I am not usually a green tea drinker but I love jasmine and thought this would be a great spring tea. The smell of the tea is intoxicating, dry and brewed. I added a bit of honey for sweetness and it was amazing! Even my kids liked it!
This tea is a particularly good jasmine - hence the moniker Gold Dragon, (gold means wealth, prosperity, money and dragon means long life and strength). The jasmine tree comes into bloom only during May and June. The blossom only lasts for about 12 hours and only comes out at night after the sun goes down. About half way through the night the fragrance is at its peak and it is at this time the blossoms need to be picked and layer into the tea. By the morning most of the fragrance has disappeared from the blossom, but if the tea maker has done his job correctly, this heavenly scent has been transferred to the tea and captured in time. This process is carried out on 5 successive evenings to impart the superior flavor of specially selected tea and jasmine flowers.
Bring filtered or freshly drawn cold water to a rolling boil then cool to 85ºC/185ºF . Place 1 tea bag for each 7-9oz / 200-260ml of fluid volume in the teapot. Pour the water into the teapot. Cover and let steep for 3-7 minutes according to taste (the longer the steeping time the stronger the tea).