White Tea Buttons - Bai Mu Dan - Tea Description:
White tea in a perfect package! Chinese Bai Mu Dan is compressed into single-serving tea cakes, great for enjoying on-the-go… or on any occasion. These buttons can be resteeped multiple times to appreciate the complex flavor of aged white tea. Classic floral notes and a surprisingly rich mouthfeel, with a lingering woody finish.
Chinese Bai Mu Dan White Tea
White Peony Tea - Bai Mu Dan - Significance
Literally meaning White Peony, Bai Mu Dan comes from Fujian Province, China. Leaves are sun dried after plucking and then piled for a short time. Finally the leaves are baked to be finished for shipping.
Bai Mu Dan, also known as Bai Mudan, White Tea was developed in the 1920s in Fujian as China worked to meet the demand for unique teas from the United States and Europe. Bai Mu Dan is usually a bud and either one or two small open leaves. When you look at the dried leaves they resemble small peony flowers; hence the name White Peony Tea. The bud in Bai Mu Dan is shorter than Bai Hao Silver Needle White Tea typically, as it is made from different cultivars of Camellia Sinensis. Bai Mu Dan is also dried in the sun. However,it is typically baked after drying resulting in a wide array of colors in the leaves from silver to the dark brown you would expect from a black tea. Still,the tea is only around 5-7% oxidized. This white tea can be brewed just like Bai Hao, however you should experiment with brewing it like an oolong, with a water temperature up to 190° Fahrenheit and 3-5 minutes of steeping. It produces a very different flavor depending on how it is prepared. Brewed as you would a white tea you get a smooth floral tea. Brewed as you would an oolong (closer to 190°) and you will get strong muscatel flavors with a hint of nuttiness from the very pale yellow liquor. Unlike Bai Hao, this tea is used as the base for most flavored white teas, as it is produced in much larger quantities making it a more cost efficient.
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- Step 1:
- Add boiling water to mug and allow the water to cool to 170°-185° or simply wait 2-5 minutes.
- Step 2:
- Steep 1 cake per 8 oz of water.
- Step 3:
- Steep for 3 minutes. It may be well worth experimenting with water closer to 170° as white teas often provide more character with cooler water. Try additional 5 minute steepings.