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White Peony - Bai Mu Dan

Clean, straw-color liquor, tastes of melon, grape and herbs.

White tea (Bai Cha) is perhaps the most natural of the Chinese teas. Picked, withered and dried, the leaves are presented as they naturally appear after drying. Arguably the finest of the white teas prodced in China – such as Yinzhen (Silver Needle) & Bai Mu Dan (White Peony) - are grown and processed in Fujian Province. The FuAn area in Fuding County, in particular, is known for highest grades of white tea cultivars. The mountains in Fu'An offer a terroir that creates very special tastes. Harvested in early April 2020 and made of unopened silver buds and varied colors of fresh light green leaves. Lot #2. 

Lot Notes
Our lot is an early-pick, "before the rain" as it was picked and processed in the first week of April 2020. These first whites tend to be a smaller leaf, green in coloration and offering fresh, sweet notes. This lot of Bai Mu Dan is made in the conventional or traditional style of farming and processing. Toward this, we look for a lot that has a mix of silver buds & shades of green.    
   
Tea Facts
This lot was grown in the mountains surrounding Fu'An, which is famous for this tea. Located along the coast, the area has a sub-tropical climate. Bai Mu Dan is processed by withering in a warm room on bamboo racks, then heat dried. In this case, the leaves are air dried at a low temperature preserving and enhancing the cultivar's natural flavors. It is also known as the one of the world’s most forgiving tea as it virtually never oversteep. The tea bush for this lot is locally known as Varietal #6. 

Tasting Notes
Steeps to yield a clear, straw-like liquor with tastes of melon, grape and herbs. Tea has a nuanced flavor, decidedly sweet, with a "round", smooth mouth feel that will linger. This lot has an abundance of buds, contributing to its rich flavor. This tea pairs very well with both savory and sweet foods.

Brewing Suggestions
Use 3-4 grams or a well-rounded tablespoon per 8-12 ounces of water. Water temperature can vary but is perhaps best at between 185-195 degrees F for 2-3 minutes. It is a very forgiving tea so astringency due to over steeping is not an issue. Leaves will yield multiple steeps.

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Item Number:
W-WPF-2
Type:
White
Province:
Fujian
Pinyin:
Yǒujī/fēi yǒujī 白牡丹-有机/非有机
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  • 5
    White Peony

    Posted by jody & Shane kennedy on 26th Mar 2020

    We love White Peony tea from Silk Roads. We drink it all day long. Comforting and cozy during these crazy times. Stay well!