Rivers and Clouds 2019 Sichuan White is a very unique White tea made after the tradition of the local Qiang minority farm workers on our partner’s 100 years old organic certified tea farm. Grown on 1400 to 1600 meters altitude on the way from Chengdu up towards Tibet in Qionglai prefecture.
It’s a tea that ages perfectly. The 2019 pick is quite different to previous ones, smaller darker leaves and when it was fresh a somewhat undefined fragrance, still quite typical white tea, similar to a Baimudan, but with a lot of herbal flavours and some thick honey. We did the right choice in letting it sit for a year before putting it out here, as it became a lot more defined, which will probably continue with further storage: the hidden honey sweetness turned into a nice mild honeydew melon aroma with a waxy middle layer. So if you let it sit for three to four years and it adds a lot of aroma, the sweetness evolves to one close to caramelized honey and magnolia. It’s not the major crowd pleaser the 2017 and 2018 Sichuan White was, but it definied a very own space and it’s worth it.
Also, it’s not a big hassle to brew it decently. Even though gongfu style is more than worth it as it helps this tea unfold all it’s beauty, a traditional big English tea pot or even just brewing the leaves in a bowl and drink out of it won’t kill it neither.