JING Tea at The Dharmawangsa

4/17/2016 Soya Yanagawa 0 Comments

As we already know, tea is the second most widely consumed drink in the world after water. This aromatic beverage commonly prepared by pouring hot water over preserved leaves of the Camellia sinensis. Historical speaking, tea was originated in southwestern China, that has been used for their traditional medicine. Around the 16th century, when the Portuguese were expanding their power, this beverage was imported to Europe and quickly gained popularity. 

I have to admit, our culture and history made our perspective about tea is different from what it has to be. Most of us think that the darker it gets, the better it taste. It is kind a sad that our tongue and palate has accustomed with that mind set, the bitter the tea, the better the taste.

Even though that I am not an expert about tea, but I really love to share about the knowledge that I have learned lately. Most of the branded tea that we can find in the supermarket were not 100% made from the 'flushes' (the buds and leaves). Sometimes, we still can find twigs on it. Actually, Only the top buds and leaves (1–2 inches from the top) of the mature plant are picked. So, if you find more twigs than the leaf, it means the quality of the tea was not that great.

Another thing to be informed, most of the flavoured tea has essence on it. It was infused with chemical essence to strengthen the scent. That is why most of the flavoured tea that can be found on supermarket only has the scent but not the flavour.  

So how can we find the best quality of tea? Well, on this post, I want to introduce you with JING Tea.

(Pictures were taken from www.jingtea.com)

JING means 'Essence' in Mandarin. Launched in 2004, JING defines the modern tea ceremony, an experience that absorbs the senses and refreshes and inspires the body and mind. It is an innovative tea company run by Edward Eisle.

What makes JING is different from the other? For sure, you can only find buds and leaf on their tea. It was made by care and perfection so JING tea is the best and the most trusted tea for me. For example, they really put dried blackcurrant and hibiscus petals on the blackcurrant & Hibiscus herbal tea, so you can really taste the tanginess and the floral taste.

JING tea is enjoyed by customers in more than 75 countries around the world, and in exceptional restaurants and luxury hotels. Luckily now we can enjoy it only at The Dharmawangsa, Jakarta.

Yup, you can enjoy this marvellous and luxurious tea only at The Dharmawangsa. To enjoy the tea, all you have to do is wait the expert prepare it for you. You can choose the tea based on your preference and the mood you have got. whether you want to taste the tea based on the time of day, or based on the taste. I really love how JING tea divide their tea based on taste.  


So just let the expert know and let them prepare it for you. Because to enjoy this tea to the max, there are some rules to be followed. (Taken from www.jingtea.com)

Well stored and top quality loose leaf tea. Use loose whole leaf tea and make sure the tea has been stored properly; in a resealable airtight bag or tin. This is particularly important for teas with more delicate flavours like green and white teas. Wherever possible our teas are packed at source, using gas and vacuum packing, and cold-stored for unrivalled freshness. 
Use a small teapot. Small teapots allow you to control the infusion of the tea much better than larger teapots. We would recommend using one that is no larger than our 300ml Glass One Cup Teapot We design our teaware following this simple rule to deliver optimum taste with each and every cup. All of our teas can be infused more than once for multiple servings. Simply add freshly heated water and reinfuse.  
Generous with the leaf. It is important to be generous with the tea and make sure you decide on the amount to use by weight and not volume. Use around 3-5g for our Glass One Cup Teapot. 
Water temperature and quality. Getting the water temperature right for the tea you are drinking is also crucial. Broadly speaking, green teas, white teas and yellow teas taste best when infused with 60°C- 80°C water. Black teas, oolongs and puerh taste best with near boiling water. It is best to use the highest quality water you can find, filtered or bottled water is fine.  
Infusion time. Infuse the tea for 3 minutes and make sure that you pour all of the infusion into a cup that is the same size or larger than the teapot. Alternatively, you can decant the tea into a pitcher before sharing in small cups with friends over multiple infusions. It is very important not to let the tea stew by leaving it in the teapot, as it will become astringent.

I is quite mesmerising experience to try this wonderful tea at The Dharmawangsa. I can still remember the velvety taste and outstanding fragrant tea. My favorite tea is the Blackcurrant & Hibiscus tea and Rosebud tea. It is quite unique and has a very wonderful tea. You can taste the lively and refreshing tea from the blackcurrant & hibiscus tea or you can have a calming and euphoric aroma and flavour from the rosebud tea. 

Well, that is it, have a great day and Godspeed!

The Dharmawangsa Jakarta
Jl. Brawijaya Raya No. 26, Kebayoran Baru, Jakarta
Tel: (62-21) 725 8181

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