Leaf Type: White
Where to Buy: Darjeeling Tea Lovers
MARGARETS HOPE BI – MUDAN has been made from PURE AV2 clonal plants at an elevation of 6000 ft. A specialised team of tea pluckers pluck the finest 2 leaf and a bud under the full moon beam which enhances the flavour of th tea. This tea is very high in antioxidants due to the process by which it is manufactured. A must try for the tea lovers.
Learn more about this tea here.
I’ve tried maybe a handful (at most!) of white teas that were produced in Darjeeling, and I must say that the more I try, the more I like this rather rare tea! It has some qualities of a black Darjeeling with the lightness of a white tea … but then again, as a white tea, it has more flavor than a typical Chinese white tea. It’s quite an enigmatic tea, and I’m loving every sip of it!
And just because this IS a white tea, don’t think for a second that it is going to be “too delicate.” It is delicate, yes, when compared to a black or even a green Darjeeling. However, it is not delicate if it were compared to, say, a Silver Needle white. In comparison, this one has so much more flavor! Don’t get me wrong, I’m not knocking a Silver Needle, I love them! But, I am also loving the delicious differences I’m noticing from this Bi-Mudan from Darjeeling Tea Lovers.
I taste much of the fruit notes that one might expect from a Darjeeling, I even taste hints of a grape-y muscatel! This muscat grape note is accompanied by a deliciously crisp apple-y taste that is a little bit sweet and a little bit sour. As I reach the end of the sip, I notice a slight mint-like note that is crisp and clean, and this note seems to meld with the astringency in such a way that is quite unique, leaving the palate feel clean and taste sweet. My mouth actually waters shortly after the sip ends, and I’m not sure if this has anything to do with the effects of the tea or just the fact that my taste buds are loving what they’re tasting so much that they want more!
It has a crisper taste than most black Darjeeling teas that I’ve tried, and usually these are sparkling and crisp! This is even more so! It has a very uplifting quality – not quite as calm or soothing as a white tea, instead, I’d say this has some energizing properties to it.
A fantastic Darjeeling white – and it’s FABULOUS iced!