White tea harvest has begun in Fujian! Silver needle is already being picked, and the Baimudan Wang will shortly follow. We are offering this tea as a pre-order that will be shipped out with the Mingqian teas on April 5th!
This year, due to as short growing season with a fair bit of temperamental rain in Fuding, the overall yield for Baimudan was relatively low. This the prices for the 2021 teas went up, and there’s nothing to be done about it. This is one of the interesting things about sourcing tea, then year, the weather, and the location all have a huge impact on the tea in the cup.
Our Baimudan, or White Peony, is a thickly vegetal early pick of white tea from Panxi Village in Northern Fujian China. The pick is a Baimudan Wang, meaning King of White Peony. The tea gets this name for having such an early harvest date, which is a small window after the Silver Needle harvesting is completed and usually falls just before April 4th, or the Tomb Sweeping holiday in China. The pick largely consists of long fuzzy buds and one or two equally fuzzy leaves. In China, only the dabaihao varietal from Fujian can be made into genuine white tea, and it is this characteristic downy hair on the leaves and thick buds that make the varietal easily distinguishable.
The wet leaves exude an aroma of sweet grass and crushed flowers. The liquid brew starts out very clear, almost white but for the suspended down, as the brews continue the tea finds its stride in a thick and oily gold. When brewed hot with boiling water, the mouthfeel is thick and oily, though still not bitter or astringent. When brewed at cooler temperatures (near 85 or 90 degrees) the sweetness and floral notes begin to come out. The aroma on the lid and in the empty cup is one of sweet flowers, slight spice, and light 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.