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White Peony (Bai MuDan) Tea

Entry-level, perfect for every day drinking

$2.00
White Peony (Bai MuDan) Tea

Entry-level, perfect for every day drinking

Rating:
94% of 100
Categories:
TeaWhite
Summary
Origin:

Mt. Taimu, Fuding City, Fujian Province, China

Season:

Spring Tea

Harvest Date:

April 23, 2017

Dry Leaf: 

Tender tea buds (covered with white hairs) and leaves

Aroma: 

Fresh and pure with pekoe flavour

Liquor: 

Pale apricot color

Taste: 

Mellow and brisk with thick taste, light soybean milk aroma
with a touch of gentle sweet lingering in mouth

Tea Bush:

Fuding Dabaihao

Tea Garden:

Nanguang 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:

This Bai Mudan is a great choice for entry level tea lovers of White Tea with its affordable price.

Certification:

Eurofins Certification

Teavivre’s White Peony Bai MuDan tea is farmed and produced on Mt. Taimu, using material from Dabaihao tea trees. While this is a slightly oxidized white tea, it is produced with the same minimal processing as Silver Needle white tea, with the main difference between the two being that silver needle uses only buds, while bai mudan includes opened leaves as well.

Recommend Brewing Method

Cup Method

Chinese Gongfu Method

Teacup: 12oz / 355ml Gaiwan: 3.8oz / 110ml
185℉ / 85℃ 185℉ / 85℃
2g Tea 5g Tea
Brewing time: 5-8 mins 5 steeps: rinse, 25s, 45s, 70s, 90s, 150s
      Rinse time is around 5 seconds
Tea Garden

The Nanguang Tea Garden is located west of Taimu Mountain at an elevation between 600 and 900 meters, and is 80% covered with forest. The weather here is warm and humid with abundant rainfall year-round; the tea plantation itself is surrounded by fog almost constantly, creating the perfect conditions for tea bushes with a rich array of micro-minerals and organic nutrients accumulating in the leaves. The plants growing here are mainly of the Fuding Dabaihao varieties.

Nanguang Tea Garden

Nanguang Tea Garden in Panxi, Fujian

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. Jian 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 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 for white teas at the annual Chinese White Tea festival in Beijing.

 
Origin

This Bai Mudan tea is produced in Panxi, Fuding, a famous area of production located in the northeast of Fujian Province. Fuding experiences the subtropical monsoon climate characteristic of coastal areas, with an average annual temperature of about 18.5 Celsius and an average annual precipitation of around 1650mm. This tropical mountains coastal area is perfect for growing pekoe, with its abundant rainfall and mild temperatures; the mountains surrounding the farms are almost entirely blanketed with forests, ensuring the soil has a high natural fertility and organic content, which 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 was an excellent base to make Silver Needle and White Peony tea.

Fuding Da Hao Tea Tree

History

While tea was originally grown in the area around the city of Fuding, it later spread to the areas around the cities of Shuiji, and then Zhenghe. The first type of white tea produced was Silver Needle, in the area around Taimu Mountain.
Originally, Silver Needle tea was made from the buds of the Xiaobai variety of tea bush, a smaller and slower-growing variety; because of this, the tea was more expensive and harder to find. However, around 1857, farmers near Shuiji began using Dabaihao tea bush varieties, with larger buds and the capability to produce higher-quality tea, with more fuzz on the leaves and a stronger fragrance and taste. From that point on, Silver Needle, White Peony, and other types of white tea have been made using Dabaihao tea plants.

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