Tea Tasting Disclaimer — I just want to let my readers and followers know that although I am an STI Certified Tea Specialist, my tea tasting — for reviews — does not follow the standard procedure for tasting and reviewing teas. I feel it is important to know how a tea will taste under normal day to day conditions of the average tea enthusiast. Therefore, my reviews are based on continuous steepings, grandpa style, at 195 degree F water temperature.
Although classified and processed as a green tea, the Adagio Yu Qian Anji Bai Cha has more characteristics of a white tea — light in color, mild but sweet in flavor, without the potential for astringency if overstepped. This is a critical point for me as I enjoy my tea most times Grandpa style and this tea offered me a days worth of continuous flavor without any astringency.
I found this tea extremely enjoyable in all tea review points — appearance (dry, wet, and steeping), taste, and aroma. As you can see I was totally captivated by the “agony of the leaf” this tea offered. The dance of the tea leaves offered a beautiful slow releasing of the delicate flavors held within.
Yu Qian Anji Bai Cha is one of the Chinese samplings offered in Adagio’s Masters Collection. These hand-processed teas are quite rare outside Asia due to a very limited production and high popularity with local tea connoisseurs.
Yu Qian Anji Bai Cha is a very young plucking with spear-like leaves offering a gentle yet complex cup, it offers notes of spring flowers and sweet grass. A beautiful tea for those who want the experience of a green tea without the sharp grassiness found in other styles.
About the leaves: Grown at 900 meters above sea level the 4 cm long leaves are hand plucked in mid April, from 8 year old trees. Its local name is "Shi Nuren". With "shi" meaning stone, and "nuren" meaning woman. The metaphor being that it is difficult for the stone woman to produce children, as it is difficult for the anji tea trees to bear seeds
Summation: This tea will soon become a favorite of mine and definite re-order from Adagio Master Teas as it has all the characteristics and flavor notes I appreciate in a cuppa tea.
Raising my cuppa in appreciation of excellent teas,
The Tea and Hat Lady
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