Our White Peony (Bai Mu Dan) is the earliest harvest of this grade of white tea and possesses a very smooth and fruity flavor with a rich floral aroma. A highly popular and affordable everyday white tea made with both buds and leaves of Fuding Da Bai cultivar.
Usually, buds used for Bai Mu Dan are more mature than those used in Bai Hao Yin Zhen (Silver Needle). This tea was first made in 1922 in Jian Yang in Fujian located at a higher altitude than the neighboring Fuding. Perfect picking style is when the leaf is only as long as the bud. This makes a very thick and sweet Bai Mu Dan.
Bai Mu Dan or “White Peony” is named for the shape of its leaves. Its one bud and two leave plucking standard is left in its natural shape without the kneading and shaping usually involved in making a green tea. As other white teas, Bai Mu Dan undergoes a slow drying process which can take as long as thirty hours to complete. Unlike Silver Needle, the raw leaves of Bai Mu Dan are heaped into a short pile for this drying process. The withered leaves are roasted dry at a low temperature, sometimes with charcoal though more often using electricity. Good Bai Mu Dan yields many apricot colored infusions with a rich flavor that is noticeably fruitier than Silver Needle.
No chemical fertilizer, pesticide, or herbicide was used in the production of this tea.
- Fujian, Fuding
- Fuding Da Bai
- loose tea
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