Black Peony

Thick leaves , lush, wet notes of fruit.

The famous Da Bai cultivar has been crafted to a black tea offering a flavor preferred in the area. After shaping the leaves, they are fully oxidized and then fired slowly at a comparatively low temperature. This slow firing style accentuates cherished flavors of this cultivar while introducing a few new notes.  Tea was made on a family-run farm now operated by the 2nd generation of teamakers. 

Lot Notes. For a spring tea, these black leaves are large and thick. Lot was harvested in mid-April 2021. Tea garden is located at 620 meters. Small lot, taste is crafted to local custom. Not a tea made for export.  

Tea Facts. Cultivar is Da Bai that is typically made to high grades of Bai Mu Dan, a famous FuAn/Fuding area white tea. Here the leaves have been harvested larger and thicker reflecting the higher temperatures of mid-April. High elevation teas such as this offer greater amounts of aroma and flavor compounds.

Tasting Notes. Aroma offers light fruity notes. Taste is naturally sweet, decidedly fruity in flavors. This tea has body, plenty of mouth feel & a very pleasant aftertaste.

Brewing Suggestions. We steeped this tea at 195-205 F given its large leaves. We suggest 3 grams for 6-8 ounces of water. Steep for 2 minutes. 

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Hei Mu Dan
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Sweet, light fruit
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    Black Peony

    Posted by debora sator on 7th Sep 2021

    I was excited and looking forward to trying this new tea. I was less than happy afterwards. I followed the steeping directions and found you need to more tea leaves to reach any strength. Hot it has a pleasant scent but not much flavor, hint of maltiness and a cleaning mouth feel, no creaminess no detectable fruit as the taste description tells you. Now cold in the cup after standing more than a few hours it had changed and had a flavor more like an oolong. Not what I wanted. If you want a bland taste and a cleansing mouthfeel give it a try. Maybe its better cold and served over ice with a touch of lemon? For the price I don’t feel the value is there. I should have know after opening the bag because there was little aroma and for a recently harvested tea there should have been an explosion of scent. I’m returning my purchase. Note: I have been a customer over 9 years and my preferred tea is Yunnan Gold tip and Golden Monkey.