Review: Drink the Leaf White Peony

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Thumbs up!"At $3 an ounce, it's worth buying even if it's not the greatest example of White Peony."
K’s Teaview: 7.4/10
Other Teaviews: Raven gave it 6.2/10, Jamie gave it 7/10, CJ gave it 6/10
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drinkleafwhitepeonyI've only tried one other tea from Drink the Leaf, but it was fantastic, so I was exited to try another of their leaves. This leaf being their outrageously inexpensive version of Bai Mu Dan, which is a classic white tea. Drink the Leaf's description of this tea makes it sound as if it is a particularly fine example of White Peony, like a waltz for the palate. The main question, then, is if it stands out particularly well as the website blurb suggests.

The large leaves and twigs look better in person than the picture on the site, and I brewed one and a half teaspoons of leaf in 175° water for two minutes. The tea has a soft yellow hue and a sweet, vegetal scent. The tea is creamy and smooth with a faintly vegetal taste and a buttery texture. The cup feels like a calming tea, good at any time of the day or evening, depending on your sensitivity to caffeine.

The four minute second steep tastes more vegetal than anything else. It is still sweet, but not as obvious as the first cup, sticking mostly to the aftertaste. With this second cup, this has become a very run-of-the-mill white tea, lacking the major complexity that this style can sometimes achieve.

Overall, the leaf doesn't live up to the description. It is basic enough that it isn't a particularly amazing example of White Peony, but that doesn't mean it isn't worth buying. It's a great intro if you're new to white tea, a solid base if you enjoy mixing your own blends, or a good choice for when you want an "easier" white tea. At $3 an ounce, it's worth buying even if it's not the greatest example of White Peony if you're concerned about getting your tea budget a bit more under control.

— To purchase Drink the Leaf 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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