Yunnan Yue Guang Bai Air-Dried White tea * Spring 2018

Tea type
White Tea
Ingredients
White Tea Leaves
Flavors
Almond, Apple, Basil, Butter, Cinnamon, Coriander, Cream, Cucumber, Eucalyptus, Grass, Hay, Honeydew, Lemon Zest, Malt, Marshmallow, Mineral, Oats, Peanut, Pear, Plum, Straw, Sugarcane, Toast, Vanilla, Watermelon, Wheat, Wood, Honey, Melon
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Caffeine
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Average preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 0 min, 30 sec 6 g 4 oz / 119 ml

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  • “Here is another review of a Yunnan white tea that I drank back in the spring of 2020. This was the last of those teas that I drank before moving on to a whole bunch of Chinese black teas and...” Read full tasting note
    88
  • “(This review is actually for the Spring 2019 harvest of YS’s Yue Guang Bai Air-Dried White Tea.) This tea has a lot to give. I started at 60˚C and increased by 4-5˚C for each infusion – got 5 solid...” Read full tasting note
    88
  • “I’ve had this since September when I threw it into my YS.us order. It’s quite good, especially at $6/50g. Fairly one-dimensional, but it offers a nice taste of sweet malt as YS describes it. I like...” Read full tasting note
    65

From Yunnan Sourcing

This is a special tea made from Yunnan Large Leaf varietal tea in Jinggu. The tea is picked in autumn season, wilted slightly and then dried with warm wind tunneled through the tea until it is dry. The tea shares a somewhat similar look and taste with white tea when it is young but over time will develop into something closer to red tea (hongcha).

The taste is sweet and thick with malty tones and the tea can be brewed 7 or 8 times before losing its flavor.

Production period: Spring 2018

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3 Tasting Notes

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Here is another review of a Yunnan white tea that I drank back in the spring of 2020. This was the last of those teas that I drank before moving on to a whole bunch of Chinese black teas and oolongs. Interestingly enough, this was also the first loose leaf Yue Guang Bai from Yunnan Sourcing that I tried. I had tried some of their Yue Guang Bai dragon balls in the past, but never their regular loose leaf version. I found it to be a very good offering. I have no clue why I never got around to trying any of the previous productions.

I prepared this tea gongfu style. After a standard 10 second rinse, I steeped 6 grams of loose tea leaves in 4 fluid ounces of 180 F water for 5 seconds. This infusion was followed by 20 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 minutes 15 seconds, 1 minute 30 seconds, 2 minutes, 3 minutes, 5 minutes, 7 minutes, 10 minutes, 15 minutes, 20 minutes, and 30 minutes.

Prior to the rinse, the dry tea leaves emitted aromas of hay, wood, marshmallow, cinnamon, and eucalyptus. After the rinse, new aromas of peanut, butter, and straw emerged. The first infusion introduced aromas of cream, oats, and cucumber. In the mouth, the tea liquor presented notes of hay, wood, straw, grass, cream, oats, wheat toast, and cucumber that were balanced by subtler impressions of peanut, malt, butter, and eucalyptus. The majority of the following infusions added aromas of malt, grass, coriander, lemon zest, basil, apple, and wheat toast to the tea’s bouquet. Stronger and more immediately detectable notes of malt, peanut, and eucalyptus emerged in the mouth with mineral, coriander, basil, watermelon rind, vanilla, honeydew, plum, marshmallow, apple, pear, almond, lemon zest, and sugarcane notes in tow. A hint of cinnamon was left on the back of the throat after each swallow. As the tea faded, the liquor continued emphasizing notes of malt, minerals, wheat toast, wood, hay, cucumber, cream, lemon zest, and sugarcane that were chased by hints of grass, almond, oats, apple, plum, pear, honeydew, and watermelon rind.

This was not the smoothest or most balanced Yue Guang Bai I have ever tried, but it was extremely aromatic and flavorful. The tea liquor displayed good body and texture in the mouth, and the tea also displayed incredible longevity in a lengthy gongfu session. This one was a winner in my book.

Flavors: Almond, Apple, Basil, Butter, Cinnamon, Coriander, Cream, Cucumber, Eucalyptus, Grass, Hay, Honeydew, Lemon Zest, Malt, Marshmallow, Mineral, Oats, Peanut, Pear, Plum, Straw, Sugarcane, Toast, Vanilla, Watermelon, Wheat, Wood

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 6 g 4 OZ / 118 ML

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(This review is actually for the Spring 2019 harvest of YS’s Yue Guang Bai Air-Dried White Tea.)

This tea has a lot to give. I started at 60˚C and increased by 4-5˚C for each infusion – got 5 solid infusions out of it!

Clean shaving foam, sweet cotton candy, melon, tropical fruit.

Brewed this in my Yixing zisha pot and also got the additional clay-ey smell (probably from the pot) which I recognised as the formerly unidentifiable scent of hairdressers – maybe from hair mud masks? Haha. This tea is not bad brewed in a pot (I heard from Mei Leaf that white teas like steady heat so clay is good for heat retention) though I think the clay does absorb some of the higher aromatics, but this tea has enough depth to it even in the medium and bass notes that there’s still a lot to enjoy despite that. Fantastic, esp for the price!

Rating: 88

Flavors: Honey, Melon

Preparation
140 °F / 60 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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I’ve had this since September when I threw it into my YS.us order. It’s quite good, especially at $6/50g. Fairly one-dimensional, but it offers a nice taste of sweet malt as YS describes it. I like the mouthfeel, it’s very refreshing while remaining thick-bodied. I much prefer YS’s “three aroma” bai mu dan: even though I enjoy this tea as well, the former is just more complex and an improvement in every way. Certainly very good as a nice tea to begin or end a day with, but don’t too much from it!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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