Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Shanghai Cha Anji Mountain White Tea

Country of Origin: China
Leaf Appearance: jade green, needle-like
Ingredients: green tea
Steep time: 1 minute
Water Temperature: 170 degrees
Preparation Method: glass tube steeper
Liquor: very pale

Every once in a while I across a tea that makes me say wow before I even brew it. This Anji Bai Cha was one of those elusive teas. Despite the name, it's actually a green tea whose leaves are almost white when they are unprocessed. The aroma that filled my senses as soon as I opened the tin was incredible. It was something of a cross between alfalfa hay and fresh cut apples. It lingered in the bag within my tin and I couldn't resist sticking my nose in more than once. The taste was just as delicious. It was sweet and vegetal with fruity notes and even a hint of florals. Many tea lovers that I know lean away from greens because they find them to be a bit flat when compared with the complexity of oolongs. This is a tea that challenges those judgments. The leaves were so beautiful while steeping that I had to snap some pictures to share with you all.

Anji Mountain White Tea sample provided by Shanghai Cha.