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White Peony (Bai MuDan) White Tea Cake 2017

Noticeable floral and pekoe aroma

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White Peony (Bai MuDan) White Tea Cake 2017

Noticeable floral and pekoe aroma

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87% of 100
Categories:
TeaWhite
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Premium Fujian Cake Tea
Summary
Origin:

Bailin Town, Fuding City, Fujian Province, China

Harvest Date:

April 14, 2017

Production Date:

April 30, 2018

Net Weight:

350g

Dry Leaf:  

Fat buds and leaves, and the tea cake appears in silvery green.

Pekoe is densely distributed inside and outside the cake, with rich pekoe flavour.

Aroma: 

Flower and soybean milk fragrance as well as noticable pekoe flavour.

Liquor: 

Apricot yellow and bright.

Taste: 

It tastes smooth mellow and sweet, with rich pekoe flavour and a hint of flower and soybean milk fragrance.

Tea Bush:

Fuding Dabaihao

Tea Garden:

Chaitou Shan 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:

Rich pekoe flavour. The tea liqour is soft and mellow with a long sweetness in the mouth.

This white tea cake was picked prior to Grain Rain and pressed into a cake, following the one-bud, two-leaf picking started. The temperature rose just before the picking began, meaning that the trees experienced a surge in growth; as such the leaves accumulated more abundant nutrients and substances, resulting in the fat buds visible throughout this cake. This results in a higher resistance to steeping and a more prolonged and stronger flavor throughout.

 

After removing the cotton paper wrapping, these plump, pekoe-covered buds can be seen densely packed along both the interior and exterior of the cake. The dry tea carries a faint floral scent to it, and when brewed the leaves slowly stretch out and release their stronger fragrance. The tea liquid itself is apricot-yellow in color, with the pekoe flavor and floral fragrance mixing with the soy-milk sweetness expected of white tea. From the first steep to the last this tea retains a soft, smooth feeling with its thick yet delicate flavor, and after a period of aging on your shelf the character should develop even further.

Recommend Brewing Method

Cup Method

Chinese Gongfu Method

Teacup: 12oz / 355ml Gaiwan: 3.8oz / 110ml
203℉ / 95℃ 203℉ / 95℃
5g Tea 5g Tea
Brewing time: 5 - 8 mins 9 steeps: rinse, 30s, 45s, 60s, 80s, 100s, 120s, 150s, 200s, 250s
      Rinse time is around 5 seconds
Tea Garden

Chaitou Shan Tea Garden is located in Fuding, which is known as the hometown of white tea. The plantation is almost always blanketed with fog, providing the perfect conditions for the tea bushes to accumulate a wide variety of microminerals and nutrients. The soil here is rich red and yellow in color, signifying an abundance of important organic material. The tea species mainly grown here is the Fuding Dabaihao variety.

Chaitou Shan Tea Garden
 
Origin

This Bai MuDan cake was produced in Fuding, a famous center of tea production located in northeastern Fujian Province. This area is of the subtropical monsoon climate characteristic of coastal areas, with an average annual temperature of 18.5C and rainfall of around 1661mm.

Map of Fuding, Fujian

Tea Bush

This cake is made of the leaves of the Fuding Dabaihao plant, called Dahao for short. It is a small tree that propagates asexually.

Fuding Da Hao Tea Tree

In 1985, Dahao was certified as a national variety of tea plant. It grows up to 2.8m tall with a thick trunk. The tea from the spring leaves of the bush contains 1.8% amino acids and 28.2% tea polyphenols, which marks it as a high-quality base for making white tea in particular.

History

Tea has been grown in Fujian for centuries as an ever-important staple of commerce and trade throughout ancient China. Originally, the process of drying the leaves was followed by a variation of hot-air drying and sun-drying, a meticulous step intended to remove excess water from the leaves to ease the preservation process and preserve the tea for sale.

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