on Monday, April 1, 2013 12:00:00 PM
Our most popular tea in our store and on our website is our White Peony King which
has a very soothing, calming and fresh taste. Interestingly enough
though, it is not scented with any peony flowers! Why then is this tea
called White Peony?
are a few possible reasons why this tea is called white peony, but
first let me define this tea. Traditionally white peony refers to a
white tea from the da bai/da hao cultivars with a plucking standard of
the top bud and 1-4 small leaves that grow near. It is a pure tea that
is not scented and does not have any herbs mixed in with the tea leaves.
reason this tea is called white peony or bai mudan in Chinese is
because the white tea varietal grows flowers that smell very similar to
peonies. Historically peonies have been considered the national flower
of China and so this name is likely a tribute to that flower. For this
reason, if you have a very discerning palate you can actually taste some
slight flower notes that the growing tea leaves have absorbed from
reason is because tea traders likely added the peony title in order to
make the tea sound appealing and attractive to potential purchasers.
Since peonies were considered flowers of the wealthy, this name likely
conveyed the idea that this was a premium and exclusive tea.
Peony is now enjoyed all over the world and we'd love to share some of
ours with you if you've never tried it. Stop by the store anytime to try some, or ask us for a free sample with your next order!