White Peony

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180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec 4 g 11 oz / 339 ml

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  • “Opened a bag of this today. It’s so delicate and beautifully floral, just perfect for this time of year. I’ve been resteeping the same leaves all afternoon (about 4 times, I think), and they were...” Read full tasting note
  • “Okay, so the Sawadee stemed Darj was a fiasco, but there are other fishies in the sea. Here is one that came to me from Infusin_Susan and the amount of leaf was just right for a small non-sharing...” Read full tasting note
  • “After several recommendations I only steeped this for 3min. Wow… still ncredibly dark. The liquor is a medium dark orange brown. Not delicate at all… and that makes me sad.” Read full tasting note
  • “I have a lot of White Peony on my shelves from different companies because it’s my favourite white tea and it’s high time I started to drink it up. From Adagio I only have a 9g sample to try. I was...” Read full tasting note

From Adagio Teas

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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Adagio Teas has become one of the most popular destinations for tea online. Its products are available online at www.adagio.com and in many gourmet and health food stores.

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110 tasting notes

Astonishingly honey-dark color after 7 minutes steeping, with a light, slightly spicy scent that does remind me of peonies. Sweet, and slightly salty taste, with almost no bitterness even after the long steep. Second steep is bolder and darker, with more of a honey taste.

180 °F / 82 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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243 tasting notes

I have been drinking all sorts of Adagio this weekend as one of my good friends got a huge set of samples. This was included in the sample pack. I had it before in one of the Twilight blended teas (Jacob’s Tears). I can now pick out the White Peony in that blend. I thought that was nice. Anyway, about this tea.

The leaves smell slightly floral and very sweet. The tea itself has a clean taste, you definitely smell and taste this tea at the same time while you are drinking it. I would have enjoyed the tea more if it was more floral or sweeter. Overall, was decent.

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52 tasting notes

When I first got into drinking loose leaf tea, Adagio Teas was the first place I found. I love that I am in a one day delivery zone & that they offer various teas at really reasonable prices. For us tea addicts, we strive for the best quality & pricing possible to help our addiction.

FYI….I’m very happy in my addiction!!

This White Peony is good. Not the best I’ve ever had, but it’s good. It’s typical white tea in the Earthy smell & taste. But I didn’t get the dark color that everyone else did when steeping. Maybe I used too little tea? Maybe they used too much? Who knows…who cares.

I enjoyed it. I might not rush out to order more & always have it on hand, but I would share a pot of it if someone asked me to brew it up.

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100 tasting notes

Figured I’d knock out my sampler of white tea, something I’m new to and not as crazy about in general. Tea and toast for the evening.

I’m very naive when it comes to white teas and prefer stronger blends myself. Even I can clearly tell this is a quality tea, very smooth and light ‘clean’ taste with a tad touch of grassiness. Sugar would likely kill it as it’s naturally sweet on its own. Uplifting and refreshing, just not something I’d drink normally as I enjoy more flavor. Going to retry soon by steeping longer and adding even more tea than just 2 tbs.

Basically seems like a high-quality white tea, white tea in general is just not for me. Rated this higher because it deserves it and shouldn’t only be rated by personal preference.

I made a mistake of tasting it an hour later after it had completely cooled in my teacup – had gotten quite astringent letting it sit. So, don’t do that!

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44 tasting notes

Upon opening the bag I was rather surprised to find out that this tea smelled like chocolate! When brewed, it has a very delicate floral aroma to it. The color is quite interesting- an almost golden hue. It’s definitely not a delicate white, as the grade would imply, so from some reviews I’ve read that point that out as a negative, I really have to scratch my head. This is coming from a person that enjoys more of the bold flavors that come with lower grades, though. The aftertaste is very sweet and like the dry scent suggested, there’s a faint taste of chocolate, too.

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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64 tasting notes

I don’t like the new style whites as much as the traditional silver needle, but it’s still mighty fine (how’s that for proper tea tasting language).

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104 tasting notes

I ended up having this as a midmorning tea after sleeping in. I was surprised by how light the tea was after steeping for seven minutes. The smell was pleasant. There was hit of floral, and something underneath that I kind of recognized from drinking Cantaloupe Bai Mu Dan by 52teas.com.

The first couple of sips had that floral note, but eventually that note seemed to fall away. The tea cooled rather quickly, which I thought might bring some of the flavor back, but no, it didn’t. It still had that very light flavor I associate with white tea, which isn’t unpleasant, just very wasn’t very flavorful.

Any suggestions would be helpful if someone out there has a different way of brewing this than the instructions given by adagio.com.

180 °F / 82 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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14 tasting notes

The Leaf appearance, dry, was a mixture of buds and leaves, silvery-white and brown respectively. Some twigs were contained within. The leaves smelled earthy and sweet, with an subtle fruit undertone I later understood to be peachy. After the brew, the leaves looked like a forest floor after rain; Browns and glistening dark greens. The leaves were rubbery, with almost a crunchy feeling before they gave.

The liqueur of the tea was a beautiful golden yellow, sparkling as topaz in the glass cup I poured it into. The nose was a heavy woody note, with subtle peach undertones. It had almost a chewy, thick earthy taste with a subtle floral undertone and a fruity-sweet finish.

This tea was a sampler from adagio, and originally I followed the 195 degree instructions. I found the tea then to taste horrible, muddy brown and too astringent. Experience has taught me that white tea is white tea is white tea, and even though this isn’t first flush, it’s still best enjoyed under similar conditions. After a few months of not even looking at the tin, I did extend the normal time, and it was a good choice.

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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55 tasting notes

This is a lovely tea – delicate flavor, slightly sweet and less grassy than Silver Needle (my all-time favorite). Perfect for a morning that I’m feeling out of sorts…

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7 tasting notes

I guess I expected more obvious differences between white and green tea… if I had two methods of steeping I’d do a side-by-side taste test


I’m not sure what the craze is over white peony… It doesn’t seem like a very special white tea.
I think you’ll find a much for defined difference if you try a tea like Silver Needle.

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