Silver needle is supposed to be the crown jewel of white tea, but I’ve grown rather fond of its less expensive cousin white peony. It’s not as elegant at the silver needle with its broken up leaves and humble appearance. But what Bai Mu Dan lacks in visual appeal it makes up for with taste.
This tea has a pretty typical white tea smell of corn and hay. Steeped, it has a crisp sweet corn flavor and a gentle note of hay at the end. The liquor itself is almost colorless and very sweet. It’s delicate yet is full bodied. The later steep gives cooling cucumber, corn, and dry straw flavors which are tamer than in silver needle. There is no bitterness here whatsoever. I do however recommend keeping the steep temperature low as high temps result in a strong hay flavor.
Overall, a very sweet, clean tasting, and refreshing white tea that’s surprisingly full-flavored.
Flavors: Corn Husk, Cucumber, Hay, Sweet