What's in a Name? White Peony

by 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?

There 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.

One 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 these flowers.

Another 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.

White 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!

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