Anji Bai Cha, the good years and the great years.

April 25, 2014

I woke up this morning in Deqing knowing that the road between me and tasting my favorite tea would be short! Also I cannot wait to catch up with the Yang family with whom I have had a great connection for 10 years. I found myself counting down the minutes on the journey in anticipation of wetting my lips with a glass of fresh Anji Bai Cha!

A wave of disappointment ran through me when I learned that the 2014 spring harvest has been one of the worst since the beginning of the twenty year history of this tea. The excessive temperatures during the past few weeks, just as the young shoots were sprouting, has produced larger and darker leaves than usual, and that, on tea plants already weakened by the dry heat wave of last summer (which I suffered through during the filming of La semaine verte!).

Tasting teas harvested in late March, made the day before my visit I found them better than expected but began to wonder how the price would be affected. Ms. Yang, a little anxious to see my reaction, told me immediately that it would actually be cheaper this year.

WOW! For the first time, I did not have to struggle to explain that a lower quality tea is not worth the same price as higher quality tea! So I selected a great tea for a great price : Anji Bai Cha at $ 22 for 50g!