Bai Jiguan (2018)

Tea type
Oolong Tea
Ingredients
Oolong Tea Leaves
Flavors
Almond, Basil, Bread, Butter, Cannabis, Caramel, Carrot, Chestnut, Coriander, Cream, Custard, Dandelion, Fruity, Grass, Green Apple, Hay, Honey, Lettuce, Licorice, Mineral, Mushrooms, Orange Zest, Parsley, Peanut, Pear, Plum, Spinach, Straw, Vanilla, Vegetal, Violet, Camphor, Citrusy, Coffee, Compost, Floral, Forest Floor, Freshly Cut Grass, Gardenias, Graham Cracker, Osmanthus, Peach, Sugar, Sweet, Tangy, Yeasty
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Caffeine
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Average preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 g 3 oz / 94 ml

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  • “I’m still posting reviews of samples I finished in late 2020 and early 2021. There were so many of them. This was yet another. It was the first sample from Old Ways Tea that I finished during my...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Caveat: I haven’t even been able to enjoy tea since I’ve been home from dogsitting and have in fact drank very little. This tea is just ok for me. It’s complex and strange as baijiguan is. Try...” Read full tasting note

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You don’t have to be an expert to tell a Bai Jiguan bush apart from the rest in the spring. The new leaves are a much lighter green than any other tea. A quick look at the finished leaves confirms this fact, this tea is quite different than the other Wuyi oolongs.

The dry leaves have a scent like a pan fried green tea. This batch has been given a light charcoal roast. The tea brews to a light straw color.

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I’m still posting reviews of samples I finished in late 2020 and early 2021. There were so many of them. This was yet another. It was the first sample from Old Ways Tea that I finished during my second attempt at reducing the number of them. Prior to trying this tea, I had never tried a Bai Ji Guan from this particular vendor. I wasn’t sure what to expect at first, but luck was on my side. This tea was a winner.

I prepared this tea gongfu style. After a 10 second rinse, I steeped 5 grams of loose tea leaves in 3 fluid ounces of 203 F water for 5 seconds. This infusion was followed by 18 additional infusions. Steep times for these infusions were as follows: 7 seconds, 9 seconds, 12 seconds, 16 seconds, 20 seconds, 25 seconds, 30 seconds, 40 seconds, 50 seconds, 1 minute, 1 minute 15 seconds, 1 minute 30 seconds, 2 minutes, 3 minutes, 5 minutes, 7 minutes, 10 minutes, and 15 minutes.

Prior to the rinse, the dry tea leaves produced aromas of roasted carrot, custard, dandelion, orange zest, hay, honey, and longan that were underscored by a subtle roasted parsnip scent. After the rinse, new aromas of grass, straw, roasted peanut, roasted chestnut, and coriander emerged with touches of cannabis. The first infusion introduced aromas of watercress and dandelion greens. In the mouth, the tea liquor presented notes of butter, cream, baked bread, longan, honey, dandelion, roasted chestnut, grass, hay, coriander, roasted carrot, and roasted parsnip that were balanced by hints of straw, pear, roasted almond, plum, watercress, custard, dandelion greens, and cattail shoots. The majority of the subsequent infusions added aromas of minerals, plum, roasted almond, parsley, basil, cream, butter, spinach, mushroom, and baked bread to the tea’s bouquet. Stronger and more immediately notable impressions of straw, roasted almond, pear, plum, watercress, dandelion greens, and cattail shoots emerged in the mouth alongside notes of minerals, parsley, basil, caramel, lettuce, violet, orange zest, spinach, and mushroom. Hints of roasted peanut, vanilla, licorice, green onion, cannabis, and green apple could also be picked out in places. As the tea faded, the liquor continued to emphasize notes of minerals, grass, hay, coriander, pear, baked bread, cream, butter, dandelion greens, and roasted almond that gave way to a swell of subtler parsley, green apple, lettuce, caramel, mushroom, licorice, spinach, straw, watercress, roasted carrot, roasted parsnip, longan, and violet impressions.

Generally, Bai Ji Guan is a complex, vegetal tea with a sharp, crisp texture to its liquor, so this tea ticked all of the boxes. What I did not expect, however, was for it to be so superbly layered and balanced. There were actually some impressions present that I did not expect to perceive. Overall, this was a tremendously enjoyable and memorable tea and a very fine example of a traditional Bai Ji Guan. It was the equal of some of the more expensive teas of this type that one can find on the international market.

Flavors: Almond, Basil, Bread, Butter, Cannabis, Caramel, Carrot, Chestnut, Coriander, Cream, Custard, Dandelion, Fruity, Grass, Green Apple, Hay, Honey, Lettuce, Licorice, Mineral, Mushrooms, Orange Zest, Parsley, Peanut, Pear, Plum, Spinach, Straw, Vanilla, Vegetal, Violet

Preparation
5 g 3 OZ / 88 ML

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Caveat: I haven’t even been able to enjoy tea since I’ve been home from dogsitting and have in fact drank very little. This tea is just ok for me. It’s complex and strange as baijiguan is. Try a baijiguan rock oolong if you never have and want to throw your tastebuds for a little loop.

I debated editing out a portion of my life because it sounds whiney (frankly, I’m scared), but I have friends here so it stays, just moved below.

I tried some big girl panties on for size the past several weeks to push through exhaustion and anxiety. Even big girl panties rip when you’re dragging ass like my cat did across the rug the other day… And all the bits of myself I didn’t want people to see came out in full force last week. Hello, vulnerability. Yes, my cat looks at me with shame when she’s dragging ass, the same look my dog used to give while experiencing the joy of peristalsis over a very sad parcel of sandy soil in a sidewalk that once housed a tree on a steep block in San Francisco until somebody drunkenly parallel parked into the tree. That’s the look I was giving the world last week with my knitted brow. A combination of shame and “Protect me, I’m vulnerable right now”, which quickly morphed into the look of chronic pain — a defocused gaze and disinterested body language that many seem to take as a personal affront. The sweater I knitted wasn’t going over so well at work so I opted to take off the past few days.

What all that whining comes down to is I’ve had a hernia? for several months that I think may be putting pressure on a nerve in my leg which is causing my right hip to crumple beneath me along with that dull, throbbing pain that mutes any pleasurable moments one may have in the midst of SAD season. Makes doing my job difficult and I can’t work out at all. Due to changes in health insurance providers and a period without any insurance, I had put off going to the doctor until last week. I was scheduled for an immediate consultation with the surgeon, which is thankfully today.

Flavors: Camphor, Carrot, Citrusy, Coffee, Compost, Floral, Forest Floor, Freshly Cut Grass, Fruity, Gardenias, Graham Cracker, Mineral, Mushrooms, Osmanthus, Peach, Sugar, Sweet, Tangy, Yeasty

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
mrmopar

Oh Gosh! Hernia , not good news. if I had read this first you would have had a longer email. I sure hope and pray you can get through it. I had a repair that put me out 8 weeks from work. Now I try to be careful not to repeat getting one.

ashmanra

Oh no! I am so sorry to hear this! I don’t know if there is anything on there that can help you, but maybe check out StopChasingPain on insta and see if there is anything that might help with the hip/leg pain! I will definitely be praying for you and hope you get relief soon! I have to keep up with lots of physical therapy exercises and stretches to keep myself moving so I hope you find something that works for you!

Martin Bednář

Oh my…
It sounds like a big trouble and I have nothing to write about it. I have totally no adivce, because, I never had a hernia. It was moreover quite hard to go through the text, as, you used probably lots of idioms; or phrases hard to translate. But that’s joys of not being native speaker.

I just hope, that everything will be fine soon, doc will find some treatment that will work for you. I will pray for you as well. There is nothing much more I can do. But I still hope you will find again some days when you really can enjoy everything, including teas!

gmathis

Praying that some sunshine finds you today—inside and out!

tea-sipper

Not whining. wishing you luck and health, derk.

Shanie O Maniac

Ouch! I hope you are ok. I will send good vibes and lots of prayers your way! I have never had a hernia before (I think) so I really have no advice. But I can pray for you. Here’s hoping things improve shortly.

derk

Thank you all, to those here and those that responded in private message. I would like to respond to all individually soon <3

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