TeaGschwendner Fancy White Peony

I realize that I’ve been a very bad tea blogger. I’ve been an even worse tea drinker. My lack of free time is really cramping my tea style. I hope to make a bunch of posts over the next few days to make up for it. Getting back to my beloved tea is my New Year’s Resolution.

According to TeaGschwendner, this is a “new style” Chinese White Tea from the Fujian Province. It is created by plucking of the bud and first leaf in late March or early April. I wasn’t sure what was new about it since it appeared to be very similar to a standard white peony. The aroma of the dry leaves was not out of the ordinary either. I made this tea using my Zarafina tea maker set on strong white. The liquor was a light golden yellow but didn’t have too much of an aroma to it.

The flavor of this tea was very subtle, almost too subtle. I had to really work to detect the floral, chestnut and honey notes. I cannot say it was a bad tea but it just didn’t do anything for me. For someone who likes the challenge of finding the flavor in a tea like this, it might be worth a try but for a casual tea drinker there are much better varieties to be had. I love TeaGschwendner and this is the first slightly negative review I have given them. I would probably not recommend this tea.

Nicole has been writing about her love of the leaf since 2008. Her work has been featured on World Tea News, The Daily Tea, Tea Journey, and other publications. She is the winner of the 2018 World Tea Award for Best Tea Blog.