Monday, September 17, 2012

Little Red Cup Tea Company Bai Mu Dan

Country of Origin: China
Leaf Appearance: dark, somewhat broken
Ingredients: white tea
Steep time: 2 minutes
Water Temperature: 180 degrees
Preparation Method: glass teapot
Liquor: deep gold

I often reach for white teas like this one on a really hot day due to the lower steeping temperatures. This tea was both delicate and refreshing, just what the doctor ordered. There were notes of fruit with a sweet, somewhat vegetal finish. The aroma was floral but that did not really come through in the tea itself. This was not the best white peony that I've had but it was still very good. I tried this in my cold drip iced tea maker and a really interesting oatmeal-like flavor appeared out of nowhere. It was a very close tie with the hot version and I will definitely be making this iced again.

I shopped around and a similar white peony from another retailer costs twice as much. One thing that has impressed me about Little Red Cup Tea Co. is how inexpensive their teas are. If you are looking for daily drinkers, their selection is a great way to go. I love that this tea is both organic and fair trade certified. There are a lot of arguments about whether those titles mean anything but I think they are close as possible to what we look for in a "safe" tea to drink.

You can find this tea here.