Hidden Dragon: Anji Bai Cha

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Anji Bud Infused
Anji Bai Cha First Harvest of Spring

Our recent travels in Zhejiang Province 浙 江 also included a trip to the land of bamboo forests (where Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon was filmed) and tea gardens amongst the hills.

Before touring the tea garden, we of course sampled the tea processed the day before. This is a small family operation, where the tea is processed by hand next door to their home.

Tea leaf freshly picked, awaiting processing

After withering, the leaf is shuffled back and forth in this machine, rounding the edges of the bud, and shaping the leaf into a needle-like appearance.

Finished Leaf, ready to drink at Stone Leaf Teahouse

Anji Bai Cha安吉白茶 is a fairly new cultivar discovered in Huzhou prefecture 湖州, the home of Lu Yu, the Sage of Tea.  Tea from this cultivar produces a unique white bud with dark veins when infused.

The tea gardens of Anji are relatively young, only twenty years old. Harvests are made in the early spring with utmost care to pick only the top bud and young leaf, producing a delicate and smooth liquor.

Anji Tea Gardens

Tea from these gardens, harvested by this family, are now being served in Middlebury, Vermont!

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  1. […] this unique tea variety is hard to find but worth the search. (to read more about Anji Bai Cha, click here)  The other tea I chose for this head-to-head match up was the White Buddha Long Jing.  What […]

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