Bai Mu Dan from The Little Red Cup Tea Co.

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  White

Where to Buy:  The Little Red Cup Tea Co.

Tea Description:

Our organic Bai Mu Dan (White Peony Tea) is a white tea, grown in the very northeastern corner of Jiangxi Province. Made from only one bud and the two adjacent young leaves, this tea is carefully processed to promote a bare minimum of oxidation.  It is sun dried, heaped, and then gently baked until fully dried.  Bai Mu Dan is always handled carefully in order to minimize leaf breakage so as to maintain optimal quality.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

The photo is a little misleading, as it would depict a greener (fresher?  higher quality?) Bai Mu Dan than I received in my package.  These leaves are dull, dark brown.  Broken, crumbly leaves.  And no indication of velvety, fuzzy down on the leaves.  I’ve had higher quality Bai Mu Dan teas from China.

So while this is not the best Bai Mu Dan I’ve come across, the flavor is still quite pleasing.  It is delicate, with sweet fruit notes in the foreground, and a hint of vegetation and hay in the background.  It is not grassy, exactly, but, imagine the taste of the fresh air you might experience in a field of hay … that’s what the background here tastes like:  light, delicate, airy, with hints of the elements that surround you.  It is almost as if I can taste the sunlight that dried this tea.

There is a crispness to the flavor that is very refreshing.  Overall, I’m enjoying this for its delicate, sweet flavor with delicious fruit notes throughout.   As I mentioned, it’s not the highest quality Bai Mu Dan I’ve had, but it is certainly one of the most reasonably priced Bai Mu Dan teas I’ve sampled and the flavor is certainly pleasant.  I also appreciate that this is a Fair Trade and Organic tea.   So for that, this tea gets an enthusiastic thumbs up.

Anne (aka the Mad Tea Artist) has celebrated her 29th birthday for many years now. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her hubby and her youngest daughter. Her oldest daughter is married and has bestowed Anne with the proud title of “Gramma” and her grandson is about the cutest boy you ever did see.

Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn’t drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn’t cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!

Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn’t cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!

2 thoughts on “Bai Mu Dan from The Little Red Cup Tea Co.

  1. Hi liberteas — Thanks for the great review. You were absolutely right about the photo, and we’ve updated all our images based on your comment.

    All the best,

    Martin @ Little Red Cup Tea

    1. Hi Martin: You’re welcome for the review, and I appreciate your attention to this small detail. It is nice to know that these types of things are just as important to you as they are to me! Sincerely, Anne aka LiberTEAS

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