Bai Mu Dan (White Peony)

Organic White Tea 2019

Our Bai Mu Dan (White Peony) is the earliest harvest of this grade of white tea and possesses a smooth and fruity flavor with a rich floral aroma. A staple everyday white tea made with both buds and leaves, both popular and affordable.

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Tea Origin
Fuding City, Fujian Province, China

Tea Bush
Da Bai Hao (Big White Hair)

Harvest Time
Early April

Picking Standard
One bud, one leaf

Basket of freshly picked white peony leaves
The best tea pickers will carefully place their leaves in the basket to avoid damage.

Good Bai Mu Dan yields many apricot colored infusions with a rich flavor that is noticeably fruitier and more robust than Silver Needle, if not as delicate.
As with all true white teas, Bai Mu Dan is made with the leaves from the Da Bai Cha (literally “big white tea”) cultivar of tea bush.
A leafier grade of organic white tea, Bai Mu Dan is made with slightly more mature buds and tea leaves than Silver Needle. This tea was first made in 1922 in Jian Yang of northern Fujian. This area is at a higher altitude than the neighboring Fuding, and the buds are thinner and more dense than Fuding’s Bai Hao Yin Zhen (Silver Needle). The ideal picking configuration aims at the leaf only being as long as the bud. This provides for a very robust and sweet Bai Mu Dan.

Tea Production

Plucked Leaf
Showing a sprig plucked as one bud and two leaves.

Bai Mu Dan or “White Peony” is named for the shape of its leaves. Its one bud and two leaf plucking is left in its natural shape without the kneading and shaping usually involved in making a green tea. As with other white teas, Bai Mu Dan undergoes a slow drying process which can take as long as forty hours to complete. Unlike Silver Needle, the raw leaves of Bai Mu Dan are heaped into a short pile for this drying process. The withered leaves are roasted dry at a low temperature, sometimes with charcoal—although more often with electrical heating elements.

Once Bai Mu Dan is made, it is divided into six grades of quality. Our Bai Mu Dan is 1st grade, where great care has been taken to maintain the one bud and one standard. Lesser grades are made of more mature leaves and fewer buds.

No chemical fertilizer, pesticide, or herbicide was used in the production of this tea. Click here to read more about our promise to fair trade and the environment.

Bai Mu Dan (White Peony) 2019 brewing guidelines

Teaware: 12 oz. glass or porcelain pot
Amount: 2 Tbs of tea leaves
Water: 190°F filtered water
Infusion: First infusion at least 2 minutes. The leaves are good for 5 infusions. Add a little more time for each subsequent infusion.