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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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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.
Very interesting tea, my expectations wasn't high on this tea but was pleasantly surprised. Great umami flavor.
Another lovely green from Teavivre! Wow, these green teas are always amazing. The leaves are very long, wiry with a half and half mix of green and white color! It's very interesting -- I haven't seen a green tea like this. The flavor is fantastic. The first steep couldn't be better. Another perfect green tea for me. The flavor is bright, fruity, sweet with hints of corn, while also being very nutty (my favorite green type). It's tough to explain this one, as it is a very complex green. The subtlest hint of bite or astringency also makes it perfect. The resulting brew color is a cloudy light green. It's the most delicious green tea. So thirst quenching. I can't say enough about it. I really hope I remember to steep this one exactly the same next time. Steep #1 // half a sample pouch for a full mug// 32 minutes after boiling // 2 1/2 minute steep Steep #2 // 30 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep Harvest: April 2016
This most pleasant tea is flavourful and sweet, with floral and herbal notes.
Thank you, *Teavivre*, for the sample! Gongfu session with a glass pot. No rinse. Steeping times: 10 sec, 15, 10, 25, 45, 35, 45, 60, 90; 2 min. Based on the website's description, I expected a soft-going aroma, but that is not the case. The leaf - dry and wet - is strongly aromatic. Beany, buttery, grassy, and a little sweet. Fills the pot easily and escapes. Additionally, I smelled a little tobacco in the wet leaf after the second steep. The liquor is pale green, thick, and full-bodied. Full of flavor from beginning to end. For the couple steepings, I taste strong and creamy notes of buttered vegetables, beansprouts. A little bit salty. They are very much like a thick sencha, having umami like a gyokuro. Beginning with the third steeping, the flavor becomes gentler and sweeter. Each cup finishes with a cooling mint leaf. I felt considerably more energetic after drinking the sixth steeping (I consumed 1-6 within two hours, maybe about 12 oz worth). Buttery green teas aren't to my taste - they tend to be too heavy for my stomach. However, while this tasted rich, it didn't feel rich. It was tolerable. Even though I did not take to loving this, I appreciated the mint finish and aftertaste most. I recommend this as an excellent summer tea. The brewing temperature may be a little high for summer, depending, but it's worth it for the cooling note.
Brews a slightly cloudy golden yellow. Taste is beautifully sweet with a flavorful, savory fruitiness. TeaVivre’s description mentions sweet corn and I find this accurate – this is soft, sweet and mildly nutty without any grassiness. No bitterness. Lovely.
A new offering from TeaVivre! Awesome. These guys are always sourcing new, exciting teas, and I'm glad to have given this one a try. The aroma is certainly appealing, with mild peachy notes and a fruity sweetness that transforms into savory bamboo and sage. This tea carries the type of balance that makes it suitable for an everyday green tea. It drinks easily with no heaviness, and is complex enough to remain interesting on a day-to-day basis. Supporting organic agriculture is important. Thank you TeaVivre for offering clean and delicious teas such as this.
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