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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

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 5 OZ / 147 ML
Rasseru

I love bai mu dan! Ive got a big bag of quite old stuff, i wonder what the shelf life is like and if I should buy some fresh this year, smaller batches

Rasseru

its over a year old now

LuckyMe

White teas can be aged if stored properly. My silver needle tea is a year old but it still smells and tastes great.

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Rasseru

I love bai mu dan! Ive got a big bag of quite old stuff, i wonder what the shelf life is like and if I should buy some fresh this year, smaller batches

Rasseru

its over a year old now

LuckyMe

White teas can be aged if stored properly. My silver needle tea is a year old but it still smells and tastes great.

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My Rating Criteria:

95 to 100: Top shelf stuff. Loved this tea and highly recommend it

90 to 94: Excellent. Enjoyed this tea and would likely repurchase

80 to 89: Good but not great. I liked it though it may be lacking in some aspects. I’ll finish it but probably won’t buy again

70 to 79: Average at best. Not terrible but wouldn’t willingly drink again

60 to 69: Sub-par. Low quality tea, barely palatable

59 and below: Bleh

Fell into tea many years ago and for a long time my experience was limited to Japanese greens and flavored Teavana teas. My tea epiphany happened when I discovered jade oolongs. That was my gateway drug to the world of high quality tea and teaware.

For the most part, I drink straight tea but do appreciate a good flavored tea on occasion. I love fresh green and floral flavors and as such, green tea and Taiwanese oolongs will always have a place in my cupboard. After avoiding black tea forever, Chinese blacks have started to grow on me. I’m less enthusiastic about puerh though. I also enjoy white tea and tisanes but reach for them less frequently.

Other non-tea interests include: cooking, reading, nature, philosophy, MMA, traveling when I can, and of course putzing around on the interwebs.

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