White Peony

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180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 g 9 oz / 276 ml

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White Peony (Bai Mu Dan) is the most common style of traditional white tea and consists of two tealeaves and a silvery bud. Bai Mu Dan is prized for its smooth, sweet flavor and slightly woody, toasted aroma. Gentle processing and a unique withering process result in an amber-orange infusion with low astringency, weighty mouth-feel and a mild flavor that pairs well with most foods.

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6770 tasting notes

My last tea before heading home…

First I must say – this looks like the salad I will be eating for dinner tonight! :P

It says on my packaging that there is accents of toasted chestnuts and honey. I can smell the toasted chestnut comparison.

It’s sweet and roasty/toasty and floral and light and flew-fee! Yes, I said Flew-Fee!!!! Flu-Fee…Floooooooo-feeeee…

The more I sip I can also taste the chesnuttiness too!

Fun White Tea! YAY!


First laugh of the day – thank you! Flew-Fee forever!!!!! :)


Flew-Fee RULES!

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911 tasting notes

Sweetened asparagus and Froot Loops, that’s what this tea makes me think of. Okay, 95% of the time I was sipping, it just made me think of sweet asparagus – not really honeyed or floral asparagus, just asparagus with the natural sugar content turned way up – but every so often, I’d get a like Froot Loops. It wasn’t so much in the taste (though once or twice I ended up with a mild Froot Loop aftertaste) but it was definitely in the smell. It didn’t come out as I intentionally smelled the cup. Only as I was holding the cup in between sips would I get the Froot Loops smell wafting by. For a bit I actually thought it was something on my porch that smelled like that but eventually I figured it out.

As weird as it sounds, sweetened asparagus with super-mild Froot Loops works really well.

175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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4847 tasting notes

A lovely white tea – sweet and very mild flavor. A nice vegetative note to it – it’s gentle, it doesn’t taste overtly grassy.

Thanks to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me this one to try!

165 °F / 73 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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47 tasting notes

i like to drink this one in the afternoon- it’s light and gentle, feels like it is soothing my just-gorged-on-leftover-v-day-chocolates tummy. working well for me today.

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51 tasting notes

So this was the second Rishi tea I ever had, I always have a tin of it in the cabinet, I always share it with friends, it never lets me down, I wrote a song about it, we’vebeentogetherforseveralyearsnow…

Anyways! What a fine example of the great qualities white tea can offer. I’ve had a few that are better, but Rishi (as usual) sets the bar pretty high.
Yes it’s not Silver Needle, but I’ve actually found that when introducing “real white tea” to my non-tea drinking friends, starting with Bai Mu Dan is sometimes the better way to go. Silver Needle has the potential to be too subtle for some taste-buds (Doesn’t it break your heart when someone claims your tea tastes like hot water?)
I think the White Peony has a little more presence while still retaining the texture and overall taste of what a white tea should be. I think it’s really a personal preference when you get down to it though, Rishi has fine examples of both Silver Needle and White Peony.

My favorite thing about this tea is that after I share it with friends, they can go out and pick it up from the grocery – it’s the gift that keeps on giving!

Oh Cha!

I totally agree about sharing white teas with friends – Bai Mu Dan seems to be a bigger crowd pleaser for the average American palate, or those who are newer tea drinkers. It’s the fuller body, and the rounder flavour methinks. :)


Rob, What really breaks my heart is when I think the tea I am drinking tastes like water! LOL yeah but I do agree my Mom tends to thinks some of my oolong teas (on the greener end of the oolong spectrum) taste like water and it totally irritates me! I usually just take over her cup at that point.

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828 tasting notes

backlogging: I had some of this thanks to the traveling tea box. it was a lovely floral cup, more strongly flavored than I expected, but that was probably because I steeped it in less water than I might have otherwise.

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100 tasting notes

This is very lovely. Very light and subtle just what I was looking for this afternoon.

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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34 tasting notes

Fruity white tea! At first it made me think of peaches, but for the second steeping it just reminded me of generic fruit, if there is such a thing. :) This seems like a fairly indestructible white tea, I used water that was too hot and steeped it too long and it still tasted great. The flavor lingered for a while after I drank it. Not really a tea to go with food, at least the turkey sandwich I had with it. The sweetness counteracts the turkeyness. For some reason this is a really crunchy tea; the leaves just flake apart.

185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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144 tasting notes

I can’t believe it’s not butter!

Rich, like a snickerdoodle cookie (no lie) and the plant life comes out with subsequent steeps. Really good!

190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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37 tasting notes

A nice floral and earthy tea. Easy drinking with a light mouthfeel.

185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 45 sec

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