Review: Tea Zone White Peony

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Its OK"An excellent introductory tea to traditional whites, and a pretty good example of a White Peony."
Jake’s Teaview: 6/10
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teazone-white-peony.jpgFrom my experience, white peony (aka bai mu dan) is an easy to drink traditional white tea. The characteristic full body, amber yellow liquor, and sweet, nutty flavors are generally pleasant. It's difficult to oversteep. The white peony I've come across has been relatively inexpensive and of a good but not supreme grade, but apparently the white peony in China can be of excellent quality and character.

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.

— To purchase Tea Zone White Peony, 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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