Review: The Teahouse Organic White Peony

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The Teahouse is a "boutique tea company" (their words) that was founded in 2005 by a former sports marketer. He developed an interest in Chinese teas after meeting his future wife in 1995. How did I interpret that? It took ten years for a woman to convince a sportive guy that tea was good for him. At least, that's how I choose to view the story. Finding their site on Google was a bit of a chore. When one types in "The Teahouse", the first thing that pops up is a webcomic about male prostitutes. (Seriously.) But that's neither here nor there...or anywhere I wanna be. If it were up to me, a name change would be in order, either that or a quick re-tooling of their SEO.

The one thing I did like about The Teahouse was their emphasis on yearly teas. It was a breath of fresh air to see that they put a spotlight on the newest possible teas and their growing seasons. While this is a typical practice for - say - Darjeeling or Ceylon teas, most companies don't name the growing periods for Chinese ones. That is, unless it somehow corresponded with a festival of some sort - Qingming, for example.

Their 2011 White Peony was well worth a look on sight alone. It differed from other Bai Mu Dans because of its entirely whole leaf profile. Other White Peonies I'd encountered contain stems and smaller pieces, but this possessed large, plucked downy leaves. I was also quite alarmed to see a silver sheen to some of them. Very unusual visual presentation; and the smell was all grass and grape.

I found no brewing instructions on the Teahouse site for this lovely looking batch - odd considering their attention to detail on just about everything else. It wasn't necessarily a requirement. White Peony was a resilient mistress and could take different brewing approaches well. To be on the safe side, though, I brewed 1 teaspoon in 8oz. of 170F water and steeped for three minutes.

The liquor brewed to a brilliant, shiny gold color with a citrusy aroma. Speaking of which, the moment I touched lips to cup and made that first slurping motion, lemon invaded my taste buds. What the heck?! No White Peony I've ever encountered had a citrus profile; Silver Needle (a clear favorite) didn't even have that. Some Chinese wild white teas did, but nowhere near this bold. This went from lemon to grape in one swish from cheek-to-cheek. A brilliant Bai Mu Dan.

— To purchase The Teahouse Organic 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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One Response to “Review: The Teahouse Organic White Peony”

  1. JennH Says:

    I love everything about this review from the male prostitute webcomic mention to the tasting notes. Would that be soup to nuts or nuts to soup? Hilarious…

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