What Is Bai Ji Guan (Oolong Tea)

Bai Ji Guan literally called White Cockscomb is a kind of traditional Chinese oolong tea. It is produced in Wuyi Mountain, so Bai Ji Guan is a kind of Yancha (Wuyi Rock tea) and is also one of the Wuyi Ming Cong.

The fresh tea leaves of Bai Ji Guan are pale yellow with white and are curved, which looks like the comb of the white cock, so it is called Bai Ji Guan. Bai means “white” and Ji Guan means “cockscomb”.

Because the output of Bai Ji Guan is relatively rare, it has been covered with a layer of a mysterious veil that Bai Ji Guan is not known as if she were in her boudoir. In fact, the quality of Bai Ji Guan is comparable to that of Da Hong Pao.

1. History of Bai Ji Guan

It is said that Bai Yuchan, a famous Taoist master in the Song Dynasty (960-1279), found a tea tree in the White Snake cave of Wuyi Mountain. According to the appearance of the tea tree, he named it Bai Ji Guan.

Then he took the Bai Ji Guan tea tree back to his Taoist temple and cultivated it carefully, and used it as a Dao Cha (Taoist tea) to promote his self-cultivation and change his temperament. The combination of tea and Taoist culture is an important part of the development of Chinese tea culture.

In the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), a story about Bai Ji Guan tea treating disease made Bai Ji Guan more famous. And it is also famous for its appearance at that time.

2. Characteristics of Bai Ji Guan

There is very little tea, like Bai Ji Guan, with a high degree of identification.

First of all, the appearance of the Bai Ji Guan tea tree is very eye-catching, with pale yellow color. In a large tea garden, you can see the Bai Ji Guan tea tree at a glance. From a distance, it seems that a golden ribbon is floating in the green tea garden.

Secondly, the obvious characteristic of Bai Ji Guan tea is with herbal fragrance, which can not be imitated.

The picking time of Bai Ji Guan is late May and made by multiple complex processes. The shape of the finished dried Bai Ji Guan is tight and twisty and the leaf back is like the sand grain; the color of it is yellow-brown, so it is called “toad back”.

The color of its tea soup is bright and orange-yellow; it tastes mellow, smooth, and no irritation and astringent. It has a strong and long-lasting herbal fragrance.

The planting area of Bai Ji Guan is small and its cultivation and production are difficult, so the output of Bai Ji Guan is relatively low. Therefore, it is more precious to drink Bai Ji Guan.

3. Benefits of Bai Ji Guan

After drinking Bai Ji Guan, some people with weak constitution will have a rapid rise in body temperature, sweating, and pore relaxation. It can bring tea drinker such experience, which is worthy of the title “herbal tea”.

Traditional Chinese medicine experts pointed out that the main components of Bai Ji Guan are tea polyphenols, caffeine, lipopolysaccharide and so on, which have pharmacological effects.

Drinking Bai Ji Guan usually brings warm body, sweaty palms, and large amount of urination, which is good for detoxifying the body. It proves the reason why Bai Ji Guan is used as Taoist tea.

Where there is heavy moisture or dampness, you can drink Bai Ji Guan to eliminate the dampness accumulating in your body. It is also suitable for drinking in the winter, to make the body warm.

Bai Ji Guan has many other benefits. Here are the main benefits of Bai Ji Guan:

  • Diuresis
  • Anti-aging
  • Anti-cancer
  • Detoxifying
  • Losing weight
  • Reducing blood sugar
  • Refreshing and eliminating fatigue
  • Anti-inflammatory and sterilization
  • Etc.