Oh my gosh. I don’t know if I like this one or Snowbud more, but ahhhh I love this tea!
I love how it’s not like super grassy like the other white teas that I’ve had. This is like the perfect flavour. It’s like the big sister of Snowbud :)
“Opened a bag of this today. It's so delicate and beautifully floral, just perfect for this time of year. I've been resteeping the same leaves all afternoon (about 4 times, I think), and they were...” Read full tasting note
“Okay, so the Sawadee stemed Darj was a fiasco, but there are other fishies in the sea. Here is one that came to me from *Infusin_Susan* and the amount of leaf was just right for a small non-sharing...” Read full tasting note
“After several recommendations I only steeped this for 3min. Wow... still ncredibly dark. The liquor is a medium dark orange brown. Not delicate at all... and that makes me sad.” Read full tasting note
“I have a lot of White Peony on my shelves from different companies because it's my favourite white tea and it's high time I started to drink it up. From Adagio I only have a 9g sample to try. I...” Read full tasting note
White tea from the Fujian province of China. White Peony, also known as Pai Mu Tan, is a sweet, mild tea made from unopened tea buds, as well as the two newest leaves to sprout. The freshly harvested leaf is allowed to wither dry in the sun. The natural oxidation which takes place during this withering gives White Peony beautiful, plush flavors (not unlike an oolong, flavor-wise). The nose is warm, floral and rich like fruit blossoms. The liquor is golden and bright. Clean, succulent floral-fruit flavor and rounded mouthfeel. If you are beginning your exploration of white tea, or even just tea in general, our White Peony tea will serve a wonderful introduction.
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First sample from the Adagio white sampler pack. The dry leaves smell distinctly of timothy hay. The leaves are darker than I was expecting, but having very little experience with white teas, I’m not sure what my expectations are based on exactly… Brewed, the liquor smells of honey—but a strong wildflower honey, not the stuff that comes in the squeezy bear—and is colored similar. The honey and floral notes come through prominently in the taste, with a pear-like crispness on the finish. Though the flavor is pretty delicate, this has a nice full, almost creamy mouthfeel. Highly enjoyable!
Pretty standard white peony (bai mu dan) if you ask me. But I don’t mean that in a bad way, and I wasn’t disappointed at all by this tea, in fact it was exactly what I expected. If you like this style you’ll like this tea. A great intro to white/green teas, and very versatile because it is great for a refreshing summer iced tea as well as a hot accompaniment to any meal.
For white tea this sure makes quite a robust cup. Many have remarked on the dark color for it being a white tea and I have to agree. A brew of about 175 degrees for 3-5 minutes makes a dark cup. However, that doesn’t mean this is not a good tea. It is the first white I have ever tried and if they all taste like this then I’m hooked! While it’s not the best thing I’ve ever drunk, it is well worth the price. There is somewhat of a vegetableness to it but it still remains sweet.
The dry leaves gave off a very strong honey aroma. However, once steeped the sweetness disappeared. Instead it tasted of vegetation, rather like sipping a mouthful of cooked vegetables. The flavor was smooth, though there was a hint of bitterness and astringency.
I’ve come to the conclusion that I simply prefer sweeter or more floral teas, and this one just isn’t for me.