Tea Hunting Stories — loose-leaf
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.
Isn’t it beautiful? As its name indicates (野放 Ye Fang: grown in the wild), the trees are grown with other plants and organisms in nature without any artificial fertilizers.
From the dry leaves, you can smell hints of fruits, roasted nuts, and flowers. You won’t get bored by this wide spectrum of scents.
In each sip, flavors like peach, honey, Mi Xiang, orchids, and fruits are refreshingly harmonized with a little bit of sweetness and a great finish. You will sense a very vivid floral bouquet aftertaste.