White Cockscomb (Bai ji Guan)

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Bai Ji Guan Oolong Tea, according to the legend this tea name of this marvellous tea (White Cockscomb) was given by a monk in memorial of a courageous rooster that sacrificed his life while protecting his baby from an eagle. Touched by the display of courage and love, the monk buried the rooster and from that spot, the Bai Ji Guan tea bush grew. Bai Ji Guan’s wonderful complex taste makes it one of the best Oolong in the world. Organically grown.

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I discovered this tea, while looking for a viable organic Wuyi tea to make a staple. It’s a rather unknown vendor, but the tea arrived a little scathed through its’ simple loose packaging, something that affected their score.

I brewed this shy of a boil, on one minute ascending brews, in a prewarmed gaiwan. The leaf quality is dark, and rather questionable leaf size (maybe due to the packaging), but overall, large leaves with no contrast of green. This tea yields a rather more complex cup of Wuyi tea. It’s colour is darker than a normal Wuyi. A continuos honeylike taste, mixed in with my favorite earthy harmonizing notes, with appropriate amounts of muskiness, and a pea size amount of subtle smokiness. It ends with a sweet aftertaste.

I consider this a well rounded organic Wuyi, but it loses a bit too much body for me on it’s second cup, but its’ taste sets it separate from other Wuyi oolongs. I would drink this again if I wanted a bit of change in Wuyi. I would score this even or slightly higher to Zhi Tea’s Wuyi oolong, if the packaging was more appropriately handled, and could draw more cups.

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