The least favorite tea I’ve had. I’ll try anything once, but I think I’m just not one for strong floral notes. I know better now!
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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.
Ok, I feel this tea has the same review and attributes as the Silver Needle except for a few minor tweaks. The only difference is in lieu of the crispiness and apple undertones, it is replaced with a creaminess. All White Peony teas remind me of a Chardonnay wine; the creaminess, the light buttery texture [or in tea’s case, mouth feel]. You can only really detect a minor mouth feel with Adagio’s White Peony, not like Steven Smith Teamaker’s which is a little more pronounced.
The aroma is very similar, but with more of a butter-cream mixed in with the fruit…it is a gauzy, transparent creaminess. I realize this description may sound like an oxymoron, but it fits.
The longer this tea steeps, it just slightly improves; it does not get strong or bitter at all.
The aftertaste is where the butter and cream show up for the party, but stays in the background. There is a slight linger on the tongue but dissipates quickly like a light breeze.
In conclusion, I do like and enjoy this tea, but there are better iterations out on the market, one in particular, Steven Smith Teamaker…his tea is absolutely delicious and sublime leaving you with wanting more. I would concur with other tea enthusiasts out there, Adagio Teas is a good starter for beginners wanting to steep themselves in the enjoyment and world of tea.
Update: My initial taste and review stands [1st infusion only], however, as with the Silver Needle, I used a smaller cup with less water and the flavor intensified. With this varietal, you can tell the difference between 1st and 2nd flush; because White Peony is considered the 2nd flush where as Silver Needle is the 1st flush and only the buds, therefore, this has a hint more “green” taste to it, since it is mixed in with the two top leaves along with the buds it possess the “green tea” characteristics. It is still delicious and delightful. I highly recommend this tea and brand.
Here’s another white tea that I like. I’ve also found that I may need to train my palate for the subtle taste that are in the lighter teas. It took 3 cups to actually begin to see the difference between White Symphony and Silver Needle. But I did and this has a more floral taste that I do like. I can recommend it and will most likely have it again.