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drank White Peony (Bai MuDan) Tea by Teavivre
1719 tasting notes

I did not realize there was an organic version of this one available. That may explain why this non-organic version is my third favorite white tea. Top honors goes to Teavivre’s organic Silver Needle. Oh my that one is so good. Second favorite is Concept Teas White Peony. The difference between this and the Concept Teas version is the latter is far more fragrant and more developed in flavor. It is a noticeable difference. However, now realizing there is another higher level White Peony by Teavivre this may require further investigation!

Totally unrelated – while sipping this and typing the note I grabbed a generic fudge striped shortbread cookie. When I picked up the cup again for a moment I could have sworn this was puerh. The cocoa brought out all these wonderful earthy notes. Seriously you need to try it. Like you need an excuse to nibble on cookies.

Bonnie

Now you know why I love a ginger cookie and puerh or a malty black tea and a spice cookie…yummy!

K S

Two teas in one – just add cookies! C is for cookie. That’s good enough for me. (Been a while since I’ve watched that one)

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drank White Peony (Bai MuDan) Tea by Teavivre
1719 tasting notes

7:00 PM and this is my first cup of the day! I have been outside enjoying the sun all afternoon. It was around 70 and gorgeous, even built a fire in the pit and roasted hot dogs.

Kind of stuck on this tea lately. Moving on will be a little easier since a new box of Teavivre samples just arrived today. It only took 9 days to get here from China! Amazing.

gmathis

Yum—hot dogs are at the top of my hubby’s “can’t like an 18-year-old any more” list, and I’m overdue for one with spicy mustard and dill relish.

K S

I had them with a diet Dr Pepper. Pretty sure they cancel each other out… followed by, why are my pants shrinking. I’ll save you one next time.

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91
drank White Peony (Bai MuDan) Tea by Teavivre
1719 tasting notes

Two days ago we had highs in the low 80’s. This morning it is 31. Spring come back. Oh well, the sun is shining and my head ache is gone.

I noticed I have not recorded a lot of tea drinking in the last week. I’ve had a lot of fast food tea and some Starbucks frappechino, but in general I’ve just been too busy.

My intent this morning was to have this make-shift gong fu style. That only works if you are awake and you only put a little water over the leaf. I poured my usual 12oz. Oops. So looks like mug style for me. No additives which is rare for me, and I don’t miss ’em, which is even more rare. This is a really nice Bai MuDan.

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drank White Peony (Bai MuDan) Tea by Teavivre
1719 tasting notes

I know most of you want a tea with ‘Grrrr!’ first thing in the morning. Not me. I like to ease into the day. I have been craving this one for a few days and I finally get to set down with it.

The scent of the wet leaf this morning reminds me of lazy summer afternoons breaking beans with mom and dad under the shade tree. I hated breaking beans back then, but somehow recapturing that moment in time brings me great pleasure as I sip today. I am also getting light cucumber notes. Not as intense as silver needle but still a beautiful white.

Something else I am noticing that I never paid attention to before – you know how shu often has that wonderful horse tack flavor? In this I can sense inklings or the beginnings of how such a flavor develops. It is buried under the hay, the grass, and the broken beans.

White tea may be subtle but it is deep.

TheTeaFairy

What a beautiful review KS… Also liking this tea a lot, I think I know how it makes you feel, I have a very similar memory to yours, at my gand parents farm, also breaking beans with my grandma, under a large maple tree :-) Somehow, nostalgia and tea go well together…

gmathis

Couldn’t stand snapping beans…too fuzzy…but I loved shelling peas when it was hot. Felt cool and soothing on the hands!

K S

beans, peas, didn’t matter. They were green and I didn’t do green back then. But after the gardening was done we broke out the croquette set. Simple times – miss them.

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drank White Peony (Bai MuDan) Tea by Teavivre
1719 tasting notes

Ok, so yesterday I was sipping the organic silver needle and loving it, but I thought to myself, I’m not sure I can tell the difference between it and the white peony. I didn’t want to do a side by side comparison as they both re-steep way too many times for me to try. Instead I am doing a back to back 2 day comparison.

Immediately, I notice some big differences. First off the leaf of the organic silver needle is made of perfect looking buds of uniform size. The white peony is a lot more random shreddings of various sizes and shapes with some buds. The scent of sweet hay, while steeping, filled the room with the OSN. The WP I really didn’t notice while brewing. A grassy hay scent did develop as the wet leaf cooled in the press waiting for the next steep. Both steeped 2 minutes for the first cup. Each produces a very light, slightly yellow, liquor. The WP is a little darker.

I am a self-confessing Splenda junkie. I resisted the urge at the beginning with both first cups. The OSN produced a complex cup even without additives. The WP seemed flat in comparison. Once I added sweetener the WP also produced the cucumber melon notes I caught in the OSN. There is some difference in the complexity, and this has more of a grassy hay taste, but this is still a really good cup. My use of sweetener evens the playing field quite a bit and explains, to me at least, why I wasn’t sure I could tell the difference between them.

My experience with white tea beyond these two is limited to bagged versions such as Twinings and Stash, among others. Both of the Teavivre versions easily blow all of these out of the water. Compared one to the other, the organic silver needle seems the clear winner, all things being equal, especially if you don’t use sweetener. Keep in mind though, there is a substantial price difference between the two. The white peony is a really good and economical tea choice that is a big improvement over bagged.

Bonnie

I’m a Splenda junkie too! If I used sugar or agave arrrr I’d be gaining weight! Right now this month I’ve lost 10 lbs. I need to lose 25 more. Last year 40 lbs. Tea really helps especially puerh.

Azzrian

wow Bonnie! Congrats!! That is IMPRESSIVE! :)

ashmanra

This is good to know. I don’t use sweetener, so it would be better for me to go with the OSN. Thanks for doing such a great comparison!

Bonnie

I don’t use sweetener all the time. I’ve learned that some tea is fine without but when I run into a tea that CRY’s Sweeten ME Please…I do. And sometimes I do all the steps…straight, sweet, sweet and with milk to see what develops. It’s the cook in me. I know that at times adding sweet brings up a hidden flavor and milk can mellow harshness. Now and then I want a ooy gooy dessert or a sweet and creamy puerh latte. Wish that natural sweeteners like truvia were not bitter hot.

ashmanra

I used to add sugar to ALL tea! LOL! Then we started trying just a sip plain, then a bit with just sugar, then with milk and sugar. But I had two diehard tough chick friends who wouldn’t add sugar to ANYTHING, even coffee, and I felt ashamed shoveling in sugar. (I did use honey if it was herbal!). I finally got weaned off it, except if i drink a hearty breakfast tea in the morning. Then it gets milk AND sugar! Afternoons though, I really mostly drink oolongs or greens or flavored blacks and I take them plain. I almost always have to soften Assams with milk, even if I don’t sweeten them.

ashmanra

Oh, my mom’s iced tea was like SYRUP. People down he-ah just loved it. I cut back the sugar in her iced tea recipe by a whole cup, and it was still too sweet for some of my friends! I still love a good sweet, Southern iced tea but can now also enjoy it without sugar, which was a big step for me.

K S

Growing up, my brother made the iced tea and it was always syrup. Today I never put sugar in iced tea. But I have yet to wean off it in hot tea. Lately I have been trying to use half a packet of Splenda. I notice before the cup is gone so is the rest of the packet. Maybe I should just start icing all of it!

SimplyJenW

KS-You and I have the same sweetening habits! Never in iced, and I wish I could stop adding Splenda to my hot black tea….. I can skip it with most hot greens and oolongs, though. I have tried other sweeteners on several occasions, but I always miss the Splenda.

teawing

+1 on the Splenda Junkie… :(

Bonnie

I just love these true confessions! I thought that I was the only person secretly adding Splenda!

ashmanra

The only thing that got me off sugar in black tea was finding black tea that tasted BAD with sugar! LOL! Like Golden Monkey from Harney…I think it is awesome plain, but those honey notes get all confused to me when I add sugar. Strong keemuns, though, and Assams until less very lightly brewed require softening and taming with a wee bit of sugar and a little milk or I just don’t enjoy them.

teawing

I am Type 2 diabetic so sugar isn’t much of an option anymore. I use a smakeral of honey sometimes for the flavor, but have to be careful.

Joshua Smith

I was introduced to tea prepared in the English Tradition: Tea blacker than my ex’s heart, sugar, and creme. It was only a few months ago that I really go into loose-leaf tea, and I quickly discovered that it’s more fun to drink tea without sugar in it. I like thinking about the subtle flavors in a high quality tea, and you just can’t do that when you add sugar. To me, sugar completely change the way a tea tastes, and not always in a good way.

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91
drank White Peony (Bai MuDan) Tea by Teavivre
1719 tasting notes

I am really enjoying this. Upped the first steeping time to 2 1/2 minutes. Also bumping up the rating.

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drank White Peony (Bai MuDan) Tea by Teavivre
1719 tasting notes

Still loving this. I went another 3 cups today with yesterday’s leaf. Even after 8 cups it could have gone more. The last six months are destroying decades of my ideas about tea. I was perfectly happy buying cardboard boxes of tea. That is changing. Bagged tea = 1 ok steep. Grocery store loose leaf, probably 2 slightly more interesting steeps. A better quality loose I can drink off the same leaves all day, or like this tea for two days and each cup is different. Woo Hoo!

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91
drank White Peony (Bai MuDan) Tea by Teavivre
1719 tasting notes

Online Info:
Teavivre’s website is easy to navigate, full of information and, to me, is frustration free. There is a good range of teas without being overwhelming. Each tea has pictures of leaf and brew. There is a summary tab and a more info tab that includes a map of where the tea is grown. The prices seem about right and there is free shipping with a $30 purchase.

Packaging:
Delivery from China took about 2 weeks. Shipment well protected. Inside the box the outermost pouches were bubble wrapped! Each tea came in a heavy resealable pouch. Nice. The pouch label includes ingredients, origin, production date, shelf life, brewing instructions, plus manufacturer and distributor info. The information is specific to the tea inside – not a, one size fits all, label. Inside the pouch each sample was individually wrapped. I am impressed with the attention to detail. It speaks volumes of the quality and care level at Teavivre.

Leaf And Brew:
The dry leaf is a mix of white and green colors and yes I can see the white fuzz. It smells like tobacco, maybe a light cigar wrapper – a really good smell. The wet leaf is more of a sweet dried grass. I followed the instructions and steeped the first cup for 90 seconds – longer on later cups. The brew is a light yellow. More amber in the cup.

The Sip:
I did not use sweetener on the first cup. I tasted cucumber. I have never caught that in a tea before and it tastes way better than it sounds. This is followed by the slightest peppery note. At the back of the sip is a mild grassiness that lingers in the aftertaste with a natural touch of sweetness. An interesting mix of flavors. Next cup, because I am a barbarian, I added a bit of sweetener. This brought the sweet grassiness up a notch and dropped the cucumber down a bit but all the flavors were present and were experienced in the same order as before. The third, fourth, and fifth cups the cucumber is gone the drink is more inline with what my preconceived idea of a white tea tastes like, but better. I did not know white tea could steep this many times. It was still going strong when I quit.

Conclusion / Rating:
This is my first loose white. This tea is pleasant and interesting. Each cup is full of different flavors. As my previous experience is with bagged versions, I am basing my score on my own enjoyment level and not on any comparisons.

teamax

My Grandpa used to call us barbarians when we used forks at the chinese restaurant.

CHAroma

Smells like tobacco?? Really? I’m not sure that’s a good thing…

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89

I’ve been sipping on this early mornings the last week or so! Backlogging…but see other notes :) It’s really quite FAB :)

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89

I just finished up 4 infusions of this.
The first was a lovely gentle malt and black tea taste. the 2nd and 3rd were a bit on the lighter side of a black but still tasty. The 4th was about the same strength-wise as the previous two but I could pick up on fruity notes! It was neat!

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89

I seriously thought I had logged this one…I’m rather certain. Anyhow…I had this one earlier today and really enjoyed it. Now that I cannot find my logger-first review I will make a note to give it another go next week and review further.

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79

Mmm. Juicy and flavorful. Love it!

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86

Surprisingly tasty, smooth and slightly chocolatey. Hint: Use good quality water when brewing this tea.

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71

I don’t tend to be too fond of flowery teas, but this organic Bai Mu Dan is only very slightly floral. In fact, the liquor is so smooth and delicate that I find myself working overtime trying to identify the flavor elements. BUT then I remember to relax and surrender to the tea. Yeeessss… there’s a sweet, fruity essence that lingers on my pallet. What a lovely, delicate, floral, fruity, and smooth cuppa.

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96

BTW, this stuff also produces a decent second infusion, unusual for a black tea.

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96

Truly an outstanding tea. The dry leaf has a hint of pine in the nose, but the taste is pure caramel. Not a hint of astringency or bitterness, but this is by no means a “flabby” tea either. Delicious, simply delicious.

Doug F

I had never heard of teavivre until I read your post. Checked out the website and found some nice selections—and the prices are good!

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82

Slightly sweet and slightly floral. A bit juicy and velvety as well! Thumbs up! This is a nice relaxing white tea :)

ScottTeaMan

Any Bai Mu Dan I’ve ever cupped had some nutty notes to them. Did you pick any of that up? Judging from the picture, this Bai Mu Dan may not exhibit these qualities, but it looks like a great tea! :)

TeaEqualsBliss

I, personally, didn’t ‘get’ any nutty flavors in this…sweeter/floral, mostly :)

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98

SIPDOWN…sad to see this one go :(

K S

feeling your pain :(

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98

I started my day with 3 cups of this…see previous notes…

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98

I’m so glad I found this in my stash! I’ve been craving it all week! See previous notes!!!!

Bonnie

I have more coming in the mail. After all the samples, I finally ordered and PAID for tea!!! This was one of the ones I loved. And the pearls and a puerh. OH YES! Glad you found it!

Charles Thomas Draper

I just ordered a nice amount

Bonnie

Good way of putting it. If you say. I ordered a bunch of tea …. you’ll get 50 pm’s requesting samples! Even from me!

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98

Backlogging some bakey/cakey goodness!

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98

LOVE plain and simple…yet it’s certainly NOT plain nor simple as a tea…excellent! See other notes :)

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98

Backlogging from earlier today…see previous notes :)

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