OK, I've been wondering about Bai Ji Guan
-- one of the Wuyi Si Da Ming Cong
, sometimes called White Cockscomb
or White Rooster Crest
or some other unfortunate English formulation. The few offerings I have tried seemed very roasted compared to the printed descriptions I have read, which refer to it as a light Wuyi. I ordered some from TeaCuppa
, Jing Tea Shop
, and from TeaSpring
to compare them side by side. Here they are:
(click on the photo for a larger image)
Clearly, the TeaCuppa
has the p*ss roasted out of it and is therefore a specialty offering of Bai Ji Guan
rather than a reprentative average ... just like a roasted Pouchong is not a typical example.
The prices vary quite a bit. The TeaCuppa
cost 35¢ per gram and the other two about 55¢ a gram. I didn't get Hou De's 2005 Bai Ji Guan
, but it runs 66¢ per gram. At this rate, the 6 fl oz cup of TeaSpring I made semi-western style with 6 grams of leaf cost me $3.24! That's approaching the cost of Starbucks -- course Starbucks doesn't give free refills while a good Yancha will go many steeps. Still, at those prices (and more if you include shipping) I'm not sure I am that interested in tea.
A little over a year ago, I had Hou De's
then-current 2004 Bai Ji Guan
at 57¢ a gram, the one of which Hobbes said, "drinking this tea is a privilege
." My notes suggest that it was fairly roasted and judging by the amount of leaf I managed to squeeze into small vessels, it must have been much more broken than any of these three.
Anyone else have Bai Ji Guan stories to share? I found a great review (as always) by ABx on the TeaSpring