Happy New Year - Bai Mu Dan

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From Andrews & Dunham Damn Fine Tea

Are you ready for the Chinese New Year? We are, and we’ve got the bunnies to prove it. We’re celebrating the New Year in the birthplace of tea with a great big tin of Bai Mu Dan white tea. Rarely is a fine tea’s character so perfectly represented by the goofy cartoon animal on its label. This fancy tea is light and fluffy, it’s round and warm. Put two heaping teaspoons of it in a strainer and before you know it you’ll have more infusions than you know what to do with!

The labels on the tins were hand printed by Aesthetic Apparatus in Minneapolis. We’ve only got 100 of these, they will not multiply, so get one while you can.

We recommend you add a great big pile of Bai Mu Dan leaves to almost boiling water. Steep for 7 minutes or longer. This tea is very loving and forgiving, it won’t get bitter if you forget about it. Hold onto the leaves and try a few more infusions.

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Andrews & Dunham knows that nothing beats a perfect cup of tea, and a great tea needs no explanation. We love the romance of tea. We love that tea might just be the healthiest thing you’ll ever drink. But if the tea you’re drinking doesn’t taste fantastic, you’re missing out. Only a few teas meet our mysterious, rigorous standards and we’re proud to offer them to you. We’re always looking for that perfect cup, so you don’t have to.

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177 tasting notes
Happy 99th tasting note to me! To celebrate I got the 99th happy tin of Rabbit tea! Wait, why does that sound wrong…?

This is brightening the endless March drizzle especially after four cups of Frontier Organics’s bai mu dan. This baicha is so smooth and honeyed. I never noticed it before but this baicha has more tips than any other I’ve had. Even so I think I’m going to drastically reduce my intake of this tea, partally to make it last, and partially because I’m getting a little burnt out on bunny baicha. Too much of a good thing and all…

I kind of wish I got tin 100 to match my tin #50. Oh well. It’s better than refreshing the counter page every ten minutes and missing it altogether.
Speaking of 100, now what should I do for note #100?

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4846 tasting notes

My tea came today (#48 out of 100) and I was so excited!

This is an exquisite Bai Mu Dan! The leaves look greener than other Bai Mu Dan teas I’ve seen. The aroma is fresh and vegetal. The flavor is beautiful – delicate, sweet, lightly vegetative with hints of flower. Delicious.


Yay for speedy service! Rabbit tea indeed! Is there a full review a-coming to tide the remaining 52 over (!!! The lucky number in tea? ) until theirs arrive?


Yes, I will write a full-review of it, probably within the next week or so… but not sure when it will be published. :) It’s an awesome Bai Mu Dan. And yes… they provide very fast service. Every time I’ve placed an order with them, I’ve been amazed at how quickly the package arrived.


This is the first one I’ll get to try. I went to put an order in for the Captain Assam/Mermaid’s Kiss and on the second lo! There be rabbits afoot! So the little money I had went to this. Definately the most responsible choice I’ve ever made.


I would LOVE to try and of their new ones!

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6770 tasting notes

“I’ll have what Batrachoid is having!”
Thanks for this gem!

This infuses darker than I expected. I’m told I have do try multiple infusions and I am going to put it to the test today!

As for the first one…this is quite nice. I, did, under infuse at about 4-5 minutes only because I am FREEZING and can’t get warm and have been wanting to try this one for quite some time…ok…since it was released!!

I agree with the other reviews that this is a wonderfully flavored plain white tea. It’s quite exceptional! It’s VERY fresh, very clean, slightly mouth watering and a hint of floral and even less hint of vegetal notes!

A pure delight!

Jim Marks

Pai/Bai Mu Tan/Dan are hands down my favorite white teas.


Great review! I caved and bought this also. I can’t wait to try it.


Hoppy Lunar New Year. =)

I agree with Jim Marks. Mu Tan are the best whites and this one is the best I’ve tried. I’m praying A&D does another white or a matcha. Ooh, I would sell my furniture to secure a year’s supply of A&D matcha.

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1328 tasting notes

Oh my gosh, I am stash reducing! I haven’t seen the other side of 55 in AGES!

Since I’m not allowed to buy anything for another couple of months it’s a good opportunity to use that stuff up, try some of the ones I’m unsure about so I know whether to actually finish them or give them away, or just throw out stuff which is ancient and known dislikes, and there are some that I’ve tested out in coldbrews instead of hot, seeing as the weather is more than right for it.

I’m working on it.

Apparently I also have to be careful because the boyfriend just noted that the shelves were thinning out and joked that then he could take one of them down.

Ha-ha-ha. Hmph.

Now. This one is one of those white teas that I always seem to end up having a couple of. Years ago, I bought one from a then local shop and I thought it was all sorts of awesome, so I bought more. And then I just… lost interest. Fell out of love. Changed my preferences, perhaps. These days, I’m having a hard time seeing what it was I found so wonderful about the type. Now I find it too cucumber-y, too courgette-y. I like cucumbers and courgettes. We eat the latter several times a week. But as a flavour aspect in my tea?


This one is no different. Kind of floral and quite, quite courgette-y. That’s really all I have to say about it. It was a sample sent to me by a person who shall remain anonymous because I can’t remember and the tin doesn’t have a number, and I’ve been confirmed in the thought that I was right not to buy it when A&D released it. As their Year of the Rabbit special.

I’ve got one more BMD on the shelf, which I think I’ll try out in a cold brew when next I make a new pitcher, but generally, BMD is just not my thing anymore.


showing my lack of sophistication – what is a courgette? Does it taste like cucumber?


You American peeps would know it as zucchini. Being on the verge of marrying an English man (only 40 more days!), I’m primarily influenced by British English. I’ve been trying to purge my English of Americanisms for some years though, because my English was such a mess. :)


Got it. I love zucchini and cucumber taste in tea. I know its not for everyone but after years of drinking one note teas I love the amazing variety. Give me hay, grass, nuts, fruit, flowers, mushrooms and whatever else is out there!

Oh, and congrats on the upcoming nuptials.


Yay only 40 more days! That is so exciting! =)

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676 tasting notes

Thank you Ian for this sample! I’ve taken some time getting to the bottom of my sample box so I’m sorry to keep Ian waiting. Now I’m in an hurry waiting for new deliveries to arrive from my April purchases (I’m an addict) and want to start with all the waiting reviews finished.
For Happy New Year, I followed regular steeping regulations for a Bai Mu Dan which was a mistake. Too short on the steeping and too cool a temp. I should have read the vendor review in this case first because it says steep 7 minutes and much hotter water. Explains why my first pot was flat and weak at 2 minutes. Not giving up, the first extraction was so poor that most of the tea essence was still inside the leaves ready for a proper second go.
Now the second (almost first) steep at almost boiling and 7 minutes. If this is highly forgiving tea like the vendor says, then I must agree that any other tea would have gone all bitter and this didn’t. There is a little vegital flavor but I can’t taste any floral notes. Maybe if it cools a bit. I’m waiting. And waiting. And waiting. No floral notes.
Not very impressed to tell you the truth. I’ve been spoiled with other Bai Mu Dan’s that are so beautiful that maybe I’m looking for the same here. This is just flat. There is a bit of astringency and vanilla cookie on the finish sort of. I’m feeling that I’m in a wind tunnel with this tea wanting to like it because everyone else does…but I don’t. Every time I walk towards the wind…I get pushed back to the wall. This is not good to me.


I feel this way with most Bai Mu Dan I’ve tried. Are there any you’d recommend? I want to find a reason to love white tea.


Well, I had a good experience with Teavive Peony Bai Mu Dan maybe because I steeped it 2 minutes and used 1TB for 16oz. It tasted like Cherrio’s and was good. (wierd I know) . Other White’s like silver needle, I love Puripan Organic Silver Needle which is wonderful. I used White Tea on my Psoriasis (hands) and it went away and never came back! (Sounds gross but true!)


Thanks for the recommendations! Plus, the Cheerio’s comparison makes complete sense to me. Mellow Monk’s Shade Grown really made me think of Cheerios, too.

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409 tasting notes

I rediscovered this at the back of a cupboard yesterday and was chagrined to see that it’s more than half full – the bunny has been neglected. But when I checked the steeping instructions I remembered why I set this tea aside: it confused me! 7 minutes with almost boiling water for a white tea? That seemed too complicated, so I decided to just try it Dragonwell style – tossing a couple tsp of leaves in the bottom of the mug, fill with hot but not boiling water, top up whenever the water gets low – and that’s working quite well so far. The liquor is a rich dark honey color, more like a light roasted oolong than a white tea. The flavors are also a bit roasty, as well as floral. It’s not getting bitter, but it is a little astringent. Hopefully this will be a nice & easygoing tea to last me through the day.

Ohhh, hello caffeine. Funny how it just hits me with some teas lately.

ETA: This did last quite well – I’d say I’ve refilled the mug about 6 times today, and it still tastes like tea, not just hot water _

190 °F / 87 °C 8 min or more

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1625 tasting notes

I opened this tea up about a month or two ago. It has been a blazingly hot summer so far, so all I’ve been drinking is cold-brewed tea or coffee. This one tastes very refreshing when cold. This last batch I made, I mixed this Bai Mu Dan with a pinch of Adagio’s peppermint. Delicious! The crisp, green and slightly floral tones mixed with the peppermint quenches my thirst. This is great! I’ve made this about 3 times already!

Iced 8 min or more

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634 tasting notes

Many thanks to the very generous Mercuryhime who was so kind as to give me not only a sample of this tea, but an entire box full of tea samples! I can’t wait to try them all! This being the first of many, I picked a favorite and what’s sure to be a winner.

I wasn’t sure that a Bai Mu Dan existed that was much different than what I’ve tried in the past. I should have known that Andrews & Dunham would manage it.

This is delicious! It has that lovely hay and sunshine flavor of White Peony that I love, plus something extra. I’m not sure how to describe it. My first instinct says this is a greener version of Bai Mu Dan. But I think that might be understood differently than I intend it.

It’s honey-sweet with a bit of unexpected tart. Subsequent steeps yield floral, toasted pumpkin seed-esque, flavorful cups. It really is lovely. I’ve enjoyed this sample very much. Here’s how I brewed it:

170 degrees for 2.5 minutes
175 degrees for 4 minutes
175 degrees for 7 minutes
175 degrees for 14 minutes

No astringency. No bitterness. Just awesome. It’s too bad there’s not more of it. I could probably drink this every day. Thanks again to Mercuryhime for making this great experience possible!

170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 30 sec

I’m only glad to be a source of your tea enjoyment. :)

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119 tasting notes

Backlog from last night.

I really like this Bai Mu Dan. It’s verrrrry light (although all white teas typically are). The leaves were pretty green but once brewed it was obvious that this was a white tea. The scent was very fresh-slightly vegetal with a floral hint somewhere in there.

The taste was phenomenal. I was in the mood for a light tea and this definitely satisfied that desire. The word that I instantly thought of when I tasted it was fresh-it was very spring-esque, and it definitely invoked the feeling of being in a field in early April (that sounds cheesy but that’s what I thought of). It started of a little grassy and vegetal (almost nutty) and then at the swallow a lovely floral note came out.

Very good!

175 °F / 79 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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525 tasting notes

Mmm… This tea is lovely. So smooth and rich. It’s savory and sweet and slightly floral. This is not your typical white tea. And the leaves are lovely as well. After steeping they look freshly plucked. So green! They tea itself is a yellow that matches my teacup. Perfect for a sunny weekend morning.


Why so much caffeine? :(

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