I received this 2020 Bai Mu Dan Wuyi oolong tea from a company called Verdant Tea.
This is a Da Bai varietal which was picked in typical Bai Mu Dan style, incorporating smaller tea buds into the tea.
Brand: Verdant Tea
Harvest: Spring, 2020
Location: Wuyishan Ecological Preserve, Wuyishan, Fujian, China
Elevation: 600 Meters
Tea Varietal: Da Bai
I wanted to review this tea by using my gaiwan, but unfortunately, I broke the lid.
So, now I am using a hei cha as my brewing vessel, and then pouring it through a stainless steel filter into my gaiwan cup.
The directions say to steep this for 5 seconds and add a few seconds each time.
However, I steeped it for 10 seconds.
Very flavorful for such a quick steep, and the brew has a pretty dark color.
Notes of toasted rice, cocoa, with light floral bouquet.
A full-flavored minerality, a slight hint of astringency, with minimal bitterness.
Mouth-feel is significant for such a low brew time.
A lingering taste on the palette.
Brewed for 15 seconds
A little more astringent, with similar flavor notes.
Brewed for 20 seconds.
The brew is still looking dark.
The flavor has mellowed out a little bit on the third steep.
Less astringency, no bitterness at all.
The tea still has a reasonable mouth-feel.
Even on the third steep, it has a taste which clings to the mouth.
I love this tea and I find it very enjoyable.
It’s brews a strong cup of tea with minimal steep time and has a refined taste.
In my opinion, this Bai Mu Dan Wuyi oolong tea highlights a lot of the qualities which are attractive in an oolong tea.