Organic White Peony Tea
Original Chinese Name: Fú Dǐng Fújiàn Bái Mǔdān 福鼎福建白牡丹茶
The Global Tea Championship is an independent competition judged by tea professionals with the goal of distinguishing the highest quality and best tasting teas that are globally and commercially available. We are thrilled to announce that our Organic White Peony (Bai MuDan) Tea won the prize of GOLD in the September 2018 Spring Loose Leaf Hot Tea Competition, with its Complex & Juicy taste ultimately winning the judges’ love.
Judges’ comments on our Organic White Peony (Bai MuDan) Tea:
Nutty & Toasty. Very representative of the category
Tea Master's Notes
Mt. Taimu, Fuding City, Fujian Province, China
April 30, 2014
One bud with one leaf and one bud with two leaves
2014: Tender Tea buds and leaves covered in white hairs
2014: Fresh with tender pekoe flavor
2014: Pale orange-yellow color
2014: A delicate taste with slight floral fragrance, fresh and sweet with slight soymilk taste,
fragrance mouth feel and long-lasting lingering sweet aftertaste
2017: Fresh, mellow and slightly sweet
Heshan Organic Tea Garden
Low caffeine (less than 10% of a cup of coffee)
Store in cool, dry place away from sunlight; keep ventilated
The aged the better
Heshan Organic Tea Garden is in the main producing area of white tea in Fuding, to the west of Taimu Mountain at an elevation between 600 and 900 meters. The weather here is warm and humid with abundant rainfall, and the tea plantation is surrounded by fog, all of which result in the perfect conditions for tea bushes to accumulate a rich array of microminerals and organic nutrients. The tea plants growing here are mainly of the Fuding Dabaihao varieties.
Mr. Lin was born in Fuding, Fujian, and has been living in a tea-filled environment all his life. His father, grandfather, and great-grandfather are all tea farmers; when in elementary school, Mr. Lin helped pick the tea when there were not enough workers. This led to his dream of becoming further engaged in the tea business.
He said: “My original idea was to establish a good life for my family by running a tea business. But when I got to that point in 1993, I changed my mind: Fuding is one of the best places for growing tea. So I wanted to create a long-term organic tea business.”
Mr. Lin is now one of the first founders of Chinese white tea, owning almost 2800 acres of high-quality Fuding tea gardens, including the only organic tea garden in Fujian that has passed all the European, American, and Japanese certifications. This organic garden has also become the national agricultural standard.
In 2008, his Silver Needle white tea won the gold medal at the annual Chinese White Tea festival in Beijing.
This Bai MuDan tea is produced in Fuding, a famous tea production area located in the northeast of Fujian Province. Fuding is of the subtropical monsoon climate, characteristic to coastal areas; it experiences an average annual rainfall of about 1661mm, and the average annual temperature is right around 18.5°C. This tropical, mountainous coastal area is perfect for growing pekoe, with abundant rainfall and temperatures neither too hot in summer nor too cold in winter; the mountains around the farms are more than 80% forested, which ensures the soil retains a high natural fertility and organic content. This in turn eliminates the need to use fertilizers.
This white tea is made from the leaves of the Fuding Dabaihao plant, which propagates asexually and is shaped like a small tree, and in 1985 was certified as a national tea plant variety. It can grow up to 2.8m high with a thick trunk, and its spring leaves contain 1.8% amino acids and 28.2% tea polyphenols, marking it is an excellent base to make Silver Needle and White Peony tea.
Since both follow the same method of processing and use the same source plants, the histories of Bai MuDan and Silver Needle white teas are very similar, with the only difference being which parts of the plant are used.
White tea is the oldest form of Chinese tea. Farmers discovered that cooling, sun-drying, or baking the leaves ensured that the tea could be stored easily and then used at a later time; these steps of course formed the basis of the withering and drying processes that are still used to this day.
The Bai MuDan version of white tea, essentially the same as Silver Needle except for the leaf-bud ratio, was first produced in the early 1870s in the area around ShuiJi, in the Zhenghe county of Fujian province. Later on in the 1960s, production spread to the Songxi county in Fujian, and today the main production areas for Bai MuDan are these two counties as well as Fuding and Jianyang counties.
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