A aerial video of the factory in Fujian, where this cake is made:
Aged White Tea Taste
Given the young age of this white tea, it still has a long way to go before complete aging. The taste currently features soft and floral notes as you can expect from a fresh white tea. However, as it continues to age, the taste will slowly evolve notes of ripe fruit when the cake is over 3 years old. In 7 years, this tea will turn very dark and develop medicinal notes.
TIP: by two cakes: one to enjoy right now, while you store the other away for further aging.
This tea cake is compressed somewhat tighter than other tea cakes and in the shape of a waffle. As a result the cake is thinner and easier to break. When you steep this tea, you should allow for a slightly longer steeping time during the first brew, to allow the tea to properly unfurl. We recommend a 3 minute brew for Western style brewing in a teapot at full temperature. For gaiwans you may start with a 60 seconds brew than adjust according to taste.
Besides the above instructions, you may also try lower the temperature to 80ºC (175ºF) for a different taste experience. When you do this, double the steeping time.
About Bai Mu Dan
Bai mu dan (or 'pai mu dan'), also known as White Peony, is a national Chinese flower. When you steep this tea, you’ll see that the green leaves are surrounding the silver needle buds resembling a White Peony, hence its name. While a loose leaf bai mu dan is great for drinking it fresh, this white tea cake is perfect for long-term storage allowing the leaves to acquire a mellow sweet flavor.
To steep this tea you can follow the temperature and brewing duration in the 'additional information' section. Add some leaves in your teapot and only fill up the teapot for 1/3 to rinse the leaves, while at the same time warming up your teaware. Then proceed with the first brew.
Once you've purchased your cake, read our white tea cake storage guide.
|Steeping time||3 min|
|Steeping temperature||90 °C - 195 °F|
|Leaves per 500ml / 17oz teapot||1 pc|
|Tablespoons / 500ml (17 oz)||n/a|
|Tea Caffeine Content||low|
|Tea in Chinese||白牡丹饼茶|