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Today I pulled out this sample I received from derk, probably the last one if I am not forgetting some. I have never tried Bai Ji Guan before, but I thought it could be my gateway into WuYi oolongs, as I have had a little hard time with the more roasted ones.

In a preheated gaiwan, the leaves smell of milk chocolate, gingerbread cookies, honey and dry grass. After the rinse, I get mostly quite standard rock oolong smell – mineral with a touch of cannabis. In the empty cup, I can smell mostly floral scents.

The taste of this tea is very interesting, definitely different from any other one I have had. It is savoury overall, but with plenty subtleties. At various times its aspects reminds me of sheng, Dong Ding or Tie Guan Yin. I noticed flavours in the general vicinity of mushrooms, mineral and floral ones.

The mouthfeel is complex too. Honestly, I would need quite a bit more than one session to figure it out. The liquor is thick, soft and slick generally. I also get the a sourness at the very back of the mouth that’s characteristic of TGY. After swallowing, the sensation in the mouth is mostly cooling and a little drying on the sides, while fairly constrictive in the throat.

All in all, an ok tea, but frankly not the most enjoyable or memorable.

Flavors: Biting, Bitter, Chocolate, Cookie, Dry Grass, Floral, Honey, Mineral, Mushrooms, Sour

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
derk

For me, this tea seemed to be in the same taste family that What-Cha’s Amber GABA oolong and Indonesia Harendong #12 ‘Jin Xuan’ Dark Roasted Oolong are in. I can’t explain what that family is at the moment (foggy brain), but if you didn’t enjoy those teas much, I can see why wouldn’t be so into this one. The Verdant Bai Ji Guan was a totally different and expensive tea but worth a try.

Togo

I see. I can definitely observe some similarities between those. However, hat this Bai Ji Guan reminded me the most of is a light roasted TGY. But, I am not much into those it seems either :D

I have never ordered from Verdant, although I checked their selection at some point. What’s your experience with them? Do they present a good value for money?

tanluwils

I highly recommend Wuyi Origin’s Baijiguan.

derk

Togo, with Verdant, it seems like a good portion of the consumer cost is absorbed by marketing like the website and packaging, but what do I know. Verdant does have good yancha and the price range for their current lineup with some sale prices has about 50% of the teas at less than $0.40/g for 25g packages. They do offer 5g single-serving samples which is how I opted to try their a handful of their Wuyi oolong.

I’ve been wanting to order from Wuyi Origin, so it’s nice to see a recommendation, tanluwils.

derk

Old Ways Tea has some good yancha and can be more reasonably priced. Looks like they recently added this year’s Bai Jiguan.

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derk

For me, this tea seemed to be in the same taste family that What-Cha’s Amber GABA oolong and Indonesia Harendong #12 ‘Jin Xuan’ Dark Roasted Oolong are in. I can’t explain what that family is at the moment (foggy brain), but if you didn’t enjoy those teas much, I can see why wouldn’t be so into this one. The Verdant Bai Ji Guan was a totally different and expensive tea but worth a try.

Togo

I see. I can definitely observe some similarities between those. However, hat this Bai Ji Guan reminded me the most of is a light roasted TGY. But, I am not much into those it seems either :D

I have never ordered from Verdant, although I checked their selection at some point. What’s your experience with them? Do they present a good value for money?

tanluwils

I highly recommend Wuyi Origin’s Baijiguan.

derk

Togo, with Verdant, it seems like a good portion of the consumer cost is absorbed by marketing like the website and packaging, but what do I know. Verdant does have good yancha and the price range for their current lineup with some sale prices has about 50% of the teas at less than $0.40/g for 25g packages. They do offer 5g single-serving samples which is how I opted to try their a handful of their Wuyi oolong.

I’ve been wanting to order from Wuyi Origin, so it’s nice to see a recommendation, tanluwils.

derk

Old Ways Tea has some good yancha and can be more reasonably priced. Looks like they recently added this year’s Bai Jiguan.

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Currently, I am a PhD student at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Ontario. Apart from teas and mathematics, I enjoy sports and traveling, as well as music of all kinds.

I have been a fan of green tea for a while and only recently (in 2017) started exploring other kinds of tea in greater depth. I rarely drink blends or white tea and avoid artificially scented teas. Other than that I try to keep it varied. The one thing that I am currently missing in my collection are teas from India, in particular some Darjeelings.

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