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TeaVivre's 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 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 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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This a light, rather floral tea that I think people who like white tea will enjoy very much.
White Peony (Bai MuDan) was included in the "5 Featured White Teas Assortment Samples" pack, along with its superior Organic White Peony. I prepared 5g in 500mL of each in their separate bone china infuser mug. Unfortunately, I think the other is superior than this one, in many aspects. * * * DRY LEAVES: Green young leaves have a yellow tone (signs of Grade B) with moderate brightness/shine (ok..). Silver tips on buds are visible. CUP 1: 5g (~1.5tsp) in 500mL, 90C, 3 min -> At 2 min, the profile is delicate. Mellow vegetal taste with slight sweetness is detected. -> At 3 min, the vegetal (like hay/grass/meadow etc) flavour became more intense, but not robust. -> light yellow liquor CUP 2: 85-90C, 3.5min -> much lighter than 1st cup but still enjoyable -> medium yellow liquor -> no astringency detected (good.) White Peony produced 2 good cups at best. Cup 3, although produced a pale yellow liquor with faint flavour, it was far too weak to be worth it. WET LEAVES: Thick buds and full leaves were revealed. They were however slightly yellow-toned and less in shine. At least no overoxidized scent was detected (this means the tea won't go bitter). * * * Based on the observations, the tea might be classed as Grade B+/A-. Its dry and wet leaves, profile strength and number of subsequent cups follow the description of Grade B. Surprisingly however, it is not hard to brew nor does it bitter. Considering the Organic White Peony is far superior (Grade A), I would recommend getting it rather than this tea. Even from an economic perspective, $1/50g more for organic, higher quality tea that can produce 3 enjoyable cups is a better choice. I would not recommend this White Peony, but rather the Organic White Peony. Because it is still a decent quality tea, especially one that does not bitter and is easy to brew, I have rated it 4/5. Points are deducted for lesser quality.
When brewed this produces an amber coloured tea. It is slightly fuller flavoured than the silver needle white tea but without any bitterness even after long brewing in the western style. Defintely a lovely tea if you want something between green tea and silver needle tea in strength.
Yellowish orange in color with the aroma of hay. The hay flavor hits you right away, it has a sweet taste and a little bit of cucumber flavor at the end.
Always thought that for white tea, the color will be white to light green, but it turns out to be dark yellowish, slightly to orange! It has a fresh roasted grassy taste, with floral aftertaste. Quite a different taste from green tea. Refreshing and nice! Just a small amount of tea leaves can get a rather dark color tea.
A lovely subtle white tea. Definite sweetness which is cleansing and refreshing. If you brew for up to 5 minutes you will have a gentle pale yellow tea which is very pleasant. I will definitely buy again.
I have to admit, I was a little skeptical about this tea. I never had white tea before and I shied away from it. My impression was that white tea would be weak and watery and not as robust as I prefer tea to be, particularly in the morning. When I brewed this tea, I was still suspicious. Teavivre’s instructions to steep it for a maximum of two minutes made me think that I was going to have to really focus my tastebuds to find enough flavor for me to appreciate. I followed their instructions anyhow because the Teavivre black tea samples I tried were perfect after I went along with their recommendations. After brewing for two minutes, the tea had the color of a nice white wine. When I tasted it, I was very surprised by the sweet floral flavor that flooded my senses. Although I can’t say that the flavor is strong (and this may just be a normal characteristic of white tea), I can say that the tea is delicious. A very pleasant sweet aftertaste was also left on my palate after each sip. This is another terrific tea from Teavivre. Even though I thought that once I went black (tea), I would never go back, I would definitely select this white tea again for afternoon drinking. I’m also now curious about other white teas. This review was originally published on Steepster by Stoo in Nov, 2012. TeaVivre has added this whole review here by getting permission from Stoo.
This was great. Very sweet, like cane sugar, with hints of cherry. The sweet hay aroma that the other reviewers mention was definitely there, but the vegetal notes in the actual liquor were quite understated. A great afternoon tea.
I had this tea this afternoon while I was working. I had a particularly early morning today, so I was quite tired and I wanted a white tea to perk me up and make me focused. This worked really well. Forget about white tea relaxing you, for me it definitely perks me up, especially a really nice white tea like this. Not sure if an unflavored white has a place in my cupboard, but it’s something to consider (once it decreases a bit more). This review was originally published on Steepster by Dinosara in July, 2013. TeaVivre add this whole review here by getting permission from Dinosara.
This tea has a very high volume to weight so you'll have to abandon your measuring teaspoon. I weighed out eight grams and was surprised by the volume. The brew has a really nice white-gold color. It has a hearty flavor that I wasn't expecting in a white tea--a vegetal, grassy taste that persists well after swallow. (Next time I'll probably lessen the amount of tea to lighten the flavor and stretch my supply.) Another great Teavivre tea!
Reply: White tea can be permanently preserved. And it is suggest to store the tea in cool and dry place away from sunshine.
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