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No. 153 - Organic White Peony Tea

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White Peony Tea, or Bai Mudan Tea as it is called in China, is a slightly oxidised white tea, produced with the same minimal processing as Silver Needle white tea. The difference between the two is that Silver Needles is only made from the unopened new tea buds, while White Peony also includes one or two freshly opened leaves. When dry, this tea's leaves and buds are an olive-green color, covered in with a down-like covering of fine white hairs.

Organic White Peony tea is premium quality tea produced by a gold medal winning plantation in Fujian.

This year, good growing conditions mean that our White Peony has an excellent clean pekoe scented fragrance and taste. When it is brewed it will have a pale orange-yellow color, with a very subtle flavor, without any bitterness or astringent taste, characteristic of the best quality White Peony tea.

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History of White Peony Tea

Following exactly the same processing method and using the same plants as Silver Needle White Tea, with the only difference being which parts of the tea plant is used, the history of Bai MuDan and Silver Needle white teas is very similar.

White Tea is the earliest form of Chinese tea.  Farmers found out that cooling, sun-drying or baking the leaves ensured that the tea could be easily stored and used at a later time.  These steps, of course, formed the basis of the withering and drying processes that are still used to this day.

The Bai MuDan version of white tea – essentially the same as Silver Needle except for the inclusion of one or two new leaves with the tea bud – was first produced in the early 1870's by people in the area around ShuiJi, in Zhenghe county Fujian province.  Later on, in the 1960's, production spread to Songxi county in Fujian.  At present, the main areas for the production of Bai MuDan are in Songxi, Zhenghe, Fuding and Jianyang counties.


About Farmer

Lin Jian, who is born in Fuding, Fujian, has been living under the environment of teas. His father, grandfather and great-grandfather are all tea farmers. When he was in elementary school, he helped to pick the tea after school at the tea picking time when there’s not enough people to pick the tea. The dream of engaging in tea business was came up at that time. He said: “My original idea is to make a good life for my family by tea business. But from 1993 when my tea business was gradually developed, I changed my mind. Fuding is the best place of planning white tea. So I want to create a long-term Organic Tea business.” Through our contact with Mr Lin, we felt that he is a man of frankness, speaking quickly, walking quickly and working quickly.

Not exaggeratedly speaking, now Lin Jian is the first founder of Chinese white tea. He owns near 2800 acre high quality tea gardens in Fuding including 500 acre organic tea garden which is the only organic tea garden in Fujian that has passed the USA, Europe and Japan organic certification. He also owns 200 acre Jasmine tea garden in Guangxi. Meanwhile his heshan organic tea base was regards as the national agricultural standard base.


Where is this White Peony Tea Produced?

Like our Silver Needle tea, TeaVivre's White Peony Tea is produced in the Mt. Taimu area, near the city of Fuding, in Fujian province, on the south eastern Chinese coast. This tropical mountainous coastal area is absolutely perfect for growing all white teas, both Silver Needle and White Pekoe.  It has abundant rainfall, with many misty days in spring, and temperatures that are neither too hot in summer nor too cold in winter.  The mountains around the farms are more than 80% forested, ensuring the soil has a high natural fertility and organic content, removing the need to use fertilizers.

Map of Fujian province


About Tea Tree

The species in Fuding is Fu Ding Da Hao, “Da hao” for short. It is asexual propagation, belonging to semi-tree form. In 1985 it was certificated as national variety in the number GS13002-1985. Its plant could reach up to 2.8 meters high, and has obvious trunk. Spring tea, which contains 1.8% of amino acid and 28.2% of tea polyphonels, is the material of high quality for making Silver Needle White Tea and White Peony Tea.


Brief Health Info

White tea contains various functional components, including caffeine, tea polyphenol, tea polysaccharide, theaflavin, theanine and so on, which are beneficial for human health in multiple aspects. For example, tea polypgenol can anti-aging, by antioxidation and clearing free radical away; caffeine is diuretic due to its function of restraining the re-absorbing of sodium, chloridion and water; flavanols, and also caffeine, help to refresh mind and remove fat.

Additional Information

Ingredients White Tea
Product of: No
Region(s) Fujian Province - Funding City
Antioxidants Medium
Caffeine Low
Makes Great Iced Tea No
Milk No
Sugar No
Lemon No
Mint No
Organic Yes
Chinese Gongfu Method (Water Amount) 2.87 fl oz / 85 ml
Chinese Gongfu Method (Water Temp) 194 F / 90 C
Chinese Gongfu Method (Amount) 5 g
Chinese Gongfu Method (Time) Rinse, 20s, 20s, 30s, 40s, 60s
Western Method (Water Amount) 12 fl oz / 355 ml
Western Method (Water Temp) 194 F / 90 C
Western Method (Amount) 1 Tablespoon
Western Method (Time) 5-8 Mins (to taste)
Steeping Notes No