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Anji Bai Cha Green Tea

Rich umami, silky smooth with sweet taste

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Anji Bai Cha Green Tea

Rich umami, silky smooth with sweet taste

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90% of 100
Summary
Origin:

Changxing County, Huzhou City, Zhejiang Province, China

Harvest Date:

April 5, 2019

Plucking Standard:

One bud with one or two leaves

Dry Leaf:  

Straight strips with one tea bud, yellow green in color

Aroma: 

Fresh fragrance with slight bean aroma

Liquor: 

Bright pale yellow

Taste: 

Delicate and smooth when the entrance, sweet and fresh with umami taste

Tea Bush:

Bai Ye No.1

Tea Garden:

Xishan Tea Garden

Caffeine:

Low caffeine (less than 10% of a cup of coffee)

Storage:

Store in airtight, opaque packaging; keep refrigerated

Shelf Life:

18 Months

Angel's Comment:

Mellow and sweet, very umami, just like drinking the chicken soup!

Is Anji Bai Cha a white tea?

 

No. The name of An Ji Bai Cha or An Ji White Tea confuses many people, but actually, this tea is made by the Hong Qing process of green tea, and it’s a totally unfermented tea, so it should belongs to green tea. Its name contains "white tea" because of its special tea bush species: Bai Ye No.1. In the month or so of the spring of each year, when the average temperature of the day is lower than 23°, the tea buds of the tea tree will be chlorophyll-deficient, showing a yellow-white appearance. The tea leaves picked during this period will also have yellow-green color no matter when dry or after brewed. Therefore, it is named “bai cha” (white tea in English), and this is also a unique feature of An Ji Bai Cha.

 

TeaVivre’s An Ji Bai Cha was picked before Gu Yu, by the standard of one bud with one or two leaves. Compared to other green tea, An Ji Bai Cha is rich in amino acids, which not only makes the tea has full-bodied taste, but also give people soothing effects. When brewing, we can use a transparent glass tea cup or teapot, so that to observe the tea leaves gradually stretch its graceful body. The tea liquid is sweet, mellow and sweet. In addition, you can also obviously taste its umami' taste, which leaves a very pleasing mouth feel.

Recommend Brewing Method

Cup Method

Chinese Gongfu Method

Teacup: 8.8oz / 250ml Gaiwan: 3.8oz / 110ml
185℉ / 85℃ 185℉ / 85℃
2 Teaspoons / 2g Tea 4g Tea
Brewing time: 5 - 8 mins 5 steeps: 30s, 30s, 45s, 60s, 80s
Tea Garden

Xishan Tea Garden, located in Changxing County, about 500-800 meters high. This region has fertile soil and abundant rainfall, which provides a good ecological environment for the growth of An Ji Bai Cha, and is also beneficial to the formation and accumulation of nitrogen compounds such as amino acids and nutrients in the tea leaves, laying a foundation for the delicious taste of tea.

 

 

Landscape of Xishan the tea garden

Tea Garden

Tea Garden

Tea Garden

Picking Season

Tea Farmer

Mr. Xiao was born in a tea family, his family has been surrounded by tea mountains and there are various tools for tea making in his home. Under the influence of his father, Mr. Xiao has always been interested in tea, so his father began to slowly and consciously train him to learn and make tea. After graduating from college, Mr. Xiao returned to his hometown and officially engaged in the tea industry following his father's footsteps.

Mr. Xiao said: "Since my father taught me to make tea, he have always stressed that we must make tea with our heart and great efforts." This is also the original intention of making An Ji Bai Cha. I hope more people can drink tea that made by heart and efforts.

Origin

Huzhou is the second hometown of Lu Yu, which has been producing famous tea since ancient times. This ancient city, with a history of more than 2,300 years, not only has a very good humanistic environment, but also a fertile ground for tea culture. It was once known as the “tea capital of eastern China in the Tang Dynasty”. Huzhou is close to Taihu Lake, facing Wuxi City and Suzhou City. The fertile soil and the warm climate here provide very good natural conditions for the growth of tea trees.

Map of Changxing

Tea Bush

Bai Ye No.1, the tea tree variety of An Ji Bai Cha, is mainly planted in Huzhou City, Zhejiang Province, and has been recognized as a rare tea tree variety. Compared with other tea tree species, Bai Ye No.1 is a rare and varied tea species, which belongs to low-temperature sensitive tea species which has a staged albino phenomenon. In the month or so of the spring of each year, when the average temperature of the day is lower than 23°, the tea buds of the tea tree will be chlorophyll-deficient, showing a yellow-white appearance, this is the special albino phenomenon of Bai Ye No.1. And during this period, the amino acid content of the tea leaves is also as high as 6% or more, twice that of the common tea tree variety.

Bai Ye No. 1

History

An Ji Bai Cha was produced in Anji, Huzhou, Zhejiang Province, and has a history of more than 800 years. According to the literature, An Ji Bai Cha stood out many teas ago in the Song Dynasty for its peculiar shape and excellent quality. Since then, An Ji Bai Cha vanished for many years. The existing single plant An Ji Bai Cha grows in a bamboo forest of more than 800 meters altitude. It was discovered by researchers in the 1970s and cultivated by ramets. The Anji white tea that we drink nowadays are all made by the asexual reproduction of this single plant tea tree, and quickly became one of the most popular green tea for its mellow and fresh taste.

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