Organic White Peony (Bai Mu Dan) Tea

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White Tea
White Tea Leaves
Butter, Caramel, Fruity, Grain, Hay, Honey, Sweet, Floral, Stonefruits, Flowers, Peach, Grass, Cut grass, Mineral, Straw, Cucumber
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190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 45 sec 6 g 11 oz / 327 ml

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  • “I went out to lunch and for tea with a friend today (blog post coming soon). The tea I choose was a raw pu-erh and it was fairly bitter for me. When I got home, I just felt like having something...” Read full tasting note
  • “Thank you Teavivre for the sample! This tea was very relaxing today. I even found it evoked some vivid memories in my mind. I didn’t find it as flavourful as other Bai Mu Dan’s I’ve tried, but I...” Read full tasting note
  • “Sipdown (217)! So, a while ago I made a really nice baked brie with blueberry compote topping with a side of Blueberry Jam tea infused brown sugar syrup topped fresh fruit. However, what’s a meal...” Read full tasting note
  • “Ah, white tea, my old nemesis. Hah, not really, but still, I haven’t had a ton of luck with white teas in the past. Not that I have brewed white teas that I’ve actively disliked or couldn’t finish...” Read full tasting note

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Origin: Organically grown at Mt. Taimu in Fuding, Fujian, China

Ingredients: Made from one or two leaf buds covered with fine downy white hairs

Taste: A delicate, slightly flowery, sweet, lingering taste

Brew: 2-3 teaspoons for 8oz of water. Brew at 194 ºF (90 ºC) for 1 to 2 minutes (exact time depends on your taste – a longer time will give the tea a stronger taste and color)

Health Benefits: White Peony tea undergoes minimal processing and so it retains all the antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that all white teas are renowned for.

Certifications: The particular Organic White Peony (Bai MuDan) tea that TeaVivre is selling, is guaranteed to be organically grown and produced, independently verified to meet USDA, EU, JAS organic certifications.

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116 Tasting Notes

747 tasting notes

I prefer this tea infused at a lower temperature. I can taste the complexity of the white tea flavour.

175 °F / 79 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 14 OZ / 400 ML

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This is a really nice and complex tea! Made gong fu style, this tea will really take you on a journey to discover the flavors. Once you think you have it figured out, the next steep brings out even different flavors! Really nice value

Flavors: Butter, Caramel, Fruity, Grain, Hay, Honey, Sweet

190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 45 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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281 tasting notes

It’s been quite awhile I’ve had a White Peony. This is delicious! Exactly what I was looking for with its sweet hay aroma and flavor. I used the entire sample packet, for 30s steeps. So good! The first steep was especially sweet.

200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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102 tasting notes

Update: It’s been 4 hours since I drank this, but I keep fancying that I smell the White Peony fragrance all around my office. That’s probably a testament to how deliciously sticky the scent of this tea is. (Unfortunately, I was also in a terrible mood––one of those days where you drop everything you try to hold, and your joints and limbs just feel completely out of whack. It could very well have been the challah with lemon curd I ate for breakfast, but I’ll have to monitor how I feel after drinking the second sachet of this Organic Bai Mudan as well heh.)

Gosh, Teavivre has amazing Bai Mu Dans. The moment the hot water hits the leaves, a heady aroma just gushes to the nose.

1st infusion: (25s)
Blanched leaves have a really strong fruity scent like dark stonefruit, plum, blackberries with an elegant floral perfume. The liquor smells more floral with a hint of fruit. What an excellent cup of tea.

2nd infusion: (45s)
Darker and more flavourful liquor than the first. I pretty much gulped it down so quickly I couldn’t review it.

3rd infusion (70s)
The leaves just smell steamed now, no fragrance left. Liquor remains floral but no more fruity sweetness. Still yummy though. Pairs decently with my challah and lemon curd.

4th infusion: (90s)
It’s mellowed out a lot, tastes comforting and ever-so-slightly astringent with a beautiful pale golden hue but I don’t think the 5th infusion would taste good, and I have to go to work so stopping here.

Flavors: Floral, Stonefruits

185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 5 OZ / 147 ML

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511 tasting notes

I brewed half of my 5g sample yesterday and the rest of it today, both with 12 oz water for 3 min. For some reason, though, yesterday’s cup seemed sweeter and more floral than today’s. Perhaps I didn’t divide the sample as equally as I thought. Today the tea tastes much stronger of hay. Apparently this tea can be easily tweaked to bring out more or less of these flavors. A gong fu brewing would probably yield the best of everything, but I only take the time for that once in a while.

Flavors: Floral, Hay, Sweet

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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633 tasting notes

now that I can drink tea as my throat feels better I will do a full review as per deal with teavivre:

this tea when dry smells like flowers and peaches :)

when I smell the tea leaves when wet, it smells like flowers too

when I taste the tea it tastes like flowers and honey :D

many thanks to angel tevivre for this amazing tea

Flavors: Flowers, Honey, Peach, Sweet

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 10 g 25 OZ / 750 ML

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818 tasting notes

I thought it would be fun to steep a white tea gong fu-style, so I opted to try this tea out. Thanks for the sample, Angel!! I’ve had a white tea gong fu-style at Samovar, but they used too much leaf, in my opinion, and the steeps came out bitter. For this session, I used probably 2/3 to 3/4 of the sample packet with the recommended 194-degree water. I did a super quick rinse just to wet the leaves, and then steeped it 15/30/45/60/90/180sec. The first steep was similar in taste to other white peony teas I’ve tried before…sweet hay notes. This one, however, was smoother than others I’ve had. Sometimes the hay note kind of causes a drying feeling in my mouth, but I didn’t really have that with this tea. In the second steep, the hay note moved to the background and a pleasant peach taste came through! There was also a bit of a vegetal note, similar to what I find in green oolongs. In the later steeps, that vegetal note came through as sweet zucchini! Nice and light and great for hot weather (which we can’t seem to get rid of around here!)

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1129 tasting notes

It must be springtime…I am on the white tea train :) so fresh, light, sweet..jusr reminiscent of the season. I had a gaiwan session of this yesterday and I am finishing the packet off today with another session. This is also a sipdown of the free samples Angel so generously provided, thanks again!

This tea is quite good brewed gongfu style. The first steep had almost a sugar sweet, vanilla marshmallow flavor. Later steeps become more hay like and a bit more grassy. It has pretty good staying power and is a nice compliment to the overcast sky this afternoon. Quite enjoyable!

Oh and I went for a run/jog/walk/hike lol. It’s still too icy on the trails to be able to run, in spots it was so bad we had to hike up the steep slope in the bush to avoid it lol. But once it melts it will be a really nice trail, seems pretty safe too so I’m excited to hopefully get in a routine :) yay for spring, running and tea!

leaf in hot water

love running too! I hear you, icy is no fun when you have to keep stopping and circling around ice patches. looking forward to april running weather :)

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650 tasting notes

This was the winner in today’s game of “Help Lariel select a tea” in the chat room. Teavivre was nice enough to send this so I could try more white teas. I get a mild floral/ honey scent. The flavour is pretty similar to scent, and still mild.

Not really my preference, but it was nice to try something different.

Second steep- Used a bit more leaf, and I like the floral flavour more.

Flavors: Floral, Honey, Sweet

195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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Thank you one more time, Angel and Teavivre, for the sample!

This is my second consecutive day of trying out a white tea. I was quite pleased with the one I sampled yesterday so I was hoping for a similar experience today.

When I opened the sample package, the leaves were long, wide, green, and fresh looking. The aroma was rich and grainy and perhaps a little sweet.

I steeped the leaves for five minutes at 195 degrees (no 194-degree setting on my tea maker). Even with maximum steeping time, the color was a very light (almost transparent) yellow. The faint brewed odor was slightly sweet with a hay-like quality.

The taste was not robust but it was ample and sweet. As I swished the liquor around my mouth, flashes of fresh hay, grass, and honey registered on my palate.

The more I sipped this tea, the more I liked it. The brew was quite smooth without any hint of astringency. The mild flavor seemed to increase its presence as I journeyed toward the bottom of my cup. By the time I finished my first cup, I had achieved enjoyment status. The aftertaste was delicate but also smooth and likable.

As a white tea, this one is quite good. I didn’t find any undesirable characteristics. My only recommendation would be to bring out this fine selection with lunch, dinner, or dessert. There was nothing wrong with it at 8:00 AM, but I personally depend on the stronger and more robust teas at that time of the morning to jerk me out of my sleepy stupor.

Flavors: Cut grass, Hay, Honey

195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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