Fantastic white tea, definitely has a stronger almost green tea flavor, but is still a white with all of the added health benefits. The undertone is slightly floral and very slightly nutty. Oversteeping this tea will ruin it. I steep for 30 seconds on the first infusion, 45-1min on the second and then about 2 min on the third. I have continued using the leaves longer than this and just steeped for longer, but it does lose some flavor past three steeps.
Organic Snow Peony 2010
Shortages in available tea from Fujian province due to frost and rain led us to seek out a new source for a certified organic white tea in 2010. This year’s Organic Snow Peony or “Xue Ya” comes from an organic tea garden in Guangxi province. It is a relatively new cultivar developed from traditional white tea varieties, but crafted in a manner similar to green tea.
Once harvested, the down covered bud and leaf combination is roasted without the usual “fade” time traditionally used to craft white teas. The result is a tea that has the almond and apricot notes of a white tea, but does so with the lighter character of a green tea.
Water Temperature: 185°, or when small bubbles begin to form and steam is more visible.
Brewing Instructions: Use 1.5 tablespoons (double for a medium sized pot). Rinse tea for 1 second. Discard rinse water. Steep for 1-2 minutes. May be infused multiple times.