The organic Bai Mu Dan tea is very soft and gentle in flavor, which is typical of most Bai Mu Dan teas I’ve sampled. And although it is very light-tasting, it seems to be just the right tea to use with this pear flavoring, which is also quite mild. Together they create a very tranquil tea that seems to encourage a peaceful mind and spirit.
These white tea leaves are of very fine quality: large, pale green in color, and covered in silvery white down. Scattered amongst the leaves are tiny bits of dried apple – which I believe is for aesthetic value and doesn’t really contribute much to the overall flavor of the cup. The aroma of the dried leaf is grassy, with a hint of fruit, a scent that seems to mellow as the tea is brewed.
Zhi Tea describes this tea as
Another exclusive Zhi blend. We take our exquisite top grade Organic Fair Trade India white bai mudan tea leaves and blend them with tiny organic apple pieces and natural pear flavor.
The resulting tea is simply divine. Exceptionally light and crisp, this makes an outstanding iced tea, as well.
I agree with the above description, this tea is simply divine! As pear is a fairly subtle tasting fruit, I do recommend adding some sweetener to enhance the pear flavoring, as the unsweetened tea tastes a bit like plain Bai Mu Dan (which isn’t a bad thing, of course, but, if that is all you wish to taste, why not just get some unflavored Bai Mu Dan?)
Interesting to note, and quite unusual: the flavor of this tea seems to intensify as it cools. Usually, the opposite is true – tea tends to become somewhat muted as it cools. For this reason, this is one tea that I would recommend highly as an iced tea. Just as the description above suggests, it is crisp and light, and is very smooth and delicious when it’s chilled.