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Happy Heart Flowering Green Tea

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Caffeine: Low

Cup Characteristics: Your heart unfolds and bears a hidden blossom. A delectable hint of peach dances through the tea.

Ingredients: Green tea, Amaranth, Jasmine Blossoms.

Is your heart longing to gaze upon the craggy peaks of Mount Huang Shan? If you've ever visited Anhui province, the answer is probably yes. There is a saying in the ancient towns and villages there that one who visits, even for a day, will never really leave. That the natural beauty of the place will remain imprinted on their hearts and minds for the rest of their lives. And truthfully, with its soaring mountains, incredibly twisted and shapely pine trees, surging seas of cloud, and lush tea gardens, the province really is one of the most beautiful places on Earth. It was the sentiment at the heart of the old saying that inspired the creator of this fabulous handmade tea. Although it is not certain when it was first produced, legend has it that Happy Heart was created by an old Anhui Tea Master in an effort to soothe the yearning of his heart when making the long trek to the markets of Beijing. He took the fresh young shoots of the finest bushes of his native Huang Shan district and painstakingly tied them with Amaranth and Jasmine blossoms into an ancient symbol for the human heart, a pearl within a shell. Now, when sitting around a fire on the market trail he could brew a pot of tea, watch the leaves unfold and in his heart feel that he had never left his beloved home. Over the years the Master enjoyed his tea in solitude. One day at the Beijing market however, a local buyer noticed the special tea in a pouch on his table and asked if he could purchase some. The rest they say is history. Visits to Anhui have shown that in keeping with tradition only the finest Huang Shan leaf is used and tied according to ancient technique.

Hot Tea: Place one ball in your teapot and add water that is roughly 194'F/90'C. Infuse until the ball is fully open, usually about five minutes. Watch the long leaves unfurl to reveal the hidden flower treasure.

Iced Tea: Not generally consumed as iced tea but if you do, (1qt): 3 balls in a heat resistant pitcher. Pour 1 1/4 cup boiling water on tea. Steep five minutes. Quarter fill serving pitcher with cold water. Add ice, fill with cold water, garnish and sweeten to taste.