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Organic White Peony (Bai MuDan) Tea 2016

Peoke, fresh, sweet

$2.00
Organic White Peony (Bai MuDan) Tea 2016

Peoke, fresh, sweet

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93% of 100
Summary
Origin:

Mt. Taimu, Fuding City, Fujian Province, China

Season:

Spring Tea

Harvest Date:

April 30, 2016

Plucking Standard:

One bud with one leaf and one bud with two leaves

Dry Leaf: 

Straight tea buds covered in white hairs, tea leaves with grey green or dark green color

Aroma: 

Pekoe and delicate fragrance

Liquor: 

Clear and bright apricot yellow

Taste: 

Fresh, mellow and slightly sweet

Tea Bush:

Fuding Dabaihao

Tea Garden:

Heshan Organic Tea Garden

Caffeine:

Low caffeine (less than 10% of a cup of coffee)

Storage:

Store in cool, dry place away from sunlight; keep ventilated

Shelf Life:

The aged the better

Angel's Comment:

Harvested in the spring of 2016, the Organic White Peony (Bai MuDan) Tea is in the transformation period, and the grass taste is fading, which is the right time for tasting.



If you want to buy aged tea: Organic White Peony (Bai MuDan) Tea 2014

White Peony, also called Bai MuDan, was named for its green leaves and silver buds that unfurl and grow out when brewed like a flower bud in early bloom. This white peony tea was harvested in April of 2016, and is made from organically-grown Fuding Dabaihao leaves at around 800 meters elevation. After one year’s storage, the original grassy aroma of the tea fades and instead a fresher pekoe scent and more delicate fragrance take over. After brewing, the liquid of this tea is clear and bright with a soybean milk aroma, refreshing and mellow with an easily-approachable taste.

Recommend Brewing Method

Cup Method

Chinese Gongfu Method

Teacup: 12oz / 355ml Gaiwan: 3.8oz / 110ml
194℉ / 90℃ 194℉ / 90℃
3 Teaspoons / 2 Grams Tea 5g Tea
Brewing time: 5-8 mins 5 steeps: 20s,30s,40s,60s,80s
Tea Garden

Heshan Organic Tea Garden is in the main producing area of white tea in Fuding, to the west of Taimu Mountain at an elevation between 600 and 900 meters. The weather here is warm and humid with abundant rainfall, and the tea plantation is surrounded by fog, all of which result in the perfect conditions for tea bushes to accumulate a rich array of microminerals and organic nutrients. The tea plants growing here are mainly of the Fuding Dabaihao varieties.

Heshan Organic Tea Garden in Fujian

Heshan Organic Tea Garden in Fuding, Fujian Province

Tea Farmer
Tea farmer Mr. Lin

Mr. Lin was born in Fuding, Fujian, and has been living in a tea-filled environment all his life. His father, grandfather, and great-grandfather are all tea farmers; when in elementary school, Mr. Lin helped pick the tea when there were not enough workers. This led to his dream of becoming further engaged in the tea business.

He said: “My original idea was to establish a good life for my family by running a tea business. But when I got to that point in 1993, I changed my mind: Fuding is one of the best places for growing tea. So I wanted to create a long-term organic tea business.”

Mr. Lin is now one of the first founders of Chinese white tea, owning almost 2800 acres of high-quality Fuding tea gardens, including the only organic tea garden in Fujian that has passed all the European, American, and Japanese certifications. This organic garden has also become the national agricultural standard.

In 2008, his Silver Needle white tea won the gold medal at the annual Chinese White Tea festival in Beijing.

 
Origin

This Bai MuDan tea is produced in Fuding, a famous tea production area located in the northeast of Fujian Province. Fuding is of the subtropical monsoon climate, characteristic to coastal areas; it experiences an average annual rainfall of about 1661mm, and the average annual temperature is right around 18.5°C. This tropical, mountainous coastal area is perfect for growing pekoe, with abundant rainfall and temperatures neither too hot in summer nor too cold in winter; the mountains around the farms are more than 80% forested, which ensures the soil retains a high natural fertility and organic content. This in turn eliminates the need to use fertilizers.

Map of Fuding

Tea Bush

This white tea is made from the leaves of the Fuding Dabaihao plant, which propagates asexually and is shaped like a small tree, and in 1985 was certified as a national tea plant variety. It can grow up to 2.8m high with a thick trunk, and its spring leaves contain 1.8% amino acids and 28.2% tea polyphenols, marking it is an excellent base to make Silver Needle and White Peony tea.

Fuding Da Hao Tea Tree

History

Since both follow the same method of processing and use the same source plants, the histories of Bai MuDan and Silver Needle white teas are very similar, with the only difference being which parts of the plant are used.
White tea is the oldest form of Chinese tea. Farmers discovered that cooling, sun-drying, or baking the leaves ensured that the tea could be stored easily and then 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 leaf-bud ratio, was first produced in the early 1870s in the area around ShuiJi, in the Zhenghe county of Fujian province. Later on in the 1960s, production spread to the Songxi county in Fujian, and today the main production areas for Bai MuDan are these two counties as well as Fuding and Jianyang counties.

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