Qilin wrote:I know that rinsing pu-erh is mandatory, what about whites?
I have some high grade white in the fridge which I do not rinse because the vendor told me it was unnecessary.
However, I have a large bag of lower grade Bai Mudan which I rinse quickly.It is a rougher and fuller brew with black, more broken leaves and a fair amount of silvery tips which I drink on a everyday basis. Pour in, pour out hot water immediately before first infusion.
I do think it improves the first infusion but is it a waste?
teaisme wrote:if its questionable white tea then maybe consider a 160-180 degree flash overflowing rinse.
That's what I did sometimes in the past when I was trying out a few whites that were cheaper. Unlike some people I am not a huge fan of a ton of hairs on a thin tea, seems to bug my throat. However a bunch of hairs on a thicker tea never seemed to cause the irritation...