|"An excellent introductory tea to traditional whites, and a pretty good example of a White Peony."|
The leaves are a blend of two grades - the characteristic large, crisp leaves of a sun dried white and a few silvery buds with hair still intact. The sample itself has crushed, small leaves but I'll attribute that to being a small bag sent by mail. The smell is quite pleasant, nutty and sweet.
I brewed this alongside another white peony I have from Red Blossom Tea Co. The Red Blossom leaves were more intact, so the 2 grams I brewed were almost twice as voluminous as the 2 grams from the sample. Brewing parameters were 185° F water and I experimented with a brew time of 1 to 5 minutes. I liked it best at about 2 or 3 minutes.
The liquor was a clear yellowed amber, lighter than that from Red Blossom. It smells sweet and a chance bit floral. I quite enjoyed the extra full body of the tea, but have decided that it lacks the chestnut flavors that I always attribute to white peony. There's no bitterness or astringency, so this is a tea most anyone would enjoy.
Overall, the tea was good for white peony. It's an excellent introductory tea to traditional whites. I'm worried about how broken the leaves were, but I trust they're usually more complete (based on their website). Online it costs $7.99 per quarter pound, which is the best price I've seen for a quality white peony.
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