This extremely harmonious Bai Mao Hou has a particularly creamy texture, with a good balance between the texture, flavours and aromas. With its cooked vegetable, mineral and marine notes, this green tea is, without a doubt, one of the best from Fujian province!
Relatively rare and much less well known than the legendary Long Jing, Bi Luo Chun or Tai Ping Hou Kui, Bai Mao Hou shares with the latter the distinction of being connected with monkeys! There are a number of Chinese teas with picturesque names recalling the fact that trained monkeys were occasionally used to reach the inaccessible summits of wild tea trees. Bai Mao Hou, however, owes it name (White Hairy Monkey) to the appearance of its leaf, which is covered in down resembling the long white hair that grows on the backs of old monkeys.
For the most part, this tea is produced in the province of Fujian, a region that specialises in white teas and jasmine teas. Manufactured from the famous Great White tea bushes, it is worthy of inclusion among the best new-season teas produced in China.
François-Xavier Delmas' choice:
"Bai Mao Hou is produced in Wu Yi Shan (Fujian), and is a well-known, rare tea. I look forward to it eagerly every year."
- Origin: China
- Tea colour: green tea
- Appearance: large attractive twisted leaves with plenty of downy buds
- Colours: mainly dark green and silver
- Scents: vegetal (stewed fruit), a toasted hint, vanilla, mineral, with a marine hint
Brewed leaves (infusion):
- Scents: pronounced metallic, vegetal to start (stewed vegetables), burnt, a mild hint of animal and leather, fruit (fresh fruit)
- Colour: a clear, gleaming liquor with a light green colour
- Texture: very smooth, full and round in the mouth
- Flavours: sweet, reinforces the very sweet start to the liquor, slightly umami
- Aromas: pronounced vegetal (cooked vegetable), burnt, mineral, marine (crab), nuts (almond milk, cashew), followed by fresher, fruit aromas (fresh fruit), aniseed and vegetal notes (cut grass)
- Aromatic profile and length in the mouth: Very harmonious. The notes succeed one another without a break. The finish has vegetal, mineral and marine notes
Throughout the year, our experts travel in the tea plantations looking for the best pluckings and new, rare, delicious teas.
The fact that we travel so extensively, that we taste and buy on location has many advantages and allows us to find rare crops by looking outside the traditional supplier circuit, to taste and to share with you the harvests of small plantations, which are often hidden away.
Visiting tea estates regularly and thereby establishing long-lasting relations with our suppliers allows us to guarantee regular quality control of the teas we buy, and to continue our mission: to bring you the best quality teas and to share our travels and experience with you, while concerning ourselves with environmental issues, working conditions on the estates and the fair trade practices to which we adhere.