White teas are a type of tea which comes from the Camellia sinensis or tea plant. White teas are very lightly fermented, with little fermentation, producing a light, refreshing mellow liquor which is rich in minerals and anti-oxidants. One popular type is called White Peony Tea, or Bai Mu Dan. White Peony tea is a beautiful white tea which has a very bright colored clear liquor that has no actual Peonies in it, however the aroma has a very light Peony fragrance to it.
It is predominantly produced in the Fujian Province of China, where it is treated with careful, non-intrusive methods of picking, drying and packaging the teas so that they do not break the leaves and their cell structure, so that the beneficial properties of the tea leaves remain intact.
White teas such as Bai Mu Dan have wonderful detoxifying properties as well as being known for helping with stress relief, protecting the body from toxins, helping with toothaches and the prevention of sunstroke, among many other purported health benefits!
While you are brewing your tea, which should be brewed in water that is approximately 75-80 degrees Celsius or 175-180 degrees Fahrenheit, it will unfurl with elegance, showing broad leaves and beautiful white tea buds amongst the water. Because of the aesthetic value of the tea, we recommend using a clear glass cup or teapot to brew your leaves in so that you can experience the full beauty of the White Peony tea.
You should brew your tea for 3-5 minutes, depending on how strong you like your white tea. The brewed tea is a gorgeous light apricot color which is clear and bright with no impurities. You will notice that the fragrance is meadow-like with a soft aroma of peonies. The flavor itself is smooth, mellow, relaxing and fresh.
As white teas are becoming more popular worldwide, and especially in the United States, you can now find tea shops easily which carry white tea varieties. White Peony tea is one of the most common varieties of white tea, so you can find it now in many places, however you should know how to select a high quality Bai Mu Dan tea, rather than settling for a lower grade. In the remainder of this article, I will teach you to select a high quality top grade White Peony Tea.
Identifying a High Grade White Peony Bai Mu Dan Tea
When selecting a high grade White Peony tea, you need to consider the two most important aspects of selection. The first aspect is the appearance of the dried tea leaves which is a major indicator of how it was processed, and how it will taste after brewing. The second indicator is the experience of the tea itself. Both of these things will allow you to choose a delicious and incredible Bai Mu Dan.
Appearance of the Dried leaves:
In selecting teas, the first thing you should make note of is the appearance of the leaves, and this is especially true of white teas such as White Peony teas. In general, when you are shopping for a high quality White Peony tea, you should look for leaves which are still tender and small, with lots of buds. Having more buds in your Bai Mu Dan is a definite indication that it is high quality. The buds and backs of the leaves should be covered in fine downy hairs that are in good condition.
The leaves themselves should have a consistent color, and should be smooth to the touch, without any impurities or small particles of dust in the tea. Depending on the White Peony tea you select, you should get a clear color while brewing the tea leaves, though some teas produce a darker coloring than others, making the brewed liquor between a light peach color and a dark apricot color.
Be sure to choose your White Peony tea that has one or two leaf buds attached to tippy smooth tender young leaves that should have very strong, stretched thick tips that have a silver tone to them. Inferior or lower quality White Peony teas have thin leaves with less tips and broken leaves. Stay away from these teas as they will not produce a fine, elegant tea like a higher quality Bai Mu Dan will. White Peony tea is so tender and young that it should be consumed as quickly as possible, since the dried tea leaves will go stale or rancid if stored for a long time. You should drink your teas at their freshest, because the older, more cured dried white tea leaves will produce a vastly inferior and almost undrinkable cup.
The White Peony Tea Experience:
Your experience of your White Peony tea is the most important part of the process in selection of white teas. When we speak of the experience of the tea, we mean experiencing the aroma of the brewed tea, the actual liquor the brewed white tea produces and its flavor, and the 茶葉批發 appearance of the brewed leaves.
After brewing your selected White Peony tea leaves, the first way to experience your white tea is through smelling the aroma of the brewed leaves. The aroma of a very high quality top grade Bai Mu Dan will be lightly floral, but mellow and soothing.
Also pay attention to the appearance of the brewed tea as well. A high grade will have a bright clear apricot color with no cloudiness or impurities. You will also notice that the darker the liquor produced, the lower the quality of the White Peony tea leaves.
Next taste your brewed White Peony tea to experience its actual flavor. The taste should be smooth, relaxing and mellow with subtle nuances and layers to the flavor that hint of floral undertones and slightly smoky nuances. It should not be bitter or astringent, if it is, you have either improperly brewed your White Peony tea or have selected inferior tea leaves. Inferior teas, or leaves that have been stored too long may produce little to no flavor at all. To assure that your dried tea leaves are the most fresh, look at the dried leaves before brewing and make sure that they are well-proportioned with many buds, and have a light, not a dark color. White tea leaves which are broken, mixed or colored black yellow or look as if they were burnt should not be consumed.