Review: Teas Etc. Bai Mu Dan

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Thumbs up!"I'm not usually a Bai Mu Dan guy, but this is up there with some of the best Yinzhens I've ever tried."
Geoff’s Teaview: 9/10
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teasetcbaimudan1The description per the Teas Etc. website is as follows:
"Grown on the misty mountains of Fujian province in China, the downy silver buds and fresh young leaves are soft and intoxicatingly fragrant. The resulting liquor is a beautiful golden yellow with a more robust texture than your average white tea. The taste is deliciously rich, sweet cream butter with light, pleasing vegetal notes. Slightly astringent, it leaves behind just enough of the smooth sweetness to make you anxious for more. Over ice, this bold white tea plays coy, leaving behind the vegetal notes for an exquisitely refreshing taste experience."

What I find particularly odd is the way they describe the taste of Bai Mu Dan (or White Peony). I have yet to run into one that was vegetal. Well, unless I oversteeped it, or put it in higher-temp water. More often than not, however, I found it to be a light-to-medium-bodied brew with a bit of an herbal texture. And on a good day, it even took on a fruity tone.

Appearance-wise, Teas Etc's Bai Mu Dan had a pine-like consistency, resembling Silver Needle, but more crude in it's twiny presentation. There were looser fragments amidst the rolled leaves. The aroma was very pleasant, like the wilderness garden of a goddess. Deeper than its Yinzhen cousin.

I brewed 1 tsp in 8oz of 170F water for five minutes. (Didn't go with my twofold tea-brew this time.) The liquor infused to a light yellow-gold with a smooth and slightly smoky scent. Taste-wise, it was deep-bodied for a white tea. If you're not sure what that means exactly, imagine swimming in a sauna of pure awesome, then snapping back to reality. You'll have a pretty good idea then.

I'm not usually a Bai Mu Dan guy, but this is up there with some of the best Yinzhens I've ever tried. I would hardly call this brew vegetal. That word usually applies to a white tea that's about at the turning (read: oxidized) point. Not a good thing. This is grassy, yes, maybe with a hint of a floral cream texture, but not in a spinachy sort of way.

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