Review: Drink the Leaf White Peony

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CJ’s Teaview Snapshot
Its OK"Mediocre and forgettable. Complex at first, but finishes sour."
CJ’s Teaview: 6/10
Other Teaviews: Katie gave it 7.4/10, Raven gave it 6.2/10, Jamie gave it 7/10
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drinkleafwhitepeonyAt first glance, these leaves struck me as more of a potpourri than a tea.  It contained so many colors and varied shapes, I couldn't classify it.  I looked like green tea and oolong tea and black tea.  The one thing it didn't look was white.  Did the name mean its was a white tea,  or was it  an oxidized tea flavored with white peonies?

So I popped on over to Drink the Leaf's website where I learned the truth:  This is an unflavored white tea called "Bai Mudan" by the Chinese, who named it  "White Peony"  because the leaves looked like peonies.  It has such a varied appearance because it comprises larger leaf  "shoots" as well as smaller leaves.

Mystery solved!  So I brewed up a pot, using a cooler, 170 degree water.  The steeping leaves had a sweet, grassy smell, which appealed to me.   The liquor was brownish-yellow like an oolong.  The flavor, too, was similar to oolong, with an unexpected touch of licorice.

Drink the Leaf (DTL) claimed  the brew was "clean, and  bright with a smooth, sweet, nutty flavor."  I disagree.  I found the taste to be somewhat more complex, swinging between a malty oolong flavor and a tart, vegetal green.  The aftertaste was predominantly tart, and it left a sour final impression.   Otherwise it is a decent tea , but not memorable.


— 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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