Monday, June 23, 2014

Tea People Makaibari Bai Mu Dan

Country of Origin: India
Leaf Appearance: large, scattered needles, varied shades of green
Ingredients: white tea
Steep time: 4 minutes
Water Temperature: 175 degrees
Preparation Method: ceramic teacup and mesh infuser
Liquor: pale gold

When I opened a recent batch of sample from +Tea People, this Darjeeling white tea was the first one to jump out at me. It practically begged, "Drink me!". The dry leaves were vaguely reminiscent of Bai Mu Dan but had a bit of a different appearance than their Chinese counterpart. The taste was very mellow, fruity and sweet with subtle nutty notes. Its finish had just a hint of citrus that reminded me of lemons. I found it really light and refreshing, perfect for sipping on a warm summer day. Adding anything to this tea would definitely be a no-no. It's so subtle that you would lose most of its nuances. I've got several other Makaibari teas to review from +Tea People (including an oolong!) so keep an eye out for those soon.

Makaibari Bai Mu Dan sample provided by Tea People.