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Finding poetry in a glass bowl

By Zhou Yutong & Sun Ye (China Daily)

09:41, May 07, 2013

Bitan Piaoxue is an artistic tea both before and after brewing. (China Daily/Fan Zhen)

Bitan Piaoxue has a name that says it all. "Bi" is the luxuriant green of a deep forest, while "tan" is a serene pool of clear water. "Piaoxue" is a clean drift of refreshing pure white snow.

It's a jasmine-scented tea, the first of its kind to add flower buds in the tea leaves, and is probably the most fragrant among the jasmine teas.

Bitan smells like a bouquet of jasmine, the result of an infusing process that mingles the green tea leaves, or tea base, with jasmine buds for more than 12 hours for the tea to take on all the perfume.

It is an artistic tea both before and after brewing. The tea leaves themselves fire the imagination with their little specks of pure white among the dark. In the cup, the landscape blossoms in water as the tea and buds unfurl.

The best visual effect comes with a glass cup.

Place the hot water in the glass and scatter a small handful of Bitan. In less than a minute, green tea leaves will tint the water green, rehydrate and slowly sink. In contrast, the white jasmine petals continue to unfold and float. The sweet fragrance will scent the entire room and you will experience snow on green in summer.

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