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In 1886 our founder Walter Whittard set up his very first shop, filled floor-to-ceiling with the world’s finest tea, coffee and cocoa. Those brave new brews are now time-honoured classics and we’re still following our nose for the new…
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A speciality of Fujian Province in China, our artisan Jasmine Dragon Pearls have been crafted with extraordinary skill, rolling the youngest green tea leaves by hand and layering them up to six times with fresh jasmine blossoms, ready to absorb their fragrant oil as the buds begin to open at dusk.
The tea takes its name from the pearls traditionally seen under the feet of stone dragons standing guard at the entrances to imperial palaces and office buildings. The pearly leaves unfurl like blossoms in the infusion, creating a beautifully light and aromatic brew which releases layers of flavour with each steeping. You'll find it's the perfect tea for enjoying over the course of the day, and we tend to brew a fresh pot as an after-dinner palate-cleanser.
The Great Taste Awards have been described as the Oscars of the food world—so you can imagine we were pretty chuffed when our Jasmine Dragon Pearls won a gold star at this year’s awards. The judges called it “A clean liquor with good peachy and stone fruit character, and a delightful sweetness.”
Sweet, Floral, Refreshing
Sweet and fresh, with floral jasmine
Pair with spicy food for a tingling mouth sensation
The pearls can be re-infused throughout the day
Add one teaspoon (around 2g) of loose leaf tea per cup and use freshly drawn water heated to around 80 degrees. For the ideal temperature either pour the water before it reaches boiling point or allow the water to sit for 3-5 minutes after boiling. Allow to brew for 2-3 minutes according to taste. Best enjoyed without milk.
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The Chinese invented paper, gunpowder and the compass. But their finest innovation has to be tea, reputedly first discovered by the emperor Shen Nong in 2737 BCE. Originally prepared as a medicinal brew, tea became a drink in its own right during the Han Dynasty (206 BCE – 220 CE), and today China produces thousands of different varieties ranging from black, green and white tea to oolong, puerh and yellow tea. If you’re looking for a bit of teatime reading take a look at Lu Yu’s ‘Tea Classic’: first written in 780 CE, it covers everything from cultivation methods to tea etiquette…
In Chinese folklore dragons are said to have 117 scales in the perfect proportion of Ying and Yang, so we thought we'd give this tea the number 117
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