White Peony (Bai Mu Dan)

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175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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Our White Peony is harvested and processed from the first pluckings of spring. We buy this tea mindful of time, its leaves should be a certain size and offer a mix of light and darker greens and silver buds to create its nuanced and sweet taste. Traditionally processed by withering and air drying, the blend of leaf colors will yield a clear yellow cup color and multiple tastes of melon, grape and herbs. Be generous with the leaf, probably a heaping tablespoon and steep it in water temperature of 170–185 degrees for 2 -4 minutes.

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I don’t know that much about white teas but I am trying to further my education. I found this in the bulk section at Whole Foods so the risk of not liking it was relatively low.

These are quite beautiful long silver needles and they smell quite fresh and lovely. I have to admit my water temp has probably been a bit hotter than what they recommend but the tea does not seem to have suffered.

I am looking for the grape they have mentioned here. Grape? I don’t really get that at all. I can definitely get the honeydew melon and maybe some pear. This tea is making my tongue tingle. The only other Bai Mu Dan I’ve had is the one from Teavivre, and I don’t think this is quite as good as that one, not as sweet and flowery. But I do not think I’ll have any problem finishing this off and I might even use it in a blend.

Tamm

I think that the last Bai Mu Dan I tried had some “grape” in it. It didn’t really stand out until the 3rd-ish infusion and was much more pronounced when I added a very small amount of honey.

TeaBrat

I’ll keep trying! :)

Tamm

:O I also just realized that this is the same Bai Mu Dan that I have! So I’d for sure keep trying. I don’t know what you’re brewing it in or if it it’d change things at all. But I was using a very small ceramic piece.

TeaBrat

I used a gaiwan but only for two steeps… I might try lowering my water temp a bit as well.

Amariel

Nice. Silk Road is down the road from me. It’s a nice place on the edge of Chinatown. Maybe I’ll pop in while I’m out tomorrow.

TeaBrat

@Heather, I thought this one was in San Rafael, CA – is there more than one with the same name I wonder?

ScottTeaMan

Amy, if you get to where you like whites a bit more than you used to, they are good later in the evening. I find them relaxing and they are much lower in caffeine. I also drink more whites in the Spring and Summer. :))

TeaBrat

yeah, I have to watch my caffeine intake in the evening. I had that white tea last night and I had a hard time falling asleep….

ScottTeaMan

WOW…….white teas have a much lower content than black teas. I’m surprised the white tea kept you up.

Tamm

Amy, I totally have to do that too. I had a half glass of white tea, the same one, and I was up 2-3 hours later than usual. I normally stop drinking around 8.

Amariel

http://silkroadtea.com/location.htm

I suppose there could be more than one, but I searched the listings here and one that caught my attention was Japanese Sour Cherry, which I have had from them, but more specifically was the Alchemist’s Brew…I don’t think that’s a very common name. But more specifically, the Angelwater on Steepster under Silk Road Teas, linked from this post, is exact to the Angelwater herbal here: http://silkroadtea.com/herbal_teas.htm

So, I have to say that this is the Victoria one…

Amariel

Oh, and this one here:
http://steepster.com/teas/silk-road-teas/14886-royal-abkhazi

" *This tea, which was made exclusively for the Abkhazi Garden, is currently available in two sizes. Proceeds benefit Abkhazi Garden, a project of The Land Conservancy of B.C."

Abkhazi Gardens isn’t too far from me…

I did look up Silk Road San Rafael though, and there are indeed more than one, so it is possible the listings could be mixed up here with two companies using the same name. I suppose it depends on the logo on your tea…is it red like a Chinese character, or a horse?

TeaBrat

I don’t know… I got it in the bulk section at Whole Foods so there was no logo…

Amariel

Oh, how interesting! I wonder which one it really is then.

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I’ll be honest. Non-flavored whites freak me out. The dry smell of this one especially! I got this as a gift. I’m feeling a bit guilty for not getting around to this sooner. The hardest part of brewing the small amount I did, about 150ml, is that I only added as much as I guess-timated would be the best.
The smell on this one is very, well, dry. I find it has a lot of hay like notes. The liquor itself is very light and surprisingly has a very strong smell.
But oh my gosh. I’m so glad I tried this one! I think the water should have been heated just a bit higher b/c this is already cool and it’s only been 2min. But it is much sweeter than I thought it would be! The sweetness is actually in the forefront of this cuppa.
I actually really enjoy this tea! Coming from someone who avoids this type of style generally I am floored. This is an extra silky, extra sweet liquor with a small amount of dry/hay flavor that right now I’m willing to overlook.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 30 sec
TeaBrat

It sounds nice! I agree that plain white tea is also difficult for me to brew properly and appreciate. :)

Tamm

It is almost sacrilegious for me to be saying this, but something tells me that this very special honey I’ve been hoarding would be very nice in this. (Savannah Bee Company)

TeaBrat

I say you should go for it!

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Very light. Very floral, but not overpowering. Leaves are a combination of bright and dark greens, and silver buds. I used two full teaspoons. Next time, I think I’ll use three. Try to boost the flavors a bit.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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254 tasting notes

I’ve decided I like the second and third steeps of this best; more of the honey notes come out.

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Can’t say I was very impressed with this Bai Mu Dan, which is too bad because the dry leaves looked and smelled incredibly lovely. The aroma was full-on “grape”, not just a hint of grape – bold. That trait, however, only translated partially to the taste; a flavor I liken to smoked vegetables by way of melons. I don’t think I over-brewed this, for I was well within the steeping parameters. It just wasn’t my usual cuppa. Still on the decent side, though.

Full Review: http://www.teaviews.com/2011/01/09/review-silk-road-teas-white-peony/

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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9 tasting notes

light and refreshing, very nice

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12 tasting notes

A nice light, floral tea. The leaves themselves smell great and have a nice appearance. Pretty good price for 2 oz of this white tea.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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28 tasting notes

A good basic white peony. One of my staples.

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