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Bai Mu Dan Vintaged White Tea (Harvest 2004) from Wan Ling Tea House

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  White (Aged)

Where to Buy:  Wan Ling Tea House

Tea Description:

Bai Mu Dan or Pai Mu Tan is a classic white tea from FuDing in FuJian province. This 2004 Bai Mu Dan aged white tea has been pressed into 357g tea cakes in 2010. The aim to preserve the leaf during storage and prevent damage during transportation.

This white tea, is absolutely stunning. Combining delicate, smooth body with a full, complex body. The taste is complemented a clear, bright liquor and enchanting aromas.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Wow!  Just … wow!

This is a truly stellar tea, quite unlike any Bai Mu Dan I’ve ever tasted!

It brews up to a beautiful, clear, pale yellow color, almost the color of melted, clarified butter.  The flavor is sweet and delicate, with notes that are similar to a fresh Bai Mu Dan, but, I’m noticing some flavors that I don’t usually expect with a Bai Mu Dan as well.  A strong fruit note is present.  Much more intense than I would have thought was possible to achieve from a white tea.

I don’t know that I agree that this is a full-flavored tea, though, but it IS flavorful.  It has a soft texture, very little astringency, no bitterness, and a slightly floral, sweet aftertaste.  The aging process has not only managed to strengthen the flavors of this Bai Mu Dan, but, it also seems it has enhanced its complexity. As I continue to sip, I notice some earthiness starting to emerge, and I like the way this earthiness melds with the natural sweetness of the white tea.

Subsequent infusions yield sweeter flavors – fruitier flavors!  I note more of an apricot-like tone now, like dried apricots, with their flavors and sweetness intensified by the drying process.

This is a tea that is highly recommended to those that love white tea, they will adore this one!  I would also recommend it to someone who thinks they don’t care for white tea as they find it to be too light in flavor for their liking – this one will change their mind about that!  This is truly a remarkable tea!

Hong Xiang Luo Keemun from Wan Ling Tea House

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Wan Ling Tea House

Tea Description:

Hong Xiang Luo Keemun tea otherwise known as QiMen Red Tea. This 2011 China black tea is a superb example of a quality black tea. Combining great aroma, fine hairy, elegant leaf, which produces a deep, impressively bright and clear liquor. Refreshing, whilst being robust and balancing a complex blend of delicate flavours. A refined tea that offers a true taste of premium black teas.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

When it comes to Keemun, I typically brace myself for a bold, robust cup that will get me energized and ready to go.  This isn’t that Keemun.

This is a gentler, more refined Keemun.  It doesn’t have that “heft” that some Keemun teas possess, but I think that is what I’m really liking about this one.  This one is quite different from most others.

It has an exquisite complexity to it.  Sweet, but not overly so.  Fantastic set of spice tones in the background – this is what I noticed first.  It reminded me almost of a Yunnan, but without the malty tones.  A delicious, rich peppery tone that really took me by surprise.

It is remarkably smooth and well-rounded.  It has light smoked tones in the distance that seem to move closer as I continue to make my way toward the bottom of the cup.

It is a strong tea, but not so much a “bold” one, if that makes sense.   This isn’t the tea I’d reach for first thing in the morning when I need to shake the “sleepy” but it IS the tea I’d reach for when I want a delicious, contemplative cup … something to ponder over and simply relax … and enjoy.   Very nice… and very good.