I have gotten the opportunity and pleasure of getting to know this wonderful Chinese tea company, Teavivre (pronounced “tee-veeve-rah”), and their line of delicious teas quite well over the past few weeks. Their teas are always a delight to taste and enjoy, and this White Peony Bai Mu Dan from Teavivre is no exception!
This is a certified Organic Tea, which means that it is grown organically to benefit the ecological system as well as to benefit our bodies when we drink it. The Bai Mu Dan, also called “White Peony” tea, is a variety of White Tea that is very lightly fermented and picked from the freshest, youngest leaves of the tea tree. This particular Bai Mu Dan has beautifully stretched tea leaves and buds, with a gorgeous deep celadon color covered in the finest downy white hairs. All signs of a very high quality white tea!
When brewed, you should make sure not to brew this tea in too hot of a temperature. Your water should be at around 185-190 degrees Fahrenheit, just under boiling, so as not to ruin the delicate leaves and beneficial anti-oxidants and minerals inside the leaves. If you over-steep the leaves in too hot of water, the resulting liquor will be bitter, dark yellow and astringent – completely undrinkable! However, if you brew this tea correctly, it will result in a clear, fresh cup that is lightly apricot in color and has a clean, light and fresh taste with a hint of smokiness to the background. It is very mellow and has a light sweetness of its own that does not require any additional sweetener.
This tea is best served plain, with no milk. Milk or sweetener of any kind will overpower this tea’s natural flavors and subtle nuances that make it such an incredible and delicious tea.
Teavivre describes this tea as:
Premium quality Organic White Peony (Bai MuDan) Tea
* Organically grown at Mt. Taimu in the Fujian province
* Tea buds covered in white hairs, with one or two new leaves
* Pale orange-yellow color when brewed
* A delicate, slightly flowery, sweet, lingering taste
* Low caffeine (less than 10% of a cup of coffee)
* 2-3 teaspoons for 8oz of water. Brew at 194 ºF (90 ºC) for 1 to 2 minutes
TeaVivre’s certified organic White Peony (Bai MuDan) tea is farmed and produced at Mt. Taimu using DaBai and DaHao tea trees. After brewing it has a pale orange-yellow color like our Silver Needle tea, however it has a slightly fuller flavour. Like Silver Needle, it is renowned for its health benefits, helping reduce the risk of heart attacks, some cancers and reducing the affects of aging.
I really enjoy a cup of this in the afternoon to relax, or in the evening before bedtime, as it is a very mellow, relaxing cup of tea. The flavor starts with a fresh burst of sunny flavor, with a strong undertone of smoky tea leaves. It is a many-layered tea that you can really take pleasure in, and the tea leaves can be re-brewed several times. Each brewing of the leaves will result in a different flavor from the leaves, and you should add one minute to the steeping time of the leaves for each re-brewing. If you desire a stronger flavor to your tea, add a teaspoon more tea leaves than usual to your brew, rather than extending the brew time, as that will make for a much more flavorful tea!
The aroma of this Bai Mu Dan is very relaxing and pleasurable as well, it has a very fresh grassy and rich fragrance with a hint of floral notes to the background. Although this tea is called “White Peony” tea, is has no peonies or flowers in the tea itself. It is a sweet, mild tea made from unopened tea buds, as well as the two newest leaves to sprout, which is why it is called Bai Mu Dan (also sometimes called Pai Mu Tan).
This is a beautiful white tea with a very full, well-rounded mouthfeel that both newcomers to tea and tea connoisseurs can enjoy. However, if you are a newcomer to white teas, this is the perfect white tea to start with as an introduction on your journey to learn more about the wide, wonderful world of teas!