Tea Hunting Stories — bai hao
This is Mr. Gao's High Mountain Bai Hao (Oriental Beauty). His Bai Hao tea garden is located at an elevation of around 1,600 m (5,250 ft). Unlike most Bai Hao gardens, the cultivar in his garden is Jin Xuan instead of the usual Qing Xin Da Mao. Using Jin Xuan is possible because it’s a high mountain garden.
The trees in the garden are only for Oriental Beauty, and are picked only once a year. He then lets the trees rest for the remainder of the year. Tea trees, like people, could get exhausted if they are overworked. Mr. Gao thinks of his trees as people, so he does not overburden them.
After a long search for premium Bai Hao, we are pleased to introduce this tea, the only Oriental Beauty in our collection. Since this tea is made of only young leaves, Bai Hao is not produced as productively as other teas. In other words, if a Bao Zhong garden produces 10kg of tea, an Oriental Beauty garden of the same size produces only 1-2kg of tea. This leads to Oriental Beauty’s high cost. The most distinct feature of Oriental Beauty is its unique honey scent (Mi Xiang). Oriental Beauty owes this scent to a small insect called Jacobiasca formosana, which...