Saturday, September 15, 2012

Rishi Tea Organic White Peony

Country of Origin: China
Leaf Appearance: mixed, lots of downy buds
Ingredients: white tea
Steep time: 5 minutes
Water Temperature: 185 degrees
Preparation Method: Tavalon Gravity Pot
Liquor: deep gold

This was one of the highest quality white peonies that I have ever had and the best part is that it came off of the sale rack at Whole Foods! I grabbed a tin to keep in my work stash but I quickly realized that it was much too nice to waste on hasty office prepping. I think the secret was the high percentage of buds compared to most other renditions of this tea. It was complex with layered notes of chestnut and honey. The finish was woody with a hint of floral sweetness. There was no anstringency but this was still a very full bodied cup of tea. The dry leaves have such a wonderful aroma, I just couldn't keep my nose out of the tin. This is tea is a really close tie with the White Monkey from Teas Etc for my favorite white tea. I'm not surprised at all that Rishi is completely out of stock on it.

You can find this tea here.