Better than I expected. Enjoyed as much as silver needle
Harvested in the spring of 2001, this aged White Peony was grown in Zhenghe County. When Silk Road Teas purchased this lot, it was rated as highest-grade leaf (known as Zhending Big White - cultivar Zhenghe Da Bai). The bushes are members of the Da Hao or Big Sprout variety of Camellia sinensis. The cultivar grows to an unusually large leaf. The telling difference between this tea and contemporary White Peony offerings is the size of the leaves and the fact they have continued to oxidize, slowly building rich flavors of melon and herbs. As there is high degree of oxidization, the appearance of the leaves is rich, showing mixed shades of deep browns and greens. Yet, to the eye it is unmistakably Bai Mu Dan. We have aged this tea in our warehouse. Lot aged: 19+ years. Lot # ZDH.
Tea Facts. Lot was purchased in 2001. Cultivar is the Zhenghe Da Bai and cultivated as Zhending Big White. Cultivar was developed in the 1800s and is now indigenous to the area. The result is leaves that are quite large, show deep brown and muted green colors, and tellingly, unopened silver buds with a covering of fine, downy white hair. Tea has been stored in a warehouse with average temperatures of 60-63 F.
Lot Notes. Originally when this lot was purchased, it was rated highest grade Bai Mu Dan. Large leaves, the traditional style leaf coloration – combined with a rich mix of greens and browns and plump unopened buds, indicate a first-grade lot and yield a complex flavor. It is uncommon to find lots of conventional aged Bai Mu Dan of this quality. Tea has been stored in sealed wooden chests.
Tasting Notes. The taste of the tea has deepened over the years and the velvety sweetness of a high-grade white tea endures and grows richer. You will note a very full mouth feel yet it is clean and offers a naturally sweet, herbaceous lingering aftertaste. We note flavors of honey, chestnut and fresh peaches. The liquor color is now deep golden-straw color.
Brewing Suggestions. One tablespoon (4-5 grams) of leaf to provide plenty of flavor for 6-8 ounces of water. A rinse with water just below boiling is recommended as it will awaken the leaves and begin the steep process. If serving GongFu style, steep it briefly, about .30 - 1.0 minute and enjoy. A great tea for serving Gong Fu style. It can be steeped far longer for more taste with no bitterness. Leaves will steep multiple times.
Better than I expected. Enjoyed as much as silver needle
This aged tea is amazing. It's gotten richer and so much more full bodied in 19 years. It is a perfectly rounded tea- beautiful high notes and low notes as well as balanced. I brewed this Gongfu style (4 grams per 100 ml approx) and I was able to get a good 10 steepings. The body sensation for this tea is UNREAL: pleasant lightness, happiness, airiness, and it will VERY LIKELY get you buzzed (literally). I cannot believe the price of this tea! I am purchasing more immediately.
Overall tint is light brown; a mellow floral flavor with subtle, earthy undertones and a mildly astringent linger. Solid every day drink. I could not tell it "was from 2001 or not," but I was not disappointed at all.
It is almost impossible to get this aged white tea in such price in China now. I love the rich aroma and flavor of it. I will definitely purchase more and store it as my favorite white peony tea!
The aging on this tea lends so much to the cup. Takes you on a wonderful journey like walking through a botanical garden early in morning on a summer day. There is a freshness which comes through ever so slightly with notes of rose, chrysanthemum, cherry blossom, honeysuckle, along with almost a grape wine peel and slight cherry to it. As you go through infusions, there are butter, honey, cantaloupe notes then shift to more earthy tones of walking through a cool forest, an old library book or newspaper note, and almost reminiscent of camping in the older canvas tents, all in a good way, along with more of a drying sensation as the minerality starts coming through. Lost track after eight or so infusions as it kept bringing more and it stays with you long after, wanting you to go back for another sip. Warmer notes linger in the fairness cup long after. Beautiful citrine, gold color which becomes deeper as you go along the journey. Truly a wonderful aged tea which is complex and perfect to settle the mind and spirit. Brewed in a flute brewer with 175 degree water.
What a fabulous pot of tea Nice leafs , dry and wet The smell , wow First pot as directed, nice
I've tried aged white teas from both Teavivre and Mei Leaf, and this is my favorite! I just used up and reordered a bag. I like to always keep some on hand because it's perfect for any mood or occasion. 10/10 recommend!
Aging has brought out some of the creamier middle notes of the tea and mellowed out a few of the 'sharper' edges. The cantaloupe flavor has given way to warm, flowing honey.
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.