Drum Mountain White Cloud (Gu Shan Bai Yun)
Drum Mountain White Cloud (Gu Shan Bai Yun) - fragrant, light honey notes.
Grown at the higher elevations of the Guo Shan Mountains along the coast of Fujian Province, this tea was made popular by Buddhist monks who cultivated fields surrounding their monastery. In time, the tea became a source of revenue to support the monastery as well as providing stimulation for the monks during sessions of meditation. A white tea varietal minimally processed and using the full leaf, this tea is one of China's most natural teas. Note the slight yellow leaf coloration. This results from the leaves absorbing moisture in the days leading to harvest.
Why we selected this particular lot: We purchased this year's lot in the second week of April. By then, the weather had warmed and the tea was "sweeter" compared with earlier lots we tasted. The leaves are a bright color and its aroma crisp. Note the lack of broken leaf and its consistent coloration. In tasting, we found the lot offered round & full flavorful notes and a sweet, smooth finish.
Tasting notes: With minimal processing, the result is a mix of light-to-dark green leaves that are delicate, quite fragrant, offering a liquor suggestive of honey with a smooth, round mouth feel. White tea offers a lingering sweet aftertaste. This tea is refreshing and light and it goes well with baked goods and foods in general.
Brewing suggestions: A rounded tablespoon or 3-4 grams per 8-12 ounces of water will yield a full-bodied cup. Use water in temperature range of 185-205 F and steep for 2 to 2.5 minutes. If you drain the water from the leaves, you will get additional steeps.
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Brews to a light, clean cup. Note the round "mouth feel" this tea offers.
Grown on Gu Shan, a mountain near Fuzhou, on the coast of Fujian Province.