.
Our Mo Li Hua Long Zhu has been traditionally shaped by hand into small “pearls” and scented with jasmine flowers. The high mountain green tea and jasmine flowers are placed in direct contact and turned by hand over 12 hours. The jasmine flowers are then removed and replaced with fresh jasmine flowers. This process is repeated 7 times to ensure the scenting occurs uniformly throughout the tea. It takes 20 days to complete the scenting.
The rolling of the tea is also labour intensive to ensure the pearl shape is a size similar to the jasmine flower for effective scenting. It can take a skilled worker 2 hours to roll 1kg of pearls.
Origin: Fuzhou, Fujian, China
Flavour profile: Fresh | Floral | Sweet
Processing highlights: The scenting process requires meticulous care to preserve the flower and ensure the fragrance is transferred to the pearls.
It is critical that the ratio of tea to flowers is optimal to produce a high grade of scented teas. The delicate layering and scenting process occurs in excess of 7 times. The tea and flowers are raked approximately every 1.5 hours and the removal of yellowed Jasmine flowers that have lost their scent is performed.
Care must also be taken in handling and preparing the jasmine flowers. The flowers are placed in a temperature-controlled environment where the green bud and stem are removed and the flower buds sorted according to size.
Cultivar: Fuding Da Bai
Tea Master: Wang Bing
The tea mountains of Northern Fujian are home to the Fuding Da Bai Hao (big white) cultivar tea bush. The bush produces soft, downy buds that are picked in early spring that make the green tea, which can be hand-rolled into “pearls.”
The jasmine flowers are produced in Guangxi Hengxian ‘the home of jasmine’. The region produces 80% of China’s jasmine and 60% of the world market’s jasmine supply.
Elevation: 1,000 - 1,200m
Mo Li Hua Long Zhu produces a rounded infusion that has a semi-sweet jasmine and honey flavour with a subtle hint of cream. This tea leaves a velvety feeling on the palate.
Mo Li Hua Long Zhu pairs perfectly with Asian dishes such as dim sum and will also work well with curried dishes. This tea will also work well with plain sweets that are not too rich.
Try this with pot sticker dumplings or buttery shortbread.
Leaf appearance: Small tightly wound silvery pearls
Aroma: Elegant floral aroma of jasmine with subtle sweet honey notes
Liquor colour: Clear green-yellow colour