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The main production points of organic Bai Hao tea includes fixation, rolling, drying. The dry leaves are in straight needle-shapes and they smell vaguely of sweet millet note rather than grass-like aroma which is common in green teas. When brewed, the liquor presents a scent of fresh sweet corn note and a mellow, smooth mouthfeel with a lingering after-taste without any astringency. Overall, it creates more thickness in mouth when compared with the common green teas do.
Organic Bai Hao tea has a very appealing chestnut flavor, mellow and sweet taste as well as excellent durable infusing resistance. If you want to try a new green tea with a slightly complex taste, it will not let you down.
China is the original home of tea production while Guangxi is the birthplace of Bai Hao tea.
Bai Hao tea trees are commonly grown in high mountains in Guangxi province where the mountainous areas with altitudes of 800 – 1,500 m are the ideal homeland for Bai Hao teas. On average, the annual precipitation here is 1,500 – 2,000 mm and the annual average temperature is 16 – 23 ℃.
In 1964, a larger number of wild Bai Hao tea trees have been found growing in Lingyun County, Guangxi province. The biggest one is 9.96 m high with a trunk diameter of 25 cm, its dense canopy has 6.38 m wide and the leaves of this tree reach up to 13.3 cm long and 4.7 cm wide.
Located in mountainous area with elevations ranging from 500 – 1,200 m, Yaming Bai Hao tea garden covers a total area of 1,000 mu.
Yaming tea garden is surrounded by woods and often shrouded in clouds and mist in the morning and at night. These advantageous natural conditions can help prevent the majority of harmful effects of UV rays to the growth of tea plants and obviously increase the contents of amino acid and chlorophyll accumulated in tea buds and leaves.
To ensure tea quality, chemical fertilizers and pesticides are strictly forbidden to use in this garden, except for the sheep and cattle manure. Based on this theory, Yaming tea garden was authorized to label its products as USDA Organic in 2015.
In Asia, it is said that Bai Hao tea tree is the only one versatile variety whose leaves are suitable for making all the six basic teas (green, white, black, yellow, oolong and pu-erh).
Bai Hao tea tree belongs to large-leaf species. The leaves of this species are very elastic, tender and yellowish green and give off a natural fresh scent. Bai Hao tea is rich in poly phenol, amino acid, pectin. One test shows that the contents of amino acid, poly phenol, caffeine and catechinic acid in spring Bai Hao tea (one bud with two leaves) account for 3.36%, 35.6%, 4.91% and 182.92 mg/g respectively.
In general, Bai Hao black tea (The black tea made of the leaves picked from Bai Hao tea tree) has a pleasant natural fragrance while the finished Bai Hao green tea has a typical mellow taste and Chinese chestnut fragrance.
Bai Hao tea is also called “Ling Yun Bai Hao tea” mostly because its leaf and bud look downy. Jade green color, downy, full-bodied fragrance, mellow taste, durable infusing resistance are Bai Hao tea’s five features by which Bai Hao tea are renowned both at home and abroad.
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This is hands down my favorite tea of all time. This tea has a very refreshing sweet corn taste to it that is very pleasant and is good at all times of the day. It is very different tasting then most green teas and much less bitter. I highly recommend this tea if you like green teas. I'm very obsessed with this tea and it is my regular go to tea.
This tea can turn out really badly if you don't follow the recommendations on time and temperature. So, keep that in mind. When I tried my normal time/temperature settings for green tea, it turned out terrible — extremely astringent and abrasive. When using 90ºC water, rinsing, then brewing for 10 seconds, 15 seconds, and so on, it ended up being better. It was still astringent, though — so, if you don't like that, this would be a tea to avoid. In terms of notes, the tea was: tangy, fruity, and astringent (moderate to extreme, depending upon the time/temperature). The tea also had a bit of a mouthwatering effect — which, strangely enough, coincided with an extremely astringent, borderline cotton-mouth feeling. Overall, even after following the suggested time/temperature, the tea was still quite rough for me. It reminded me more of a young raw pu-erh than a green tea. I think that if a person likes those more rough, young raw pu-erh, then this should be enjoyable to them. If those sorts of tea are too abrasive, then this would be a tea to avoid — I did not find it to be easy or gentle on my stomach. I could barely have two 4 oz cups before my stomach just couldn't take anymore. As a note, I find it strange that my experiences were so different than others. It feels almost like I'm describing a completely different tea. I wonder if a different year's harvest conditions really makes that much difference. If so, wow. This Organic Bai Hao (White Downy) Green Tea is produced in Guangxi, and the material of this tea is Bai Hao tea tree, which belongs to large-leaf species. And it has corn incense and its taste are richer than the tea bushes of Zhejiang, Hangzhou tea area, which usually has chestnut flavor. So the large-leaf species tea tree is more suitale for making pu'erh tea. However, due to the rich flavor, so the green tea made by large-leaf species can brew for many steeps than other green tea. But if we brew it very long, it will taste astringent. We have also changed the recommend brewing way on our site, with this method, you will taste the sweet fruity and a little corn incense in the first two steeps. And the following steeps will still have full taste and fragrance, produce a secretion of saliva and without the strong astringent note. Hope this new method will help you find a better taste of this tea!
It's sweet with a taste that is different from the others chinese green teas I know, but I'm not ver good at describing flavors. A nice nice and a very good value anyway, as usually with teavivre entry green teas.
I don’t drink a lot of green tea. I prefer the high-octane black teas, particularly while I am working. But, I liked the name of this free sample from Teavivre and knew (based on the great track record Teavivre has, with me enjoying virtually all of their offerings) that this one was worth a try. When I opened the silver sample package, the long wrinkled green leaves strongly reminded me of something that is smoked instead of drunk. The unbrewed odor also kind of reminded me of the same…uh…herb. I followed Teavivre’s guidelines and brewed the leaves for five minutes (the recommended maximum) at 195 degrees (the instructions said 194 degrees but what’s one degree between friends?). The steeped color was a brilliant gold. The flavor was nutty and slightly grassy but exceptionally smooth. I didn’t detect any other flavors riding piggyback on this. However, there also was an underlying tangy sweetness to the taste that I liked immensely. The slightly sweet and airy aftertaste floated gently on my palate until it regrettably drifted away. Teavivre has done it again! They have taken a tea that is usually low on my priority list and made it so enjoyable that I heartily recommend it. If I ever get to retire one day, and no longer need the full-body thunderbolt that black tea gives me in the morning, I will positively include AT LEAST ONE green tea to leisurely sip while I slowly churn back and forth in my rocker. Thank you, Teavivre!
Extremely refreshing tea. I usually drink it during meals no for breakfast. Never bitter it matches perfectly with savoury foodstuff. I love it!
Extremely good green tea. It has a sweet taste reminiscent of sweet corn, with a velvety texture. The scent of the dry leaves is amazing as well and reminds me of olives. Very fresh and fragrant. Never bitter. It also has a warming sensation in the stomach, which I find very relaxing. I will buy again for sure!
Wow! Wow! Wow! Where do I start. Love the fact that it is organic. Love the warm flavors of nuttiness and mild sweetness. Love the price. And for me I experienced high levels of energy after drinking this Organic Bai Hao.
What a pleasant surprise trying this new tea for the first time.
Interesting tea with strong character. Long twisty leaves have strong aroma of grass, vegetal and herbs. The leaves open up into rather big whole leaves and buds. The brew is yellow with bold herb aroma with some grass in it. The taste is also strong and bold. It's nutty, savoury, herby, slightly sweet with some astrigency. Not bitter at all. Really good for daily tea, but savoury and herby green teas are just not my thing that's why 4 stars. But if you are into those kind of teas, this is 5 stars for you.
Bright and green. Strong brothy and vegetal flavors.
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