Review: The Teahouse Organic White Peony

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Thumbs up!"The flavour blossoms with a light alfalfa sprout flavour, whose best part is the compelling inflection of the feel that seems to snap in the mouth, crisp and spritely."
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Mary had a little lamb, whose fleece was white as snow....But little did dear Mary know that if she was truly in the know, she should rightly go to the tea tiller with her lamb’s filler to swap some fleece for tea, and she could be petting lambikins over a cup of white peony. White tea does seem the stuff that nursery rhymes are made of, particularly white peony arising from its often playful appearance. And of course in fableland, everything is organic as the bugs are too busy dancing and singing to nibble on the tea leaves. The Teahouse seems to hold a fun for tea too as their cartoony site is light-hearted to showcase their ample selection of all types of tea. The only thing missing, is it would be even nicer to have pictures of their teas with their descriptions too. Yet, not so much for Mary, but for me, the organic procurement of their White Peony seemed a great first try.

As if touched with Disney's digital colour, the leaves's bring an animated start. Rather than the tawny browns often seen in white peonies, the broken leaves and stems are mostly a range of soft dark greens, as lime, rifle, olives and dark ferns that adds a lovely mix of hues with the occasional tan leaves. Yet, overall they have more of a uniform colour with just enough variation to add visual appeal from their sizes and shapes, while they have a soft finish rather than a fuzzy one. There’s only a few about half inch, very thin whitish green needles that are cute in their small size against the matte array of leaves. With such lively colours, the leaves would surely have Miss Muffet second guessing her curds and whey.

A kiss of green also springs through their light to medium bouquet, closer to a silver needle but not quite as fruity or lush to have the same tone. The lovely sweetness of the leaves’ scent imbues a light golden raisin but it is more the smell of sweetness than fruit centered. Instead, a slight downy quality mingles with a light fresh rice kind of grassiness to seem like fresh clover and milk pods. Not too dry or too wet, Goldilocks would be pleased.

To truly find the tea’s story, The Teahouse starts the tale, kindly offering brewing suggestions on their website to use one and a half tablespoons of tea for one minute. While they suggest a 190°F brew, I stuck with a more traditionally lower temperature for whites of 170°F. I had my doubts about the short steep but they were quickly dashed as the pastelled yellow came forth, sweeter than the yellow brick road, paved with a medium light aroma. The delightful scent is a bit sweet with a mild nuttiness, lined with a dash of green. As such, it has a likeness of corn husks and wild fragrant grasses that is a twist appetizing while still very fresh and bright. The almost floral of the grassy notes brings out the sweetness, delicate and almost supple.

Happily, the flavour has just as much perk and seems an ode to the tortoise and the hare. Crisp and tender, a hint of fuzziness enrobes a chestnut flavour with hints of a dry grain and green freshness that ends with a light flourish of light pink flowers. It captures the nuances of alfalfa sprouts to be alive while still ample enough to be satiating without being starchy or coarse. It’s very clear tasting and the bit of sweetness innervates the light to medium body with an engaging morsel to hold. The fresh flavour follows in a medium finish of light, joyful aftertaste of clover.

The bright greens of the leaves hardly look wet which is enough to send Jack and Jill up the hill for one more infusion. As it turns out, the second skitter of the leaves brings an even deeper yellow cup. While the bouquet is still coy, sweetly teasing with light to medium aromas of pink flowers with a bit of fuzziness, like sweet grass and warm flannel, it’s almost cute smelling. The flavour blossoms though, with a light alfalfa sprout flavour, whose best part is the compelling inflection of the feel that seems to snap in the mouth, crisp and spritely. The wonderfully, sweet freshness has a gulpable enthusiasm with enough grassy graininess to give the light to medium body grounding. As such, where it falls in refreshing, it makes up for in dynamics.

Tumbling down the cup far too quickly, exploring a third infusion returns to a yellowish beige of the first brew. The scent remains light and fresh with a subtle sweetness that isn’t as grassy or green tinged. The flavour is quite mild but it continues to follow the sip. Like the aroma, the flavour also seems less green, rounding to whiter flavours, like waterchestnuts or bean sprouts to retain a nugget of sweetness although the feel isn’t quite as nice.

After just enough cups for the three blind mice, The Teahouse’s Organic White Peony seems to have laid the golden egg that even Mother Goose would revere. Not only are the leaves a sight but the frivolity of the bouquet and the animated body is enough to keep Humpty Dumpty on the wall and break through the walls of one’s day with some fables on one’s table.

— 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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