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365 Teas Challenge > Day 357 - Gushu White Tea from Laos

It is not common to taste a white tea that comes from 1000 years + tea trees. This white tea comes from Laos. I have already reviewed a sheng pu-erh, and sun-dried black tea from the same vendor and they have some incredibly tall trees in the middle of jungles. Therefore, picking the leaves is a big challenge and can be achieved by locals who are brave and fit enough to climb a giant tree.

I have recently developed a love for white tea (especially for those that are aged). This one is not an aged tea, but it comes from an ancient tree. Its aroma and taste reflect it even if I was being stringent and not even putting 4 g of white tea into my gaiwan. If you have a sheng pu-erh lover, you will find hints of its beautiful aromas in this tea, including elegant floral notes that will remain in your empty tea and fair cups until they disappear. If you are a white tea lover, you will be satisfied with the delicate flavours, including subtle sweetness, woodiness and minerality.

I have tested this tea by steeping it long, and it did not result in any bitterness, which is excellent news. I did not want to waste a tea type, so I went on boiling, which I do not normally do. The taste was still not bitter, but the woody characters of the were intense in the boiled version and the sweetness of the tea.

Tea Profile:

Type: White

Origin: Laos

Harvest time: 2020

Leaf colour: Tones of brown and buds with silver fuzz

Liquor colour: Yellow

Tea Aroma: Woody and earthy

Tea Taste: Slightly sweet with woody and mineral notes

Steeping: Place 5g in 100ml of water at 90ºC and rinse after 5 seconds. Steep for 15 seconds during the first infusion (short to prevent unpleasant bitterness),and add 10 seconds to the subsequent infusions. You can re-steep this tea multiple times.

Shelf life: Can be aged.

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