Big White

Strong leaf aroma, notes of stone fruit.

Big White is an exceptional, handmade "fresh" white tea grown on a small, high-elevation farm in Fujian Province. Using traditional farming methods (organically farmed but not certified), the tea maker used the Mei Zhan varietal to craft this white, creating a tea with unusual strength in aroma and complexity in flavor.  Lot # W-9 

Why we selected this lot. The tea maker is a craftsman specializing in the Mei Zhan varietal. Each year, we look forward to having the opportunity to taste his latest offerings. This tea impressed us for the strength and complexity of its flavors. It is classed as a white tea but as it is made to local custom it has a depth of taste that is uncharacteristic of a white. It brings much personality to palate.

Taste profile. As this varietal is slow growing, the leaf is potent and, with skillful processing, the result is a rich mouth feel and leaves that yield multiple steeps. (We recommend brief steeps for best taste.)   One will note rich herbaceous flavors, some stone fruit notes and a mineral-like aftertaste that is very pleasing.  Clearly, the "round" mouth feel and lingering sweet notes lovers of white teas appreciate and are characteristic of the white class are evident but the tea maker has pushed them further using the native strength of the varietal to create a bigger and richer white-tea taste.  This year's "Big White" offering is a one-of-a-kind taste experience. 

Brewing suggestions. Leaf is large, use one rounded tablespoon for 8-12 ounces of water. Water temperature is best at between 185-195 degrees F. Steep for 1.5 to 2 minutes and taste. These leaves are strong, they will steep multiple times.
 

 

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Item Number:
W-WP-MZDB-5
Province:
Fujian
Type:
White
$38.50
per
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  • 4
    A "great white"

    Posted by Harry Grimes on 13th Jan 2018

    Nearly whole leaves, which steep twice, complex flavors with notes of honey. Easily one of the best whites available in the USA.