YES! Jade Star 5 is here (after a couple of years of waiting). This is an aged White tea blend of 2012 Fuding Bai Mu Dan and 2010 Shou Mei with a loose and happy tea drunk feeling.
The Jade Star series continues! For those who need a catch up, Jade Star are aged White tea cakes made by intentionally blending two different batches of tea - a more buddy tea (Bai Mu Dan) with larger leaves (Shou Mei). We feel that this gives a more full-spectrum experience and contributes to the potency and taste of the tea.
We have been continuously tasting aged Whites in search for Jade Star candidates. There are less and less already aged loose White teas out there and despite tasting hundreds, we were beginning to give up on Jade Star 5 ever happening. But, when these samples hit our Gaiwans we scrambled to secure everything!
Jade Star 5 is less buddy than Jade Star 1&4 with more medium and large leaves giving the tea a sweeter and more dessert-like quality. This moves the tea closer in initial taste and aroma to previous aged Shou Mei Whites like 'Sunfire Ripple' and 'Midsummer Lightshow'. But there is something unmistakable about that extra edge which the Fuding Bai Mu Dan brings to the party. The buds and younger leaves bring a more physical texture and body sensation while adding a layer of soft minerals and nuttiness to the taste.
The 'tea drunk' effects of the Jade Star series have, in my opinion, been very different and I know that this varies from person to person. For us, Jade Star 5 has a loose and happy feeling that is reminiscent of waking up after having a nap outside on a summer's day - you feel awakened yet slightly fuzzy and chilled with no cares or tension. It is cooling in the lungs yet warming in the body.
As with all Aged Whites, you can boil the leaves after your session for a strong and tasty (more herbal) finale. Drop the leaves into about 300ml of water and bring to the boil before simmering for 15 minutes or longer.
We will keep looking for more Jade Stars of course but we cannot guarantee that we will find any. This tea will continue to age and get stronger through the years so we recommend getting a tong (5 cakes) for your collection.