Right after breakfast, I wanted to drink something refreshing. I still have a couple of samples Tea Joint kindly sent me a few weeks ago and I picked a white tea for today’s session. Once in a while, I like to drink fresh white tea because it is something that is both refreshing and warming at the same time. That was also the case for today’s tea: a Bai Jian white tea.
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The Bai Jian is a white tea from Yunnan province and mostly consists of large buds. Now that I started learning Chinese, I actually know what bai jian means. Bái (白) means ‘white’ and jiàn (剑) means ‘sword’ or ‘blade’. I definitely see where the name comes from because the leaves really look like white blades.
The leaves consist of big, beige and hairy buds. The aroma has a candy-like sweetness to it and also some light notes of incense.
A tiny bit of sweetness and some sour notes of green apples once the leaves get wet. The colour has darkened a bit so it’s dark beige. Still amazed by the size of the buds.
- Water 80-90°C
- 5g for a 100ml porcelain gaiwan
- 1 rinse
- 6 infusions
Infusion 1 (30 sec): the liquor is really light, but that is something you can expect from a white tea. Flavours are subtle, so I’ll do a longer infusion after this one. Light sweetness with a soft hint of sour apples in the finish.
Infusion 2 (45 sec): the colour seems to be a tiny bit darker. Now the flavours are starting to come through. Fruity sweetness that slowly enters the mouth and keeps on spreading in my body. I expected this sweetness to keep on going in the aftertaste, but that is not the case.
Infusion 3 (55 sec): the intensity keeps increasing and it’s still sweet and a tiny bit fruity. In general, it’s definitely what you can expect from a good silver needle. The flavours are noticeable in the finish as well.
Infusion 4 (65 sec): the colour is a deep yellow/orange. No big changes in flavours; only soft, sweet and fruity ones. I feel that the flavours are fading a bit.
Infusion 5 (long): subtle, sweet and fruity. I’m also getting some sharper notes during this one and the flavours are fading.
Infusion 6 (long): more of the same flavours, but the leaves are spent now. I’m getting more harsh notes. There is still a sweetness somewhere in there, but you really have to look for it.
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This was a good session. The flavours were enjoyable and are what you can expect from an entry-point silver needle. The sweetness I experienced during the second and third infusion was fantastic. During the final infusions, some harsher notes were popping up, but I could still feel the fruity sweetness underneath. This is a decent tea, especially at this price point. It’s basic but good. This is what you can expect at 24 CAD for 100g.
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