2 oz (57g) makes 60+ cups, 22 cents per cup
Ingredients: 100% Organic White Tea LeavesName: White Peony King (Bai Mu Dan)Varietal: Da Bai, Da Hao
Smooth and mellow, White Peony King is delicately crafted at the peak of the Tai Mu Mountain from the top bud and 2-3 leaves. It won the 2007 Gold Prize in
Fujian Province's White Tea Contest, making it the #1 White Peony in the
First and second flush
In early spring, the bud and first leaves of the tea plant are hand-plucked while still tender. If chewed raw, the young leaves have a clean and lightly bitter taste with a sweet finish, and almost immediately creates a refreshing moisture in the throat. The White Peony King gets its name from the slightly floral fragrance that comes from the tea plants themselves during the early spring harvest.
The tea is sun-dried on a bamboo rack for one or two days. As the buds and top leaves begin to silver, the tea is gently rotated to ensure consistency. Since day-to-day weather changes during the harvest can affect the tea’s condition, harvested batches are dried separately and combined later based on their individual qualities. The White Peony King comes from the premium batch.The White Peony King is finished over fir and fruit tree charcoal at a low temperature. This slow process maintains the integrity of the young leaves, while the nearly odorless flames from the sweet woods impart a clean aroma. Shang Tea is the one of the few producers left in the region that still uses a traditional charcoal oven to cure teas. Most farmers have switched to coal-powered processing factories to save time and money, though many will finish small batches for their own collections over charcoal. For Shang Tea, the clean taste of the tea and the sustainable management of the land are worth the expense.
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