I purchased Big White again and it was amazing again. Note that I am using filtered water without a strong odor or taste, and I am heating the water to 170, using 3 grams of tea, and steeping for 3 minutes each time. Great stuff.
Big White is an exceptional, handmade "fresh" white tea grown in Fujian Province. This is a tea not typically sold outside of its area as it is made in very small lots and consumed locally. This white has a very evident, pleasing flavor as, in this case, it is processed using a cultivar that in time has developed appearance and taste characteristics of the "Bai" or white tea class. Using traditional farming methods (organically farmed but not certified), the tea maker used the Mei Zhan cultivar to craft this white, creating a tea with clear, light-yellow cup color, a vibrant cup aroma, complexity in flavor with a sweet aftertaste. Lot #1.
Lot Notes: Lot has been processed to local taste customs. We are impressed as it is classed as a white tea yet offers a variation on traditional white tea flavors. In tasting, we noted its strong aroma and its nuanced flavors. Lot was harvested in 2020 and aged for one year maturing its flavors.
Tea Facts: The lot was harvested Pre-Qing Ming in the first pluck of the season for this farm. By appearance and only somewhat in aroma, this tea reminds one of a White Peony. However, this lot was made using the Mei Zhan cultivar which gives it a sweeter aroma and sharper flavors than conventional whites.
Tasting Notes: As this varietal is slow growing, the leaf is potent, and, with skillful processing and a brief period of resting the tea, the result is a rich mouth feel. We recommend brief steeps for best taste. One will note a herbaceous flavor and a very light mineral-like aftertaste that is pleasing. There are lingering sweet notes to be appreciated.
Brewing suggestions: Leaf is large, use one rounded tablespoon for 8 ounces of water. Water temperature is best at between 185-195 degrees F. Steep for 1.5 to 2 minutes and taste. These leaves are strong, they will steep multiple times.