Award Winning Organic White Tea | Best in Class White Peony

Award Winning Organic White Tea
Best in Class Whole Leaf Peony Tea

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Global Tea Championship Winner

We are thrilled to announce that our Organic White Peony (Bai MuDan) Tea won the prize of GOLD in the Loose Leaf Hot Tea Competition. Our White Penoy, with its complex & juicy taste, ultimately won the judges’ love.

Judges’ comments on our Organic White Peony (Bai MuDan) Tea:

"Nutty & Toasty. Very representative of the category"


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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.

Tea Master's Notes


Mt. Taimu, Fuding City, Fujian Province, China


Spring Tea

Plucking Standard:

One bud with one leaf and one bud with two leaves

Dry Leaf: 

2014: Tender Tea buds and leaves covered in white hairs
2017: Straight tea buds covered in white hairs, tea leaves with grey green or dark green color


2014: Fresh with tender pekoe flavor
2017: Pekoe and delicate fragrance


2014: Pale orange-yellow color
2017: Clear and bright apricot yellow


2014: A delicate taste with slight floral fragrance, fresh and sweet with slight soymilk taste, light airy mouth-feel and long-lasting lingering sweet aftertaste

2017: Fresh, mellow and slightly sweet

Tea Bush:

Fuding Dabaihao

Tea Garden:

Heshan Organic Tea Garden


Low caffeine (less than 10% of a cup of coffee)


Store in cool, dry place away from sunlight

Shelf Life:

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.

The Farmer

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.

Mr. Lin the Tea Farmer


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.

Funding Dahao Bush


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.