Tea: Mudan Wang: King White Peony
Type: Fuding White Tea
Harvest: March 29th, 2023
Region: Panxi, Fuding, Fujian
Producers: Yuanming Tea Garden
Tasting Notes: cinnamon, cream, spring violets, daffodil, roasted peanut
One of our most anticipated teas of the year, the 2022 Mudan Wang is simply outstanding. One smell off the dry leaves gives rich savory nuttiness mixed with a hint of milky fragrances and of course the spring grassiness one would expect out of such a fresh, early picked naturally sun-dried and charcoal roasted white tea.
The pick quality is outstanding, consisting almost exclusively of one long silver bud and a single slim leaf. There is very little discoloration in these scale leaves suggesting the highest care was given to their processing. Further, the pick is Ma Ti, or Horse Stirrup, which suggests many of these trees were in fact let to grow wild instead of pruning to waist height, this backs up the farmers claim that this is indeed a wild white peony, 野生牡丹王.
When infused, the bouquet opens up full of floral spring fragrances and a heavy notes of cinnamon. The brew itself is a creamy gold, it’s rich in the mouth with a thick savory body when brewed at high temperatures and delivers a creamy milky sweetness when brewed at lower temps (between 85 and 100 degrees Celcius). The aroma on the lid and in the empty cup is one of pungent flowers and residual cinnamon spices with a heavy lingering afterthought of spring vegetation. This very clean and refreshing tea is one of our top favorites to drink all through the year, fresh baimudan would certainly be our one and only if we could only choose one.
Our Baimudan, or White Peony, is a thickly vegetal early pick of white tea from Panxi Village in Northern Fujian China. The pick is Mudan Wang, meaning King Peony. This is one of the three main grades of Baimudan: Baimudan Wang (king white peony) consists of almost entirely buds and small leaves, Baimudan Jipin (exceptional grade white peony) consists of one bud and one or two leaves, while Baimudan (white peony) consists of one bud and two or even three leaves!
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