White Peony (Bai Mu Dan) - Organic
White Peony - vibrant color, flavors of grape, honey and nectar.
Our White Peony (traditional name Bai Mu Dan) is grown organically on a farm in the Zhenghe township of Fuding county, the original birthplace of white tea and famous for its varietals. Made using early pick "bud sets" - comprised of the top one or two leaves and a silvery bud, White Peony offers a nuanced, sophisticated flavor with a surprisingly full and round mouth feel. The plant varietal is Fuding Da Bai (Big White). The leaves are slightly oxidized (8-16%) due to the air-drying process it goes through. Bai Mu Dan is processed by withering in a warm room on bamboo racks and then heat dried.
Why we selected this particular lot: The farm has practiced organic farming for a number of years and its teas show a depth of flavor. Our lot is an early-pick, "before the rain" as it was picked and processed in the first week of April 2016. The first whites that appear tend to be smaller leaf and green side. We looked for a lot that had more of a mix of silver buds, shades of green and some brown leaf.
Tasting notes: a natural white tea with mellow-sweet notes of grape and accents of honey and nectar. This white offers a honey-like viscosity and a flavor that pairs well with food. White Peony steeps to a clear, straw-like color and a stronger body than the better known varietal - Silver Needle.
Brewing suggestions: We recommend 3 grams of leaf per 8-12 ounces of water or a rounded tablespoon. Water temperature is best at about 185-195 degrees F. Steep for 2-3 minutes and enjoy. The leaves will yield multiple steeps.
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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