• HOME >
  • New Arrival at HOJO Online Shop

New Release of Li Xiang Bai Mu Dan White Tea

[2018.01.17] Posted By


We released a new white tea, called Li Xiang Bai Mu Dan. The tea garden is located at high mountain that is about 2000-2200m. We carefully selected the garden that is free from any pesticides and fertilizers. Unlike the ordinary white tea produced in Yunnan province, for this white tea we implemented the Fujian production technique. As the result, this tea gives both floral and fruity note reminiscent of chestnut. The name Li Xiang in Chinese means chestnut flavor.

Good material is often spoiled by poor processing skills

Every year we stay in Yunnan province for a month. Our mission is to source tea from the gardens which are left in nature and using no fertilizer and no pesticide. In fact, this is the most traditional style that Yunnan people has ever practiced with their tea garden since ancient time. Nowadays, a lot of places are modernized and those traditional styles of tea garden is hardly found. Throughout many years of experience, we learned that the deeper, more remote and the higher the mountain we go, the better the quality of tea we can find. However, on the contrary, at those remote places the management of tea manufacturing generally gets worse. We sometimes come across the tea gardens that are located in ideal environment and has very excellent raw materials yet they are often screwed up due to the poor management in process. In addition, due to the limitation of their knowledge and lacks facilities, tea is only processed into pu-erh tea.

In rural village, their process is generally not very well managed.

We carefully selected both tea and manufacture

Since 2014, we started the new practice. We stopped just buying tea from a manufacturer. We looked for manufacturer who owns a factory that equipped with proper facilities and possesses great production skill. Besides, we visited a number of villages and looked for the ideal tea garden. Once we confirmed which garden is ideal, we requested the manufacturer to go there with us and collect those specific materials directly from farmers. We stopped depending on neither the farmer to process the tea nor the manufacturer to source the raw material based on their own criteria. Instead, we selected both the specific tea gardens and manufacturer individually based on our quality criteria.
Thanks to this system, we are able to produce desirable type of tea with the ideal fresh materials.

Different process for making white tea between Fujian and Yunnan province

According to some literacy, white tea was the oldest tea ever produced in the past. Despite the history of white tea is more than 2000 years, in China there are very limited places produce white tea, such as Fujian, Yunnan and Anhui province. In Yunnan, their traditional process of white tea is either dry under the sun or natural drying after the indoor withering process. This is an ancient style of making white tea.
In Fujian, after shorter withering process than that of Yunnan, the white tea is dried with hot air at about 120 degree C. It is to completely inactivate enzymes to stop the fermentation.

1.Traditional Process in Yunnan

Both withering and natural drying takes place simultaneously. Sometimes, sunshine drying is used once the moisture reaches below 20%.

2.Process in Fujian

Withering → Inactivation of Enzyme at 120 degree C → Hot air drying

We inactivate the enzymes in order to get floral scent

In Yunnan, withering is equal to drying. Therefore, the withering process tends to be very long. It is very essential to conduct withering process during the season when moisture and temperature is low. The white tea made from this method gives fruity and floral aroma with a little muscatel flavor. After aging it for more than a few years, it develops strong sweetish fruity flavor, a little similar to black tea. The base flavor of white tea made with this style tends to be stronger.

On the other hand, with Fujian style, tea is heated at 120 degree C right after the withering process. This will completely halt the enzyme activity. As a result, tea gives very clean and clear drinking sensation, with floral and refreshing note that reminds us of Darjeeling First Flush, or like green tea. The effect after the aging is also different from the Yunnan style. It gives muscatel flavor and sweet fruity note like apricots.

Li Xiang Bai Mu Dan mao-cha before compression

Fresh tea gives chestnut and fruity scent

Li Xiang Bai Mu Dan was made following Fujian processing method. When tea is fresh it gives sweet flavor like chestnut. It also reminds us of marigold, nectar or some people may think it is similar to Darjeeling First Flush. However, the major difference from Darjeeling First Flush is the quality of material. This white tea is made of tea grown completely without fertilizer. In fact, the garden is left wild in nature and without human care. Due to extremely slow growing speed, tea accumulated high content of tea substances and mineral. Hence, this tea gives very deep and strong aftertaste.

Aging of white tea

Recently, there is a trend in China to keep white tea for a long time for aging like pu-erh tea. In fact, white tea matures pretty much faster than pu-erh tea thanks to the light fermentation in the process. After the aging takes place, the chestnut flavor is replaced by floral note with sweetish fruity flavor. With further aging, we can expect the development of muscatel and apricot flavor. Of course, it is a very nice tea to drink when it is fresh. Nevertheless, we decided to compress it into 200g cake which is ideal if you wish to further age it.

Related Articles

How to get the latest update on HOJO Tea?

1. Follow Twitter, 2. Click "Like" on Facebook, and 3. Subscribe in newsletter. You can have the latest tea news from HOJO Tea.

Subscribe the Newsletter to enjoy the privileges
You may receive a free sample upon purchase, or you may have the priority to purchase special products. So please remember to subscribe our newsletter as well as the social network.
  •                 

HOJO TEA Online Shop NEWSlist

Taiping Houkui 2019 is now available in our store
2019 Taiping Houkui is available in our store. Taiping Houkui was listed as the Top Ten Famous Teas in China. It has been the well-known green tea of Anhui province since Qin dynasty. We have both standard and special tribute grade. The special tribute grade was grown at higher altitude and it gives longer lasting …
2019 Chinese Green Teas are available in our store
We have now received three types of 2019 Chinese green tea and one yellow tea. Thanks to less rain in this spring, the quality of these teas is excellent. Shi Feng Long Jing 獅峰龍井茶 Long Jing is the well-known Chinese green tea. It is produced in Zhejiang Province. In particular, Shi Feng Long Jing produced …

NEW ARTICLES

Taiping Houkui 2019 is now available in our store
2019 Taiping Houkui is available in our store. Taiping Houkui was listed as the Top Ten Famous Teas in China. It has been the well-known green tea of Anhui province since Qin dynasty. We have both standard and special tribute grade. The special tribute grade was grown at higher altitude and it gives longer lasting …
2019 Chinese Green Teas are available in our store
We have now received three types of 2019 Chinese green tea and one yellow tea. Thanks to less rain in this spring, the quality of these teas is excellent. Shi Feng Long Jing 獅峰龍井茶 Long Jing is the well-known Chinese green tea. It is produced in Zhejiang Province. In particular, Shi Feng Long Jing produced …
Pre-Booking of Da Xue Shan Wild Tea and White Tea Mao-Cha 2019
We open the pre-booking of Da Xue Shan Wild Raw Pu-erh Tea and Wild White tea in loose form (mao cha). This year we have very limited stock of loose tea. We will close the booking once the quantity of order reaches our quota. Tea is arriving soon in Japan. So, we should be able …
The Field Report of Yunnan Tea in 2019
We have been staying in Yunnan since 9th of April for sourcing spring tea. In previous years, we usually came here before the end of March. This year, we shifted our schedule about 10 days later since we wanted to stay here until the end of spring tea season. This past week, we were engaged …
Limited Release of Rare Single Tree Pu-erh, White and Black Tea
We have opened the sales of Single Tree Tea (Dan Zhu Tea) produced in 2018 spring. Single Tree Tea refers to the selected tea produced only from one particular tea tree. It is considered as the most exclusive quality of all. For oversea customer, please visit the following page. https://hojotea.com/en/posts-213/ So far in Yunnan, only …
New Release of Vintage Guo Gan Ripe Pu-erh Tea
We released very rare and limited ripe pu-erh tea. It is 9 years vintage ripe pu-erh tea from Guo Gan in Myanmar. It gives distinctive vintage tea flavour with a hint of dry-fruity flavour and herbal-like aroma. Tea grown in Myanmar-China border town Guo Gan is the place in Myanmar facing to Yunnan, China. This …
New Release of High Mountain Purple Black Tea 2018
We have released High Mountain Purple Black Tea 2018. This tea is one of the very popular Yunnan black tea in our line-ups. Since it is a very cold season now in Japan, this tea suite very well. I often enjoy this tea recently. Purple Tea variety gives very special flavour The high mountain purple …
Tsukigase Sencha Processed with Long Withering
We made an interesting green tea with Tsukigase’s spring tea. It is sencha, and we conducted long withering process to enhance its flavour. As a result, it gives a gentle floral scent that reminds me of Taiwan’s lightly fermented oolong tea. After producing tea in spring, in order to further enhance its flavour, we kept …
Cha Tou Brick 250g from Hou Cao Shan is available
We released Huo Cao Shan Cha Tou Brick 2017. This Cha Tou is from the same batch of tea we released earlier on pre-booking. Despite tea was produced about one year ago and not aged for a long time, it already gives very soft, mellow and rich drinking sensation with thick fruity flavour like Chinese …
The Secret of Jasmine Flower for Making Fine Jasmine Tea
Jasmine tea is made from green tea scented with the fresh jasmine flower. The quality of both green tea and jasmine flower is important. Jasmine tea consists of various cultivar and variety. The type of jasmine and the timing of plucking greatly affects the quality of jasmine tea. Heng Xian County of Guangxi is the …

PAGETOP