Slices of Bai Cha

Some white teas are pressed into large book-sized bing. This one has been pressed into thin 7-gram wafers, cut, and 'bound' in individual wrappers in a pocket-sized box, like so many pages of a tiny tea tome. The book-themed individual packaging makes it the perfect tea for travel and obviates the need for measurement: simply use a whole slice or break one in two for your gongfu cha session. Available as a single slice, in cartons of 6 slices, and boxes of 4 cartons.

This Shou Mei-grade white tea from Yunnan has been slightly aged, and the variegated leaves exude a gentle infusion with a nice balance of starchiness and acidity. Aromas of cooked apricots, a hint of yeast, and a touch of florality and peppercorn enliven the long and otherwise clean finish—think of wandering an outdoor market on a fine spring day. Perhaps a perfect white tea for a summer picnic or a late-night comfort when travelling distant lands.

See Slices of Sheng and Slices of Shu for pu'er with the same style of pressing.

  • ORIGIN:  Lincang, Yunnan, China
  • PRODUCER:  Guanzhi Zhai Tea Company
  • MEANING:  Meditations (chensi lu)
  • CULTIVAR:  Da Ye Zhong
  • HARVEST TIME:  10 May, 2018
  • TASTE:  Cooked apricot, white flowers, peppercorn
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  • Quantity: ~7g slice / 500ml
  • Water temperature: 90°C
  • Infusion time: 5 min
  • Quantity: ~3.5g half-slice / 100ml
  • Water temperature: 90°C
  • Several infusions: 60, 60, 90, 90, 120,… sec

Start with one minute. Increase the brewing time for each subsequent infusion or two.
For best results in gongfu cha, brew in a gaiwan or an Yixing teapot.

Additional Information

The producers have lyrically named the packets of page-like slices after works of philosophy—in this case, Marcus Aurelius's philosophical autobiography Meditations.