Baijiguan Oolong Tea (White Rooster)
A Class of His Own
Baijiguan Oolong Tea4
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Despite being the No 3 of Wuyi oolong, he is something of a rarity in the Mountain.
The word Baijiguan means White Rooster Crown. His tea buds are a light yellowish green with downy hairs, resembling a rooster crown.
Famous for his curative property, he became a tribute tea during the Ming dynasty. He later became the No 3 of the Famous Tea Bushes, ranking after Dahongpao and Tieluohan tea.
A difficult tea to grow and make, White Rooster is truly rare in Wuyi Mountain. Despite his widespread fame, only a small quantity of tea leaves is produced each year.
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AAA Grade (Spring 2015) - 49 grams
He is in a class of its own, unlike any other roasted teas you had before.
The dried leaves are a dark, roasted black. The liquor is a creamy bright amber with a golden luster. Take a deep breath. Can you detect the exquisite fragrance floating around? It is as if the air is not moving!
Take a sip. He is smooth and mellow, with no astringency whatsoever.
The taste is exquisitely complex, a combination of flowers, herbs and fruits. Can you feel things moving in your mouth? Do you get the fresh and lively sensation?
Get the after-feelings. Observe how your palate remains aromatic and silky long afterwards.
Should be infused with a small amount of leaves for many times.
By Nick (Hollywood)
The Rou Gui was wonderful and had great tastes of Chinese cinnamon, mineral notes from the location of soil in Wuyi Mts., sweet and long hui gan, and of course let's not forget about the elusive Yan Yun that I have only found in very high quality "zheng yan" examples of Wuyi Yan Cha.
The Baijiguan was probably in the top 10 best teas I have ever tasted. I'm not just talking about oolongs either I'm talking about all varieties of tea, this Baijiguan even competes with high quality aged puerh's that I've tried.
It has a very oily and slick mouthfeel that is wonderful and makes you want to keep drinking.
The first notes I get are of English Toffee, and perhaps a slight tinge of caramel. But then the sweetness comes out and it reminds me of some very specific fruits such as pears, and a slight hint of peach.
And then when you think this tea couldn't possibly get any better, you start getting to the heart of the leaf after about 6-9 good infusions and the Rock
By Nick (Aurora)
This Bai Ji Guan harvest is slightly different than the previous year's I've experienced from Amazing Green Tea. It seems to be roasted more but that does nothing but further add to the complexity. In fact this is the first non light roasted Bai Ji Guan that I've tasted from any vendor that retains its sweetness just as much as in a light roasted version and in fact has a more full and deep fruit flavor profile. If I had to take a guess as to which fruits I would say Lychee, Slightly Peachy, a little bit of Pear, and finally the tiniest hint of Kiwi. Absolutely fantastic even freshly roasted!
By Daniel (New York)
As always, your teas are excellent. As long as your store is open, I will be a customer.
The Bajiguan is one of the most powerful teas I've ever had. I like to stock up on it before the winter as it is excellent for fighting colds. There is something very special about that tea that I just can't quite put my finger on.
This years Taiping Houkui is really good as well.
By Rodney (Saint Paul)
This is another fine Wuxi Mountain tea. We drink this in the morning after steeping at 180 degrees F. for three minutes in a preheated pot.
For further information about packaging, brewing, maturation and storage, read Wuyi Tea - Further Guide.