Baimudan (White Peony)
Organic White Tea 2020
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.
- Tea Origin
- Fuding City, Fujian Province, China
- Tea Bush
- Dabaihao (Big White Hair)
- Harvest Time
- Early April
- Picking Standard
- One bud, one leaf
Good Baimudan 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, Baimudan is made with the leaves from the Dabaicha (literally “big white tea”) cultivar of tea bush.
A leafier grade of organic white tea, Baimudan is made with slightly more mature buds and tea leaves than Baihao Yinzhen (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 Baihao Yinzhen. The ideal picking configuration aims at the leaf only being as long as the bud. This provides for a very robust and sweet Baimudan.
Baimudan 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, Baimudan 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 Baimudan is made, it is divided into six grades of quality. Our Baimudan 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.
Unlike green tea, white tea is never fired or steamed to kill the enzymatic action that causes oxidation. Instead, oxidation of the leaves is prevented by their lack of moisture. The withering process is very long and gradual, thus slight oxidation of the leaves (or buds) will naturally occur. With this slight amount of oxidation, white tea’s color is typically not as bright or green as you would expect from a green tea.
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.
Baimudan (White Peony) 2020 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.