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  • “This is a scrumptious, organic anji bai cha. This tea is picked in the Spring. My purchase was made a year ago, and the tea has been stored since then in small portions in the freezer or...” Read full tasting note

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Producing place: Anji, Zhejiang Province
Grade: Superior, Organic
Shape: straight, oblate, as the shape of orchid
Tea soup: limpid, bright
Fragrance: strong, fresh, cool
Mouth feel: fresh, sweet, producing saliva
Brewing method: boiled water of 80 to 85 Celsius degrees, glasses are preferred

Anji bai cha is made with green tea process, and should be treated as a green tea. The name, anji bai cha, meaning “anji white tea,” was given because it is picked from the white tea variety of tea bushes and because the tea is a very light, luscious, high-grown green tea. Anji bai cha contains one of the highest levels of the calming amino acid l-theanine of any tea. It is of white color because its raw material is adopted from tea plants whose tender leaves are white. This organic anji bai cha, bright and lubricating, is of a fine and elegant figure, its shape being like a feather, and its color being as jade green frost. After it is brewed, the leaves unfold naturally, appearing jade white color with emerald green veins. Anji white tea has a strong and fresh aroma, which lasts very long. It harbors a special charm that other green teas don not have, namely its cooling fragrance just like as white snow dancing down to the gracile bamboos. That’s might be the local charm of Anji. Beside, Anji white tea has a glycyrrhizin taste, sweet and fresh. Anji white tea, with small amount of tea polyphenol, contains the largest amount of amino acid among all teas, that’s why it only has slight bitterness but with strong health-caring efficacy.

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This is a scrumptious, organic anji bai cha. This tea is picked in the Spring. My purchase was made a year ago, and the tea has been stored since then in small portions in the freezer or refrigerator. So, even though it is a year old, it is still quite good. It is so tender and delicious that I always eat the steeped leaves afterwards as I would any nutritious cooked vegetable.

The initial steep or two are not my favorite; sometimes I toss them out. This is a “hong qing lu cha” (green tea baked to dry) and perhaps it is that process which creates the effect that the first couple of steeps are not as luscious as the following ones. I like the nutty tones of the flavor. Compared to another famously nutty flat-baked Spring green tea, ‘long jing’ aka ‘lung ching’ aka ‘dragonwell,’ anji bai cha is a less fussy steeper with similar aroma and flavor profile but lighter and jucier. Given a choice between the two, I would usually pick the anji bai cha. I also enjoy the citrus notes, simultaneously tangy and creamy, and the great throat-moistening qualities of the tea. The high levels of l-theanine, a calming amino acid, give it positive marks in the health category. I steeped 5 grams of leaf in a 3-ounce glass pot for a total of 8 steeps. That’s over 20 ounces of tea. Sometimes I steep a larger pot and ice it … so thirst-quenching.

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Joshua Smith

It’s interesting to see that frozen green teas actually retain their flavor well. Also, the iced version sounds really good, especially since I just finished some yard work, and a haven’t quite finished re-hydrating.

Pamela Dean

Joshua, frozen dry teas, in my experience, do stay amazingly fresh, compared to those left at room temp. Mine are double-sealed in the freezer. That is, they are in tiny sealed ziploc bags or tightly folded foil packets, which are then placed inside a larger, tightly sealed container. Extra care against absorbing odors from other things in the freezer and fridge is necessary for good results. The teas which are worth this extra care are white tea silver buds, fine early spring greens, and very green oolongs (which lose their floral notes very quickly unless vacuum-packed, frozen, or both). Where these teas can be purchased vacuum-packed in small quantities and the user intends to consume them slowly, the extra cost is a good investment. My finest vacuum-packed teas go in the refrigerator, as well.

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