Thursday, January 24, 2013

Wild Tea Qi Ancient White Bud Bar Tea

Country of Origin: China
Leaf Appearance: compressed blocks, covered in downy hair
Ingredients: white tea
Steep time: 1 minute
Water Temperature: 175 degrees
Preparation Method: ceramic gaiwan
Liquor: pale gold

I tasted the loose leaf version of this tea at World Tea East and had not been able to get it out of my mind since. I finally made the leap to purchase a bar and I am so glad that I did. If there was ever a tea that could be described as transcendent, this would be it. The tea was clean and fresh with no astringency at all. It was incredibly floral yet delicate with a sweetness that lingered long after each sip. It was unbelievably aromatic from the first infusion to the last (I was able to get at least five). It was a struggle to describe this tea because I have never experienced a white tea remotely like this. I love that Wild Tea Qi gives background information on the farmers who produce their teas. The story of Chen Mi's family and their fight to keep their tea trees during the cultural revolution made me appreciate the tea even more. Check out the video Wild Tea Qi made about this tea below.

You can find out more about this tea here.