Review: TeaGschwendner China Fancy White Peony

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Thumbs up!"The taste is very mild and delicate. This tea requires careful steeping to get the flavors to peak. "
Laura’s Teaview: 8/10
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teagchinafancywhite.jpg"An inspiring "New Style" Chinese White Tea hailing from Fuding county in Fujian Province. Created by a fine plucking of the bud and first leaf in late March or early April, first grade Pai Mu Tan (or White Peony) is distinguished by its high count of silver downy buds. A pale blonde infusion reveals the slightest astringency and subtle acidity with clean notes of chestnut, honey and white flowers."---TeaGschwendner's website.

So, I have to admit that I am a fan of a good white tea. Silver Needles, though they are the Cadillac (hey--I'm from the D and that's what we drive around here) of white teas, tend to be a little too subtle or bland for me. I don't like to have to try that hard to find the subtle notes. I sometimes get too bored to infuse them more than twice before they need to be discarded. That said, I was huge fan of TeaGschwendner's Strawberry White and loved that so much that it prompted me to request more of their teas. I also placed an order with them.

First of all, my sample looks beautiful with very little shake and nice size silvery buds. The taste is very mild and delicate. This tea requires careful steeping to get the flavors to peak. There is no bitterness or astringency to be associated with this tea when brewed with care. While mild on the palate this is a stronger white than some I've tasted which makes me enjoy it all the more. The first infusion provides a little less nuttiness with pleasant floral after notes. The nutty flavor was brought up a notch in my second infusion and I enjoyed it as much as the first--if not more.

Bottom line--I would have liked to have another white peony to sample this against as I think it would fare pretty well. This is not a bargain priced white, but more of one that I think will appeal to those that seek and are willing to pay for the taste that a quality leaf provides. I think that I prefer this to Silver Needle and this will be given consideration next time I find myself on the market for quality plain white. TeaGschwendner seems to set the bar where quality whites are concerned (they are hit and miss though on their flavored whites).

— To purchase TeaGschwendner China Fancy 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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