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These delicate leaves benefit from gentle and attentive preparation. First, it is highly recommended to pre-heat your cups and steeping vessel with boiling water; this helps to maintain the water temperature and create the best infusion and aromas. Use a generous portion of 2-3 tablespoons of leaves per 6 ounces of water, and do not use a tea ball or any other steeping device which will restrict the leaves from expanding. Infuse in water at 160 degrees (boil, then allow to cool for 3 minutes). Do not hesitate to re-steep this tea – it does well, even as the flavors turn more green and less sweet, it keeps its velvety flowery feel.
Or try this very special tea in the traditional Chinese way – a series of small cups steeped first for 30 seconds, then an additional 30 seconds for each subsequent re-steeping. Enjoy 5 or more small cups, note the change in aroma and flavor profile as the tiny leaves unfurl and infuse little by little. This tea has a lovely uplifting feel, enjoy it in the traditional way as a meditative moment, centering your attention and clearing your head.