Lao Bai Cha Bing, which means "Old Aged White Tea Cake" was compressed using Shou Mei tea leaves that had been aged for at least ten years. The tea leaves originated from Fuding County and were transported to Yunnan Province to be pressed into cake or brick form. This was to ensure that the best quality tea leaves were used in combination with the best tea cake pressing skill. Aged white tea is rare - most people prefer it fresh and many are not even aware that white tea can be aged like Pu-erh tea. Aging makes the tea texture become smoother. Only a thousand pieces of Lao Bai Cha Bing were produced.
Aged White Tea Cake
The tea taste smooth with a hint of sour note. The taste is stronger once the tea cools down. Lao Bai Cha Bing can also be boiled with a bit of rock sugar or honey. It is believed that this method of preparation gives the tea a medicinal quality to cool the human body and to soothe sore throat.
The tea leaves are tightly compressed and made out of one bud-two-to-three leaves variety. The infused tea color is dark brown.
Fuding, Fujian Province