White Peony - Fuding Bai Mudan (fú-dǐng) variety, which normally is a very low fermentation style is a literal translation from the tea’s Chinese name.
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Fuding Bai Mudan (fú-dǐng) variety, which normally is a very low fermentation style
White Peony is a literal translation from the tea’s Chinese name, Bai Mudan. Tea traders have often used flower names for their pleasant associations. The tea’s form, a leaf with a light colour downy leaf-bud.
The aroma is fresh, mellow, floral with a note of cut hay and a malt undertone. Infused properly, it is an easy tasting tea that is fresh, slightly sweet, with medium body and yet light enough for all-day consumption.deeper, giving much fuller body.
Better quality White Peony is one of the easiest teas to infuse. It is difficult to make a cup that is too strong unless you really go at it. It is a good choice for casual daily use and for tea beginners.
The infused leaves of a premium White Peony, reveal how fermentation has happened to evenly dispersed patches of the leaves. This marks the nature of this tea and defines how it should categorized. For those who cannot adjust to green tea but want to switch for better health benefits, Bai Mudan is really one of the few best choices. It is a lot more neutral in its TCM nature and yet possessing all the good things of green teas.
Most White Peonies do well with higher infusion temperature, but the tea tastes much smoother when the water temperature is kept between 90~95°C. Though the tea is very tolerant of mistakes in infusion time, it is advisable not to let it soak for too long in the pot. Keep it below 10 minutes. The optimum time is 6 minutes, as with most other teas.
White Peonies generally store quite well in normal temperature. Less fermented versions keep better when stored in the fridge. Lookalikes that are green teas stores like green tea. To age a more fermented version, keep it fully packed, preferably in a larger quantity, such as one or two kilos, preferably in a air-tight container.