This leaves of this dark oxidized oolong tea have been rolled into a ball-shape, similar to the famous green-style oolong teas of the Ali Shan region. When steeped, this tea produces a beautifully clear, reddish-amber infusion with a sweet aroma. There is a familiar, distinct flavor and sweetness unique to the Qing Xin tea cultivar used to produce this tea that comes through clearly in the cup along with some sweet spices (cinnamon perhaps?) and maybe just a touch of dried flowers. The infusion is full-bodied, well rounded in the mouth, and the aftertaste is remarkably sweet & spicy.
Although it looks like a Silver Needles-style white tea, this is
technically not a white tea at all. Strictly speaking in terms of origin
style, this is a Pu-Erh tea. It was hand-picked, processed and sun-dried
in the Spring of 2014 from cultivated Yunnan large leaf variety tea
plants grown in Yong De County, near Yunnan’s Southwestern border with
Myanmar. The beautiful silvery-down covered dry buds carry a subtly
sweet aroma reminiscent of newly dried hay. When steeped, the medium to
full-bodied, light honey-amber infusion has hints of evergreen, honey
and an herbal-sweetness with faint floral notes in the long and
These deep green nuggets of
ball-rolled, hand-picked leaves yield a full bodied, light amber
liquor which beautifully showcases this tea's unique "high mountain"
aroma. This distinctive high mountain aroma is reminiscent of lilacs or
orchids, and the amazing floral sweetness carries through in this tea's
crisp, clean flavor and impressively long-lasting bittersweet
This An Ji Bai Cha is a beautiful specimen, plucked to a one bud to two
leaf standard and rolled into a needle-like shape. When the leaves are
wet, the "white jade" color is apparent on the smaller leaf sets, and
the leaves show beautiful, darker green veins.
The dry leaf
aroma is sweet like fresh-cut grass with a hint of toasted nuts and a
touch of fresh-cut flowers. When steeped, it produces a beautiful,
crystal clear, pale "white jade" colored liquor with the sweet aroma of
young green vegetables and mildly scented flowers. The flavor is very
mild, fresh, delicately floral and a bit honey-sweet with a very clean
& refreshing aftertaste.