Our organic, Fair Trade Certified Bai Mu Dan White Tea (also known as Pai Mu Tan or White Peony) hails from China's southeastern Fujian province. This superb organic tea is made from the uppermost two leaves and a bud, plucked in early spring and withered and dried in the sun before the buds are able to open. The leaves of this organic tea from China range from green to brown with plenty of buds that show a very light green almost grey white color, covered with a delicate velvety down. The pale yellow infusion has a delicate lingering fragrance, and a mellow sweetly vegetal taste.
Ingredients: organic Chinese white tea
Serving Size: one generous tablespoon (1.25) per 8 oz cup of water
Aubrey Says: I'm delighted that we can offer a Fair Trade, Chinese organic white tea of such high quality!
Jeremy Says: The lingering floral fragrance of this white tea really knocks my socks off!
Posted by Benjamin Hartwick on 30th Mar 2015
This is an easy drinker, a comfort tea, light and subtle but not bland, provided you make it strong enough (use enough tea and steep on the short end of the time spectrum, 3 minutes at most). It’s smooth and delicate without being boring. I has a mild floral flavor that does not even come close to cloying. There is also hint of earthy sweetness and no bitterness at all that I can detect. I find it refreshing and that I can drink a large volume of it in a single sitting while I’m working at my desk. I keep it in a thermus so that it is always hot.
A feature that I find interesting is that it remains appealing even when it has cooled in the cup, which is something that can make some teas become unappealing to me once a certain heat threshold is crossed. I do like this tea best when it’s hot, but if it becomes lukewarm in the cup, I don’t mind.
This tea is like friendly well behaved pet. You can embrace it and interact with it if you wish, but it does not demand your attention. I plan to make this a staple item in my tea collection, which is easy to do since it is remarkably economical. It is an exceptional value.
DESERTED ISLAND TEST
Would I have to have this tea with me if I were banished to a deserted island? No, but I would miss it on occasion. If I could only bring one white tea with me, it would be the silver needle. If cost were no object, I would drink silver needle several times a week, but this tea does a good job of filling the white tea space for me, and I am very happy to have discovered it.
Posted by mike on 26th Aug 2014
This white tea is excellent a few hours before bed. It has floral notes, low caffeine, and not an overwhelming taste. Add some local raw honey and drink it nightly!
Posted by Yen-Wen C. on 6th Mar 2014
The tea is good if you are in the mood for something light and crisp. To me, the taste is similar to green tea actually. Personally I prefer complex tasting teas, and this one is considered quite straight forward to me. I add a little honey to balance the green taste.
If you don't have time to sit down and sip on a cup of hot tea, this tea will make a perfect quick satisfying cup for sure!
Perfect tea as the base for creating recipes too!
Posted by Phil on 6th Feb 2014
My wife and kids enjoy this tea. The subtle flavors can be appreciated yet the brew remains light. We find this to be a great night tea that is very relaxing.
Posted by Hawaiian Alex on 15th Jan 2014
Has the delicate floral aroma characteristic of Bai Mudan when brewing and a very subtle yet healthy fruitiness. Reminds me of a tea you would only find at the finest Chinese restaurants. My bag had a good blend of whole young leaves and hairy leaf shoots.
Organic and fair trade certified at an affordable price ensures I will order again soon when my current bag runs out!
Posted by Stephanie on 14th Mar 2013
I'm hooked on white tea. This one meets my budget needs. It has that light, sweet, nutty taste that I love in white peony. It contains a fair amount of whole leaves, but also some fragments and dustier parts. I've seen higher grade, and that's why I'm giving it four stars.
Posted by Lauren on 13th Mar 2013
This is a nice, somewhat sweet white tea. It's light bodied, which is to be expected, but it has enough flavor to make a black tea drinker like me satisfied. I like to relax after dinner with this one.
Posted by richard sitorius on 25th Nov 2012
Only recently started drinking white tea, and I have found this to be one of the best teas on this website. Delicious, a rich flavor with hints of fruit. Love the mild complexity of this tea!
Posted by Joseph Paulson on 7th Nov 2012
The leaf is attractive but very cumbersome. It's not its fault. Large unbroken wisps of grey and green. Pleasant to look at, harder to store. Steeping at 175 for a little under two minutes yielded a pale yellow liquor with notes of cinnamon. A delicate, lacy, crisp apple of a cup of tea. It was a nice surprise for someone who is not often fond of White Tea
Posted by Graham Friday on 4th Jul 2012
Prior to ordering the bulk size of this Bai Mu Dan (also known as White Peony), the only white tea I've ever had was silver needle. Setting the bar pretty high, I know, but this tea is absolutely every bit as good as silver needle in my opinion, and it obviously costs such a small fraction of the price. It's got kind of a floral taste to me, nothing too strong though (just as you'd expect with a white tea). I'll definitely be turning this into a staple of my tea rotation- it's my new go-to white tea, without question.
Posted by D on 12th Jun 2012
I love white tea and the subtle, sweet and earthy flavor is wonderful without the addition of anything in the cup. This will be one of my regular purchases
Posted by Lukasz on 6th Dec 2011
I purposely waited 9+ months to review this tea in order to provide a true assessment of it. I ordered this tea in bulk and stored it inside the large air tight metal containers sold here.
When properly infused (the right temperature and time), this is an excellent tea. The aroma is very pleasant and the tea is incredibly calming and full of complex, delicate flavors without bitterness. Naturally, second and third infusions are not as bright and intense as the first, but still pretty good. I highly recommend this tea to anyone!
Posted by Lisa on 5th Oct 2011
I'll confess I really do love silver needle tea, but my wallet doesn't feel as passionate as I do. The other reviews describe this tea as having a similar taste to silver needle, so I initially purchased it thinking, "Well, if it's close and for a lot less then I might as well, right?"
Lucky for me, this tea stands on its own with an excellent flavor. It feels more robust than silver needle, but by the time I get to the bottom of the cup it's much lighter. I don't feel like I'm "settling"--I really do like this tea!
Posted by W on 21st Sep 2011
It really isn't fair to compare this tea to the white needle, since it's SO much cheaper. I buy it to supplement my intake of silver needle, so I don't end up living in a cardboard box. XD The flavor is more green and floral than the silver needle. This is my daily-white-tea-driver.
Posted by Mark S. on 9th Jan 2009
This is a truly great white tea and I have had many over the years. Rich flavorful and complex as any Oolong or Darjeeling in my opinion. The fact that it's organic and Fair Trade is just icing on the cake. At the current price this is a steal.
Posted by Bill Edwards on 28th Dec 2007
This tea is a close second to Silver needle. At about half the price this one is a strong best buy. There is a mild sweetness with a faint hint of another flavor I want to call "malt" but I am not sure. Whatever the correct flavor I call it delicious. This is the first tea I decided to buy in bulk. With all of the health benefits of white tea this one should be in everyone's home.
We at Arbor Teas firmly believe that tea should be brewed to suit your personal taste. With that being said, here are some recommendations to get you started, but please remember you can make adjustments based on your own personal taste.
There are three main considerations when brewing tea: quantity of tea, water temperature and steeping time.
Quantity of tea: one generous tablespoon (1.25) per 8 oz cup of water
Water temperature: : use water that has been heated until bubbles begin to form on the bottom of the pot (180° F)
Steeping time: 2-3 minutes
Tip #1: Use fresh water whenever possible - water that has been sitting in your kettle overnight may impart a flat or stale taste to your tea. Be careful not to boil your water for too long. Over boiled water can sometimes impart an unwanted taste.
Tip #2: Keep in mind that brewing your tea for too long can extract undesirable bitterness from the leaves, so steeping time matters! For a stronger brew, don’t steep longer, just use more tea.
Learn more from our How To Guides on how to brew loose leaf tea, how to make iced tea, and how to make tea lattes. And don’t forget to check out our Eco-Brewing Tips, too!
There are five significant components found in all tea from the plant camellia sinensis: essential oils, which are the source of tea’s delicious flavor and aroma; polyphenols, which are antioxidants that provide the tea’s brisk flavor and many of its health benefits; phytonutrients, which are small amounts of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids including L-theanine (a very rare molecule that has been found in only three sources including camellia sinensis!) ; enzymes; and methylxanthines, which are a family of alkaloids that include caffeine. Each of these components work differently in the human body and a full description is best left to a medical journal. However, recent research exploring the potential health attributes of tea is leading many scientists to agree that tea, may contribute positively to a healthy lifestyle.
For a more in-depth discussion of Tea and Health Benefits check here.
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