Aged White Peony

Harvested in the spring of 2001.

Harvested in the spring of 2001, this aged White Peony (Bai Mu Dan) was produced in Zhenghe County.  When Silk Road Teas purchased this lot, it was rated as highest grade leaf (known as Zhending Big White - Zhenghe Da Bai).  This varietal grows to an unusually large leaf.  The telling difference between this tea and traditional White Peony is that these leaves have continued to oxidize building rich flavor 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" or White Peony.   We have aged this tea in our warehouse to ensure its flavor.  Lot aged: 16+ years.  Lot # ZDH.

Why we selected this lot.  Originally when this lot was purchased, it was rated highest grade White Peony.  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 and they are prized in China.  Lot # Z.

Tasting Notes. 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. 



Brewing. One to 1.5 well-rounded tablespoons of leaf to 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.  Leaves will steep multiple times.

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Item Number:
W-WP-B
Type:
White
Province:
Fujian
$19.50
per
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  • 5
    Beautiful Elegant Tea

    Posted by Kevin on 13th Jul 2018

    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.

  • 5
    fine pot of tea

    Posted by Richard Jensen on 25th Jun 2018

    What a fabulous pot of tea
    Nice leafs , dry and wet
    The smell , wow
    First pot as directed, nice

  • 5
    Favorite aged white

    Posted by Leisa on 2nd Dec 2017

    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!

  • 5
    Some Things Get Better With Age

    Posted by Benny on 16th Oct 2017

    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.

  • 5
    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.