Luxury Jasmine Tea: Madame Butterfly

Curious about what makes Madame Butterfly such a special jasmine tea blend? Let’s explore the journey from tea bud to cup.

Premium Tea Buds

In late February, tea bushes start growing again in Northern Fujian Province, near the town of Fuding, after a winter dormancy period from mid December to February. During this dormancy, the bushes do not sprout new shoots.

As the weather warms in the in the four weeks to come, the bushes grow new shoots with long succulent buds. The tea farm we work closely with only picks buds during this time. By April, the buds will have lost their superb tender qualities. The buds are then processed, hand tied into the shape of little butterflies (also appearing like little bowties) and then vacuum sealed to preserve their quality.

Fine Jasmine Blossoms

By the beginning of June, the jasmine farms near Fuzhou come into blossom. The jasmine blossoms open at night and exude their intense floral nature. The tea is then transferred to these farms.

During the afternoon, workers on the jasmine farms pluck the best jasmine buds before they open – but they know which ones will open that night. During the evening, the tea is carefully layered between the new jasmine buds. As the buds open, they impart the intense floral character on the tea.

In the morning, the buds and tea are separated. Later again that evening the tea is layered again between fresh blossoms. This process is repeated for seven days in a row, using only the freshest blossoms each time!

We only obtain about 500-900 kilos of Madame Butterfly a year. The supply is limited, as the making process is extensive and the tea is quite rare. There is other variations of butterfly jasmine tea available outside this traditional period, and whilst it is pretty good, it does not have the fine nuance that T. Kettle’s Madame Butterfly provides. Our Madame Butterfly luxury jasmine green tea is of superior quality, and excellent taste.

How to Brew Madame Butterfly

We recommend about 7 or 8 ‘butterflies’ per cup, steeped in rested boiling water. Watch the leaves rehydrate and expand to reveal the fine tea. Steep for 2-3 minutes and enjoy the fine nuance of one of the best teas in the world.

Matcha Cookies

These matcha cookies combine two of our favourite things: green tea and sweet treats. Baking with matcha infuses a beautiful colour and soft earthiness to your sweets. Not only does it taste delicious, but you’ll enjoy the wellness benefits of matcha with every bite.

We used our T. Kettle Ceremonial Matcha in these matcha cookies and they were a hit! Soft as a cloud in the centre with a colour that comes to life after baking. These cookies and other sweet treats would also be delicious with any of our flavoured matchas.

Matcha Cookies: Bake with matcha and create vibrant, delicious, and earthy cookies for your next gathering.

We used Justine Doiron’s Vegan White Chocolate Matcha Cookies recipe for these cookies, and they were delicious.

Incorporating matcha in your baking introduces a vibrancy that is perfect for spring baking, parties, holidays, special occasions, or simply as a sweet treat. Explore more ways to bake with matcha and our other premium loose leaf tea blends on our Pinterest board, Bake with Tea! Looking to incorporate more tea in your breads, pastries, or loaves? We’ve got ideas.