White Tea (Bai Mu Dan)


Bai Mu Dan translates to "white peony" and this type of tea is preferred by some white tea drinkers for its more complete flavor and greater potency than the other major type of white tea, Bai Hao Yinzhen (better known as Silver Needle). If you haven’t tried a white tea before this is an excellent introductory tea.

Where It’s From

The family of tea cultivars used in producing Bai Mu Dan are the "Dai Bai" varieties. Our Bai Mu Dan hails from Fujian Province, China, and is the second plucking of the white tea season of early spring (with Silver Needles being the first). This high quality, and fairly rare, early season tea is only plucked during a 2-3 week period each year. Grown in the area surrounding the town of Fuding, Bai Mu Dan is popular with Chinese tea drinkers, especially in the hotter regions of the country.

How This Tea is Processed

The freshly plucked tea leaves are dried in the sun and then piled briefly for oxidation. Depending on the weather, conditions of the pluck and the desired flavor requirements of the tea master, the sunning typically takes between 1-3 days and the piling between ½-3 hours. Bai Mu Dan is a mix of light and long, dark green leaves with white flecks and silvery tips. The dark leaves indicate that a light oxidation has taken place.

Our Bai Mu Dan is hand rolled and the leaves are expertly tied together by hand. Next the leaves are delicately flattened to form a ‘wheel’ shape. The tea is lightly steamed and dried which transmits a delicate aroma and flavor.

Flavor, Infusion, Caffeine and Yield

Our Bai Mu Dan has a delicate fragrance that is floral and warm with a hint of fruit blossoms. The flavor is clean, luscious and somewhat fruity sweet in flavor with undertones of currants and melons. It does not possess any astringency or grassy flavors.

The tea liquor is a very pale green or golden color.

Steep at 158°-176° for 3-5 minutes.

Low in caffeine. Low in antioxidants.

Bai Mu Dan is a splendid tea to enjoy throughout the day and is wonderful when paired with food.

1 oz makes 12 cups of tea.

All of our tea bags are made with unbleached tea filter paper. They are approximately 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" and have no strings or tags.


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Tea was reportedly discovered in China around 2737 B.C. by The Emperor Chen Nung when a tea leaf fell into his bowl of hot water. This tradition of tea drinking became an integral part of society and was the preferred beverage for all walks of life; from monks and mandarins to the nomadic tribesmen who traded horses for bricks of tea. The Japanese may have transformed tea drinking into a sacred ceremony; however, the Chinese are credited with initiating the time honored ritual of offering a guest a cup of tea as a sign of hospitality.

Scented teas have been around for a long time and are produced according to ancestral recipes. Before the advent of essential oil extracts one of the easiest scents to duplicate was ‘Rose’. The plantations would literally cut the rose blossoms from the plants bordering fields and pathways and sprinkle these into the tea. The result was a delicate but finely flavored tea. Today the practice remains virtually the same, but essential oils are used to speed up the scenting process and freshly cut flowers are added to the tea for visual effects. The result is a delightfully attractive leaf accented with rose petals combined with the refreshing cleansing flavor of roses. The next time a guest drops by, why not offer a truly special cup of hospitality accented with the scent and petals of roses.

Brewing Information:

Hot tea brewing method: Bring freshly drawn cold water to a rolling boil. Place 1 teaspoon of tea for each cup into the teapot. Pour the boiling water into the teapot. Cover and let steep for 3-7 minutes according to taste (the longer the steeping time the stronger the tea). We recommend adding milk and sugar (if this is to your taste), but if you prefer your tea ‘straight-up’ it is equally acceptable and enjoyable.

Iced tea brewing method: (to make 1 liter/quart): Place 5 teaspoons of tea into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Pour 1 1/4 cups of freshly boiled water over the tea. Steep for 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the tea into your serving pitcher straining the leaves. Add ice and top up the pitcher with cold water. Garnish and sweeten to taste. [A rule of thumb when preparing fresh brewed iced tea is to double the strength of hot tea since it will be poured over ice and diluted with cold water]


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