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What is Wu Yi Yan Cha?

This region is the pinnacle of Min Bei (northern Fujian) Wu Long. The mantra for Yan Cha is “rock bone and floral fragrance.”

While all Wu Longs are floral, the "rock bone" of Yan Cha refers to a highly desired "molten stone" mouth feel and long mineral finish. The leaves are heavily roasted to achieve a signature dark and bold aroma and taste.

The most prized Yan Cha comes from the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Wu Yi Shan. Within the limit of this scenic region, the terroir is called Zheng Yan (True Cliff).

Learn more about Yan Cha Wu Long with our Tea Fundamentals.

History of Bai Ji Guan

Origin: Shi Zi Feng, Wu Yi Shan, Fu Jian Province, China (~300-500m elevation)

Bai Ji Guan means white rooster comb. This is an albino varietal with thick and stiff leaves that resembles the look of a pale rooster comb. It is indeed the rarest of all Ming Cong (famous indigenous varietal of Wu Yi Shan). There are so few of these tea trees left in Zheng Yan (true cliff) terroir that they demand the highest price of all Ming Cong varietals (but terroir is the more dominant factor on pricing).

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Unique Albino Varietal

Bai Ji Guan is an ultra-late-budding, albino varietal. It is not ready to be harvested until a week after the main tea season of Wu Yi Shan and is reluctant to oxidize and ferment. This gives it a floral but highly umami profile.

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Tasting the 2020 Vintage

This tea is avory and umami, just like a refreshing chicken soup cooked with fresh herbs and flowers.

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If you love this guided tasting, join us monthly with our Educational Tea Club! We deep dive into two teas a month over Zoom. You'll be able to participate live and ask questions and taste the tea together with our community.

Example Curriculum

  Bai Ji Guan, Shi Zi Feng, Spring 2020
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What You'll Need

To get the most out of this session, we advise having a gong fu brewing set up ready to brew along with. A Gai WanFairness PitcherStrainer, and Three Sip Cup is recommended.

You can purchase a full gong fu brewing kit here.

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