I'm not sure if I've ever needed a relaxing cup of tea more than I have this week. It's tax season so I've spent the past few days hunkered down next to my box of receipts and tax documents making sure I have everything in order for the tax man. I took a short break to drop my son off for his first day of preschool, then out for a slice of celebratory pie afterwards—it was Pi day after all—before spending the rest of the night looking at numbers. As I mentioned yesterday, I'm not mathematically inclined in the slightest, so tax season always leaves me with a huge tension headache.
I must have gone through nearly a gallon of tea over the past two days in my effort to relax, most of which happened to be a fabulous tea sent to me by Teasenz— Anji White Tea (Bai Cha). The name is a bit of a misnomer, this is actually a green tea, but as the leaves are exposed to hot water they turn white, hence the name bai cha or white tea. The flavor is delicate, with a slightly nutty undertone and creamy texture. The vegetal flavor of this tea is strong, but it doesn't over power the more subtle flavors. There is a nice balance to this tea and a slight sweetness—this cup lacks for nothing and I find I could drink a lot of it (and certainly have over the past few days.)
Would I order this again? Absolutely! After having several cups of tea I understand why it is so highly sought-after.
Where to Purchase
Fresh and creamy soft with notes of citrus and nuts. From Anji, the town of dense bamboo forests and tea cultivation, comes Anji Bai Cha, one of the rarest of all Chinese teas. With long, delicate, vivid green leaves, Anji white tea is beautiful in every sense of the word. A tea connoisseur’s dream.
Suggested Brewing Tips
Serving Size: 2 - 5 grams per serving
Water Temp: 175°F
Steep Time: 4-5 minutes
In an effort to be open with my readers I want to let you know that Teasenz has provided me with a sample for review purposes. As always, all opinions are my own.