Xu Gong Cha (named after the inventor Xu Gong) or Bi Tan Piao Xue is a delightfully fragrant type of premium jasmine green tea. The name Bi Tan Piao Xue literally means “emerald – deep pond – floating – snow” which is a poetic way of describing the brewed tea. Tender green tea leaves sinking to the bottom with beautiful white jasmine blossoms, unique to Bi Tan Piao Xue, floating on the surface.
The premier high mountain green tea is picked before Qing Ming (a solar term for early spring) and must be carefully stored since the jasmine flowers cannot be harvested until mid-summer. The fragrant multi-petal jasmine buds are picked before they blossom, which locks in the best flavours and aroma and the calyx of the bud is then manually removed to ensure a perfect jasmine flavour.