Leaf Type: White
Where to Buy: The Little Red Cup Tea Co.
Our organic Bai Mu Dan (White Peony Tea) is a white tea, grown in the very northeastern corner of Jiangxi Province. Made from only one bud and the two adjacent young leaves, this tea is carefully processed to promote a bare minimum of oxidation. It is sun dried, heaped, and then gently baked until fully dried. Bai Mu Dan is always handled carefully in order to minimize leaf breakage so as to maintain optimal quality.
Learn more about this tea here.
The photo is a little misleading, as it would depict a greener (fresher? higher quality?) Bai Mu Dan than I received in my package. These leaves are dull, dark brown. Broken, crumbly leaves. And no indication of velvety, fuzzy down on the leaves. I’ve had higher quality Bai Mu Dan teas from China.
So while this is not the best Bai Mu Dan I’ve come across, the flavor is still quite pleasing. It is delicate, with sweet fruit notes in the foreground, and a hint of vegetation and hay in the background. It is not grassy, exactly, but, imagine the taste of the fresh air you might experience in a field of hay … that’s what the background here tastes like: light, delicate, airy, with hints of the elements that surround you. It is almost as if I can taste the sunlight that dried this tea.
There is a crispness to the flavor that is very refreshing. Overall, I’m enjoying this for its delicate, sweet flavor with delicious fruit notes throughout. As I mentioned, it’s not the highest quality Bai Mu Dan I’ve had, but it is certainly one of the most reasonably priced Bai Mu Dan teas I’ve sampled and the flavor is certainly pleasant. I also appreciate that this is a Fair Trade and Organic tea. So for that, this tea gets an enthusiastic thumbs up.