Thousand Days Red Jasmine (Xian Tao)
Thousand Days Red Jasmine (Xian Tao) is a display or presentation tea made with soft, very pliable green tea leaves that are sewn together, often with a silken thread, into a Litchi Nut shape, then scented with jasmine flowers.
Display or art teas celebrate the gastronomic and social value of tea in the fabric of Chinese culture. They are typically presented at dinners and celebratory meals around holidays such as the new year and gatherings of family and friends. With steeping, these beautifully shaped leaves fold back and "bloom" to present a brilliant scarlet flower.
Why we selected this tea. The best quality display teas are usually found in Fujian Province. It is arguable that the finest jasmine scented teas are also made in Fujian. Tasting various lots, we found this tea was well made in that the leaves hold together through multiple steps; and the jasmine scenting is quite natural and pleasing.
Interesting facts about this tea. It is made with a varietal that has an unusually pliable leaf. The varietal grows in northern Fujian Province. The red flower within is Globe amaranth (Gomphrena globosa) is known as "Thousand Days Red". Tea is very slow to turn astringent.
Taste profile. “Xian Tao” offers a soft, sweet tea taste and the varietal does not get bitter as it steeps. Jasmine scenting is natural and sweet with a smooth mouth feel. Tea is very relaxing.
Brewing suggestions. Place one Litchi Nut in a sturdy wine glass or glass teapot (12- 16 ounces) in water temperature of about 195–205 degrees. Steep for 5 minutes as the leaves slowly unfurl and open. It will steep multiple times. Enjoy the show!
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Thousand Days is made with a green tea varietal that has very pliable leaves.
Display teas celebrate the social and gastronomical value of tea!
Terrific flavor but need better instructions
Posted by Unknown on 23rd May 2016
I encountered this tea at the Slanted Door in the Ferry Building in San Francisco--it was delicious. I'm not sure what I ordered is the same--not quite as striking. But at the restaurant we left the leaves in the glass, then after a half hour, had another steeping. Is that proper?