This Top Grade White Peony tea (Bai Mu Dan) from 2019 holds a special place in my heart because I first tasted it on the mountain with Shi Fu, the producer, in Taimu Shan, China. Referred to as Top Grade White Peony because it is made with the first buds of spring (first flush) along with the required one or two leaves per bud, this tea packs, an incredibly powerful “punch”. But it’s definitely not a violent punch, rather a monklike dose of deep wisdom. The dry leaf aroma is subtle, hinting at buttery creaminess that is evident in the smooth, thick soy flavors of the tea. The light-gold fuzz-laden liquor also tickles our palate with a delicate sweetness and the light florals of a freshly rained on meadow. But it is the mouthfeel of this top-grade white peony, so shockingly powerful, providing an instant multi-layered thickness that is as comfortable as homemade chicken soup but is simultaneously refreshingly soft that makes the tea really stand out from the crowd. The delicate sweetness of the tea can also be found in the bottom cup. To me, it smelled like I had walked into a kitchen where cookies were being baked! Only a small amount of Top Grade White Peony can be made each year, and while it will be nearly impossible not to drink it right away, a tea of this quality will age amazingly. One way or another, don’t miss out on this uniquely well-crafted tea!
Top-Grade White Peony (Bai Mu Dan) – 2019
$28.00 – $103.00
Dry leaf Aroma: Buttery and creamy
Wet leaf: A fresh, flowery meadow
Liquor color: Light yellow/gold
Liquor aroma: Musky floral → freshly rained on meadows
Flavor: Delicate sweetness, lively soy
Mouthfeel: Tremendous thickness, delightfully clean
Gaiwan Lid: Light Floral
Bottom Cup: Baking cookies!