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An Ji Bai Cha

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Green Tea

 

An Ji Bai Cha

 

Oxidation: none
Manufacture: pan-fired and hand-rolled

 

Appearance: long, thin, fine, needle-shaped leaf
Flavor: ultra-fresh, clean, complex and well-balanced, elegant eastern China green tea taste
Aroma: sweet fresh scent of an early spring tea garden
Liquor: light green with some gold highlights

 

An Ji County
Zhejiang Province, China

2018 Yu Qian / Before the Rains
2nd Spring Harvesting Season
(April 5th-April 20th)

 

China Spring Green Tea:

 

Chinese spring green teas are categorized by four seasonal designations indicating which time in the spring the tea was picked and manufactured. The earlier the tea is plucked the smaller the yield of that tea will be and the more expensive the tea will be. The earliest plucked teas are the most desirable for sweetness and delicacy, and the fever for these teas is high in China as well as in the West. Chinese spring green teas are only plucked once a year in their designated harvesting seasons.

 

 – Early spring plucked teas:

 

Pre-Qing Ming tea: 1st Spring Harvesting Season from end of March to before April 5th.

 

Pre-Qing Ming teas are the first teas plucked each new spring season. Depending on the location and altitude in each tea-producing region, leaf plucking can begin as early as the middle week of March and continue until April 5th.

 

Pre-Qing Ming teas command the highest prices because the demand for these teas outpaces the supply each spring. This is especially true for Famous Teas such as Gan Lu, Long Ding, Longjing, Lu Shan, Tai Ping Hou Kui, and Zhu Ye Qing.

 

Yu Qian /Before the Rain tea: 2nd Spring Harvesting Season from April 5th to April 20th

 

– Late spring plucked teas:

 

Gu Yu tea: 3rd Spring Harvesting Season from April 21st to May 6th

 

Li Xia tea: 4th Spring Harvesting Season from May 7th until
May 21st

 

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Use 1 Tablespoon (2-3 grams) per 6 oz water
Steep 2-3 infusions at 2 minutes each.
Water temperature should be 170°F-180° F

This stunning green tea causes much confusion when descriptions of it fly. It is one of the most beautiful green teas to admire – the individual leaves are little works of art and the consistent shape and size makes one ponder with admiration the wondrous nature of hand-processed tea.

And WOW – the 2018 ‘edition’ of Tea Trekker An Ji Bai Cha is absolutely spectacularly delicious! We think it may be the best tasting and certainly most highly aromatic An Ji Bai Cha that we have ever tasted, including the many that we have tasted in China! So if you have ever been, or are now intrigued with this special tea – this should be the year to try it. You will never regret having tasted such a perfect version of this revered leaf.

Some refer to it as a white tea because much is made by Chinese tea growers of the white color of the fresh leaves on the tea bushes before the tea is plucked in the spring. This color of course changes to green after the fresh leaf has been processed into green tea, the category of tea that defines the style and processing methodology of An Ji Bai Cha.

This tea is relatively new and has been in commercial production only since the 1980’s. Chinese tea historians believe that a scattered few of these tea bushes, discovered growing wild in the late 1970’s, were descendant plants of the original Bai Cha tea bushes that were the source of the ‘white’ tea that was so beloved by Song dynasty Emperor Song Hui Hong.

Today, enough tea bushes have been propagated in An Ji County to create a small amount of this tea each spring. The harvest is short and the crop is small. This tea is prized for its sweetness and high amino acid content, which gives the tea a rich mouthfeel and a very calming effect.

Fans of smooth Spring Green teas such as our Fo Cha Buddha’s Tea or Huangshan Mao Feng will want to experience this An Ji Bai Cha.  Both of these teas express the ultra-fresh, clean, complex and well-balanced eastern China green taste that we find very exciting and delicious.

The Anj Ji Bai Cha tea growing area is now a protected tea harvesting zone and only tea plucked within the designated area can be considered authentic An Ji Bai Cha.