Origin: Zhejiang Province, China Leaf Type: Green Tea Taste: Sweet orchid Drink: Without milk Brew: Lightly, 2-3 minutes, with water off the boil When to drink: As a luxurious treat any time of day
Anji Bai Cha is a very special green tea with a wonderfully sweet flavour to be savoured like an exceptional vintage wine. It should be drunk in peace and without distraction, when you have time to enjoy every sip.
Anji Bai Cha is produced in only very limited quantities in the hills of Anji in Zhejiang Province in China. Its name literally means 'Anji White Tea', referring to the colour of the tea's very light green leaves, which resemble white jade. The plant itself is very high in amino acids, which give the tea a rich mouth feel and smooth flavour.
With hints of orchid sweetness in its aroma Anji Bai Cha is an exceptional green tea. Incredibly delicate, we recommend using off the boil water, around 70 degrees, as boiling water destroys the flavour.
Ideally warm the pot first with a splash of hot water. Use one teaspoon (around 2g) per cup and use freshly drawn water which is heated to around 80 degrees. You can either pour the water before it reaches boiling point or allow the water to sit for a few minutes afterwards. Allow to brew for 2-3 minutes according to taste. Should be drunk without milk.
This tea has a lovely almost black current leaf flavour, along with a delicate smooth green tea taste. Light and refreshing with a little astringency this clears the palate and revives you. Best brewed lightly, and although more twig than leaf, it does not disappoint. Would be nice on a summer day. Very classy tea.