Aged White Peony
Harvested in 2001, this aged White Peony (Bai Mu Dan) was produced in Zhenghe County. Known as Zhending Big White (Zhenghe Da Bai), this varietal grows to an unusually large leaf and certainly this is the case in this lot. The greatest difference between this tea and traditional White Peony is that the leaves have continued to oxidize. As there is higher degree of oxidization, the appearance of these aged leaves is quite dark, now showing mixed shades of deep browns and greens. Yet, to the eye it is unmistakably "Bai Mu Dan" or White Peony. Lot aged: 15+ years.
Why we selected this particular lot:
Originally when this lot was first purchased, it was selected as it was/is a very high grade White peony. Large leaves, the traditional style leaf coloration - rich mix of greens and browns and plump unopened buds, indicated a first grade lot. The area where this tea is grown has developed local cultivars that produce great tasting teas. At the time of purchase, this lot was offered as highest grade. Now it is uncommon to find lots of conventional Bai Mu Dan of this quality. Lot # Z.
The taste of the tea has deepened over the years and the velvety sweetness of a high-grade white tea remains and grown richer becoming fuller and rounder. You will note a very full mouth feel yet it is clean and offers a naturally sweet, herbaceous lingering aftertaste. The liquor color is now deep golden-straw color.
One to 1.5 rounded tablespoons of leaf will provide plenty of flavor for up to 12 ounces of water. A quick rinse with water just below boiling will awaken to the leaves. Then steep it briefly, about 1.5 minutes and enjoy. A good tea for serving Gong Fu style. It can be steeped far longer for more taste with no bitterness. It will steep multiple times.
Silk Road Teas is an award-winning purveyor of rare and artisan teas. Every year, we travel extensively in China, visiting small farms, out-of-the-way tea markets, cooperatives and specialty tea companies to find teas that offer our customers the highest quality and a distinctive taste experience. As a result, our teas are widely recognized for their variety and unparalleled quality. Quite simply, you won't find a finer tea anywhere. Satisfaction guaranteed.
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Why has ageing made this tea's price lower?
Posted by Fentress Webb on 13th Dec 2014
This marvelous tea is aged 13 plus years. If ageing could do that to all true tea, it'd be worth the wait. The description given by Silk Road is pretty accurate. What they can't tell you in print and what I can't tell you in a "review' is how comforting a couple of cups, sipped steadily with your eyes closed can be, how penetrating the warmth of a cup held in your hands is, how delightful the scent of the tea is as you hold it under your nose between sips. Where your mind will take you as you enjoy that cup of White Peony with your eyes closed is between you and your tea. I continue my day after my tea break relaxed and refreshed and interested in whatever the day may bring.