Bai Jiguan tea

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Bai Jiguan
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Type Oolong

Other names White Cockscomb, White Rooster, 白鸡冠
Origin Mount Wuyi, Fujian Province, China

Quick description Light Wuyi Tea.

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Bai Jiguan (simplified Chinese: ; traditional Chinese: ; pinyin: bái jīguān; Wade–Giles: pai2 chi1-kuan1; pronounced [pǎi tɕí.kwán]) is a Si Da Ming Cong and a very light Wuyi Oolong tea.

Legend has it that the name of this tea (White Cockscomb) was given by a monk in memorial of a courageous rooster that sacrificed his life while protecting his baby from an eagle. Touched by the display of courage and love, the monk buried the rooster and from that spot, the Bai Ji Guan tea bush grew.[1]

Unlike most Wuyi teas the leaves of this tea are yellowish rather than green or brown.[1]

This field of Bai Ji Guan bushes has the light green leaves characteristic of this tea.
Light green leaves of Bai Ji Guan bushes in the field.

The flavour is also quite different from the other Wuyi Oolongs, which tend to be very similar as a group. Still, just like most Wuyi oolongs, it sits in the highly oxidized end of the oolong tea spectrum, but in the lower range of oxidization for a Wuyi tea, which tend to be 60-80% oxidized.

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  1. ^ a b Solala., Towler, (2010). Cha dao : the way of tea, tea as a way of life. London: Singing Dragon. p. 157. ISBN 9781848190320. OCLC 703432018.