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Generally, the shelf life of tea is two or three years. The expired tea, even been well-stored, will lose all the fragrance. However, white tea is different. It is the natural making process that makes white tea the aged the better, not only becomes more and more mellow and fragrant, but also has high medicinal value. Therefore, there is a saying about aged white tea: “one-year tea, three-year medicine, seven-year treasure”, meanwhile, the aged white tea are favored and collected by more and more tea lovers.
This Organic White Peony Tea was harvested and made in 2014. Its original material has passed the organic testing of EU, USDA and JAS. After several years of transformation, the tea leaves are gradually turning red with aged fragrance, the tea liquid is clear and bright with a hint sweetness of the red dates, and the taste is mellow, thick, without any grassy taste. Moreover, it can brew for many steeps; the more steeps the sweeter taste.
After been aged and transformed for several years, this Organic White Peony Tea 2014 has higher health value and drinking value than new tea.
Heshan Organic Tea Garden, which is the main producing area of famous white tea in Fuding, is located in the west of Taimu Mountain with elevation between 600-900 metres. The weather here is warm and humid, with abundant rainfall. The tea plantation is surrounded by fog which creates the perfect conditions for tea bushes, resulting in a rich array of micro-minerals and organic nutrients accumulating in the tea leaves. The tea plants growing here are mainly of the Fuding Dahao and Fuding Dabai varieties.
Mr. Lin, who was born in Fuding in Fujian Province, grew up surrounded by tea. His father, grandfather, and great-grandfather were all tea farmers. When he was in elementary school, he helped pick tea after school during the tea-picking season when there were not enough people to help with the harvesting. That’s when his dream of entering the tea business was born. Mr Lin says: “My original idea was simply to make a good life for my family through my tea-growing business. But in 1993, when my tea business had gradually developed, I changed my mind. I want to create a long-term Organic Tea business.” Talking to Mr Lin, our impression was of a man with a very frank manner who speaks quickly, walks quickly and works quickly.
It would not be an exaggeration to say that Lin Jian is the founding father of Chinese white tea in the modern day. He owns nearly 2800 acres of high-grade tea gardens in Fuding, including 500 acre organic tea garden - the first organic tea garden in Fujian that has earned organic certification in the USA, Europe and Japan. He also owns a 200 acre jasmine tea garden in Guangxi Province.
In 2008, his Silver Needle White Tea won the gold medal at the annual Chinese White Tea festival in Beijing.
This Bai Mudan Tea is produced in Mt. Taimu area in Fuding which is a famous tea-producing area located in the northeast of Fujian Province. Fuding belongs to the subtropical monsoon climate, characteristic of coastal areas. The average annual sunshine lasts 1840 hours; the average annual temperature is 18.5°C and the average annual precipitation is 1661.6 mm. This tropical mountainous coastal area is perfect for growing Pekoe. It has abundant rainfall 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.
This White Tea is made from the leaves of the Fuding Dahao tea plant, also called “Dahao” for short. It propagates asexually and is shaped like a small tree. In 1985 it was certified as a national tea plant variety with the number GS13002-1985. It can grow up to 2.8 m high and has an obvious trunk. Spring tea, which contains 1.8% amino acid and 28.2% tea polyphenols, is a high-quality tea used to make Silver Needle White Tea and White Peony Tea.
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. Nowadays, the main areas for the production of Bai MuDan are in Songxi, Zhenghe, Fuding and Jianyang counties.
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The dry leaves (5 g) of this Organic White Peony (harvested April 30,2014), very fluffy, barely fit in my 130 ml teapot! Mushrooms and beans taste. Slightly floral. Sweet long-lasting aftertaste. The taste of the second infusion reminded me of cooked green haricots and miso soup. The aftertaste is what keeps me drinking this tea. I did more than 5 steeps.
I enjoy this form of tea. very unusual and pleasant.
За смаком схожий на зелений чай. Приємний солодкуватий присмак. Всім рекомендую до покупки! The taste is similar to green tea. A nice sweet flavor. I recommend to buy!
Great tea. It's fresh but has some of the notes of a black at the same time; almost to fruit in later infusions. Leaves a cool mouth slightly watering. Not bitter at all. Price is not bad either.
I bought Organic White Peony and found it superb. Definitely the best Bai Mu Dan I've tested so far. Sweet, mellow, fantastic tea and was well worth waiting for (I am currently living in Turkey and it took my tea a while to get here). I was also impressed with the way my purchase was handled, the customer service was great, very helpful.
This is a VERY LIGHT tea. I brewed all 5 grams for a full 8 minutes. It was a very light, flowery aroma and taste. Very mild. Got a better flavour after 10-12 minutes. Too light for me!! Thank you for your feedback. The white tea is indeed usually more light taste than the other teas. It depend on its craftsmanship. Tea farmer processing tea after only drying or slow fire two processes, without fixing or rolling, dried tea greatly preserved the nutritional content. Taste light and lingering taste is white tea's characteristics.
I did a gongfu session with this tea and enjoyed it. Fluffy teas like this are hard to measure, but I filled my gaiwan about half full and followed TeaVivre's recommendation to use 185 degree water. The first three steeps were woody and floral with a hint of spiciness. Melon notes appeared in the last three steeps. It's hard to believe that this tea was harvested in 2014. I'll continue to let it age and watch how it evolves.
Very mild yet flavorful tea.
White Peony tea flavor is delicate and light, not my favorite but delicious.
Brewed this Gongfu style and I was very impressed with the profile of this tea no bitterness and sweet vegetal overtones best describe this.
Reply: 1. The White Peony, Organic White Peony, and Premium White Peony are all come from same tea bush and same tea garden. 2. From the testing standards. Organic White Peony has USDA Certification, EU Certification as well as JAS Certification. While the Premium White Peony and White Peony are certificate of analyze by eurofins. 3. From their taste The Organic White Peony has slight floral fragrance, fresh and sweet with slight soymilk taste. The Premium White Peony has slight soymilk taste and distinct floral fragrance. While the taste of White Peony is stronger than the two others but still mellow and brisk and with a touch of gentle sweet lingering in mouth.
Reply: Hi John, Thank you very much for your question. For the tea material of organic white peony is very rare. This year we only have organic silver needle white tea. But please do not worry, the 2014 white peony is very yummy. In China, we has an old saying about white tea: "one year it is just tea; three years it is medicine; seven years it is treasure. So the year can not infuence the taste of white tea. Hope this is helpful for you.
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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