|"This offering was the first I ran into that could go toe-to-toe with a Silver Needle white. And possibly win."|
The appearance also struck me as slightly different. The leaves were rolled rather than fanned, stems were present but not a lot, and the requisite white tea bud fur was in abundance. It's not very often that I get to see the actual part of the tea leaves that make them a "white" by moniker, so this was a treat.
Brewing instructions recommended were for a "tepid" 60-70C water temp, and a liberal steep time of three-to-five minutes. I adhered to the temp, but went with a lighter steep time, measuring one tablespoon of leaves for 8oz of water. Seemed about right, and I wasn't too worried about spinaching this lovely Bai Mu Dan.
At only three minutes, the liquor brewed up extremely pale for a Bai Mu Dan. For a moment there, I thought I undershot it. The aroma was pleasant and - most importantly - present, causing "steep" fears to subside a bit. To the nose, it was slightly grassy, a little nutty, and still had that residual spice-flower aspect I ran into before scalding it with water. Taste-wise...wow...
I've usually appreciated Bai Mu Dans for their remarkable stubbornness to odd infusions. It's very difficult to screw up a White Peony. They can take quite a bit of abuse, but when one gets it right, it lends a decent cup. Not perfect, but decent. This offering was the first I ran into that could go toe-to-toe with a Silver Needle white. And possibly win. There were no vegetal undertones, just the floral and fruity awesomeness usually bestowed on its lighter kin.
For a second infusion, I went balls (er, cups?) out. I brewed for five-minutes-thirty instead of three at 75C. The liquor brewed to a deeper - but still pale - yellow, more in line with other Peonies. This time some natural, berry-like sweetness came to the forefront, complimenting the still omnipresent floral flavor.
They weren't kidding. This truly is a supreme white tea.
— To purchase JING Tea Organic White Peony Supreme White Tea, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.
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