Big White

Strong leaf aroma, notes of stone fruit.

Big White is an exceptional, handmade "fresh" white tea grown in Fujian Province. This is a tea not typically sold outside of China as it is made in small lots and consumed locally. This white has a big flavor as it is processed using a varietal rarely made to the "Bai" or white tea class. 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 unusually deep yellow-gold cup color, a vibrant cup aroma, complexity in flavor and a sweet aftertaste. Lot #1.

Lot Notes
The tea maker specializes in crafting a annual selection of teas to local taste customs. This lot impressed us as it is a white tea but offers so much more cup flavor than conventional white teas. With the first taste, it was noted how much personality in flavor this tea brought to the palate.

Tea Facts
The lot was harvested Pre-Qing Ming, in the first pluck of the season. By appearance and aroma, this tea resembles a White Peony. This lot was made using the Mei Zhan varietal giving it an aroma and flavors stronger than the more conventional whites from the Fuding area. It is delicious served at room temperature.

Tasting Notes
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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  • 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.