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Our Organic White Peony (Bai MuDan) Tea meets the most strictly European low pesticide residues standard for agricultural products. View Quality Safety Analyzing Report
TeaVivre's certified organic White Peony (Bai MuDan) tea is farmed and produced at Mt. Taimu using DaBai and DaHao tea trees. After brewing it has a pale orange-yellow color like our Silver Needle tea, however it has a slightly fuller flavour. Like Silver Needle, it is renowned for its health benefits, helping reduce the risk of heart attacks, some cancers and reducing the affects of aging.
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White Peony Tea, or Bai Mudan Tea as it is called in China, is a slightly oxidised white tea, produced with the same minimal processing as Silver Needle white tea. The difference between the two is that Silver Needles is only made from the unopened new tea buds, while White Peony also includes one or two freshly opened leaves. When dry, this tea's leaves and buds are an olive-green color, covered in with a down-like covering of fine white hairs.
TeaVivre's Organic White Peony tea is premium quality tea produced by a gold medal winning plantation in Fujian.
This year, good growing conditions mean that our White Peony has an excellent clean pekoe scented fragrance and taste. When it is brewed it will have a pale orange-yellow color, with a very subtle flavour, without any bitterness or astringent taste, characteristic of the best quality White Peony tea.
White tea contains various functional components, including caffeine, tea polyphenol, tea polysaccharide, theaflavin, theanine and so on, which are beneficial for human health in multiple aspects. For example, tea polypgenol can anti-aging, by antioxidation and clearing free radical away; caffeine is diuretic due to its function of restraining the re-absorbing of sodium, chloridion and water; flavanols, and also caffeine, help to refresh mind and remove fat.
For more information on the remarkable health benefits of TeaVivre's White Teas, see our article on General Health Benefits of Tea.
Like our Silver Needle tea, TeaVivre's White Peony Tea is produced in the Mt. Taimu area, near the city of Fuding, in Fujian province, on the south eastern Chinese coast. This tropical mountainous coastal area is absolutely perfect for growing all white teas, both Silver Needle and White Pekoe. It has abundant rainfall, with many misty days in spring, and temperatures that are neither too hot in summer nor too cold in winter. The mountains around the farms are more than 80% forested, ensuring the soil has a high natural fertility and organic content, removing the need to use fertilizers.
The particular Organic White Peony (Bai MuDan) tea that TeaVivre is selling, is guaranteed to be organically grown and produced, independently verified to meet the following certifications:
USA Certified Organic in accordance with the USDA (National Organic Program) accreditation for organic farms, production and produce. USDA certificate number is A-2007-00252_1 / 2012-03715.
Europe Certified organic in accordance with both EU regulations Article 29(1) of Regulation (EC) No. 834/2007. Certificate number is A-2007-00252_1 / 2010-03563.
Japan Certified organic in compliance with the JAS (Japanese Agricultural Standards) regulations for organic agricultural products. Certificate number is A-2007-00252_1 / 2012-03738.
Their certifications have been independently verified by BCS Öko-Garantie GmbH - the organic certifier.
The Company also obtained ISO9001 quality and process management certification in 2003.
The species in Fuding is Fu Ding Da Hao, “Da hao” for short. It is asexual propagation, belonging to semi-tree form. In 1985 it was certificated as national variety in the number GS13002-1985. Its plant could reach up to 2.8 meters high, and has obvious trunk. Spring tea, which contains 1.8% of amino acid and 28.2% of tea polyphonels, is the material of high quality for making Silver Needle White Tea and White Peony Tea.
Lin Jian, who is born in Fuding, Fujian, has been living under the environment of teas. His father, grandfather and great-grandfather are all tea farmers. When he was in elementary school, he helped to pick the tea after school at the tea picking time when there’s not enough people to pick the tea. The dream of engaging in tea business was came up at that time. He said: “My original idea is to make a good life for my family by tea business. But from 1993 when my tea business was gradually developed, I changed my mind. Fuding is the best place of planning white tea. So I want to create a long-term Organic Tea business.” Through our contact with Mr Lin, we felt that he is a man of frankness, speaking quickly, walking quickly and working quickly.
Not exaggeratedly speaking, now Lin Jian is the first founder of Chinese white tea. He owns near 2800 acre high quality tea gardens in Fuding including 500 acre organic tea garden which is the only organic tea garden in Fujian that has passed the USA, Europe and Japan organic certification. He also owns 200 acre Jasmine tea garden in Guangxi. Meanwhile his heshan organic tea base was regards as the national agricultural standard base.
In 2007 his Bai Mudan tea won the honour of White tea King at the White Tea King Competition in Ning De.
In 2010 his Bai Mudan tea won the Gold Award of White tea at the Tea King Competition in Ning De.
In 2010 his Bai Mudan tea won the award of the best taste at the Taimu Tea Ceremony.
Following exactly the same processing method and using the same plants as Silver Needle White Tea, with the only difference being which parts of the tea plant is used, the history of Bai MuDan and Silver Needle white teas is very similar.
White Tea is the earliest form of Chinese tea. Farmers found out that cooling, sun-drying or baking the leaves ensured that the tea could be easily stored and used at a later time. These steps, of course, formed the basis of the withering and drying processes that are still used to this day.
The Bai MuDan version of white tea – essentially the same as Silver Needle except for the inclusion of one or two new leaves with the tea bud – was first produced in the early 1870's by people in the area around ShuiJi, in Zhenghe county Fujian province. Later on, in the 1960's, production spread to Songxi county in Fujian. At present, the main areas for the production of Bai MuDan are in Songxi, Zhenghe, Fuding and Jianyang counties.
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Great tea! Never again will I buy standard tea bags. Very clean smooth tasting ill be ordering again =]
Since it only steeped at 90, I am able to try it fairly quickly. This is the advantage of lower temp teas, I swear! First sips are mild. A light note of hay but not as sweet as the green oolong I had the other day. It is flavourful but light, if that makes sense. Not like weak tea or lightly favoured water but not a bold flavour either. My non-tea drinking brothers might not find any taste here at all, but the beau and I do. It is hard to describe, but hay and a bit of floral are present. I always worry that people will think hay means unpleasant, but it’s not. I love the smell of fresh hay. I am getting some residual sweetness that I think is a result of my earlier Jolly Rancher. Whoops. The beau reports: “This is good. I like it. It has less of the earthy taste you get in other whites. More like jasmine but less in your face.” He says it has “a hint” of floral. I don’t notice, but I rarely do. We both like it, he more than I as whites are more his forte. For me, as a Chinese black tea drinker, this is a nice cuppa occasionally but not something I’m likely to enjoy regularly. He says it might be under-steeped and isn’t strong enough to get a high rating from him right now. I will do another steep in a bit and put a number on it after that one. I think he is right and a bit more time would have boosted the profile here. Will report back then! Second steep was forgotten in the pot which yielded a more flavourful brew but (surprisingly) no bitterness. It was enjoyable, but maybe a bit too much white tea in one day for me.
Last batch is excellent, very naturally looking tea leafs, profound aroma, good taste. Continuing to order BaiMudan from TeaVivre only :)
Wonderfully floral aroma, delicious. Can be re steeped several times making for a good value. Highest quality leaves; no broken pieces.
I bought a sample of this to taste it, and I was first a bit disappointed. I thought it didn't smell much and I forgot about it a bit while brewing it so I ended up with a surprisingly bitter tea. The next time I was luckier (and paid better attention to the time) and got three nice steeps out of the tea with a lovely mild taste and no bitterness. As people have mentioned before it is a great afternoon or evening tea. Very light and natural tasting. Tastes of fresh grass and small wild flowers I think. a tea for a relaxed time of the day.
Smells like sweet hay and flowers, looks like shrivelled leaves. As white tea is supposed to be. Dry leaves are picked with bud and one to two leaves -method, couple branches can be found. Leaves are greenish-white color, dark and pale greens can be found, most of them are covered with thin white hair. I used 1dl gaiwan and about 3-5g of tea (I don’t have scale). Liquid color varies from pale yellow to orange-yellow. Wet leaves has brownish-green color and that white hair is no more to be found. Aroma is flowery, sweet hay with grass like scent. First steep (25s) has that usual sweet hay taste with some grassiness and flowers, color is pale yellow it might have some honey in it. Next steep is more darker color and has more sour and grassy taste in it. Third steep has more hay flavour, hay and grass almost take turns with every steep, all steeps still has that lingering sweet taste. Final steeps start to lose the hay and sour grassy flavours, but more delicate flavours like flower and sweet emerge. Overall I'm pretty pleased with this tea, it's nicely calming at the evening and suits to cold early winter/autumn.
One of my first White Peonys and so far my favorite. It is light and comforting to drink with strong hints of hay. It does better with resteeping compared to the other WPs I've had.
Organic White Peony (Bai MuDan) was included in the "5 Featured White Teas Assortment Samples" pack, along with its alternative White Peony. I prepared 5g in 500mL of each in their separate bone china infuser mug. Although this one is ~$1/50g more expensive, I think it's higher in quality/value. I am very impressed by this version of white peony. It can give 3 delightful cups. It can also be enjoyed as a relaxing, light tea, even in the evening. * * * DRY LEAVES: Green young leaves are olivine with nice brightness and shine. Buds have obvious silvery tips. CUP 1: 5g (~1.5tsp) in 500mL, 90C, 3 min CUP 2: 90C, 3 min CUP 3 (optional): 85C, 4-5min PROFILE: -> Robust mellow sweetness with slight floral tones. Subsequent cups shared the same profile, at moderate strength. -> Light yellow liquor -> Vegetal, grassy, meadow-like in aroma -> No astringency or hay-like taste. WET LEAVES: Thick buds and full leaves were revealed. Wet leaves were green with glistering shine. Overoxidized scent was not detected (this means the tea won't go bitter). * * * Based on the observations, the tea is to be classed as Grade A. What surprises me is that it can give 3 delightful steeps at consistent strength and flavour. Furthermore, It is also a wonderful, light tea that can be enjoyed even in the evening. I would definitely recommend this tea. It suits those who likes: * mellow, straight white tea * light, relaxing tea * evening tea
I thought it would be fun to steep a white tea gong fu-style, so I opted to try this tea out. Thanks for the sample, Angel!! I've had a white tea gong fu-style at Samovar, but they used too much leaf, in my opinion, and the steeps came out bitter. For this session, I used probably 2/3 to 3/4 of the sample packet with the recommended 194-degree water. I did a super quick rinse just to wet the leaves, and then steeped it 15/30/45/60/90/180sec. The first steep was similar in taste to other white peony teas I've tried before...sweet hay notes. This one, however, was smoother than others I've had. Sometimes the hay note kind of causes a drying feeling in my mouth, but I didn't really have that with this tea. In the second steep, the hay note moved to the background and a pleasant peach taste came through! There was also a bit of a vegetal note, similar to what I find in green oolongs. In the later steeps, that vegetal note came through as sweet zucchini! Nice and light and great for hot weather!
Just a newbie to the tea world and what really got me hooked on teas is jasmine green tea. I thought to give this one a try but it’s not really my favorite. The flavors are not as aromatic as the jasmine green tea…but I don’t feel like I know enough about tea to really compare it well. Just wanted to give my two cents. :D
Reply: Actually it doesn’t have any Peony in it, this tea only contains pure tea buds and leaves. The green leaves are lined with the silver hairy buds, looking like a flower; after brewing, the green leaves hold the elegant buds, as if the little buds are sleeping in the flowers, hence that is why it wins the reputable name as Bai Mudan (白牡丹), translated as "white peony" in English.
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