Jasmine Bai Mu Dan (a.k.a. Jasmine Wheels) are hand rolled and hand tied. The method used to make these special Jasmine tea wheels is as follows:
they begin with specially selected tea leaves (leaves that are long and mottled white)
the leaves are then tied together
the leaves are then carefully and painstakingly flattened to for a "wheel" shape
the tea is steamed and dried with fresh jasmine flowers which impart the delicate flavor and aroma
the dry leaf appearance of the tea balls is tending towards a mottled and white appearance, indicating very early new season tea and extremely careful plucking and manufacture. (New season tea of this quality is rare and only available for 2-3 weeks each year!)
When you place a Jasmine wheel in your cup you will see the leaves begin to uncurl and transform. Once the infusion time is complete the tea looks like a hedgehog - a total spiked ball.
In China, these Jasmine Wheels - Bai Mu Dan - are highly prized and given as special gifts:
on the birth of a son - The shape signifies a well-rounded life and as the boy grows into a man a fullness to life emerges (you can see this as this tea infuses from a round wheel to a multi-faceted ball)
upon a marriage - The two halves of the wheel signify the coming together of two special people and the desire that their life attains a fullness and a long life together
to highly esteemed guests and friends - the cost of these special teas signifies respect and the desire to remain a friend in the fullness of life
for health, long life and luck - the benefits of the consumption of green tea have been well known for centuries and the cost of this special tea is said to impart good luck and the attainment of great wealth
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Hot tea brewing method: To enjoy this special tea, take 1 wheel, place this in your teapot (ideally a glass teapot), pour hot water (180 degrees farenheit or 80 degrees celsius) into the pot and allow the tea to infuse. Do not remove the leaves after infusing. Contemplate life and enjoy a rare Chinese Jasmine Tea. If you wish to have another cup of tea, simply pour more water on the leaves and allow to infuse for another 1-3 minutes. The traditional Chinese method of drinking this tea would be to use the leaves 3-5 times and discuss philosophy with a close friend.
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Manufacture Type: Hand-made green tea
Cup Characteristics: Pale Green and smooth with delicate and exquisite jasmine flavor
Infusion: Pale green
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