Friday, May 12, 2023

Tea Review: 2021 Everyman's Baimudan (White2Tea)

2021 Everyman's Baimudan
Type: White
Origin: China, Fujian Province
Product Description:
You may have noticed how I went off the rails on the last tea's description.  It's probably because of how frustrating it is to source quality early spring Baimudan from Fujian without bankrupting your life savings.  The Fujian white teas command a high price.  The more buds, the more expensive they are.  So much so that teas from surrounding provinces get soaked up as fakes to buttress the local Fujian productions.  The tea costs dearly, even when you search out the most affordable balance of price and quality.  All that being said, the tea makers of Fujian know their sh*t.  They produce better teas than most anyone in the world, hence the brutal price tags.  Quality costs.  This tea is from a slightly lesser known area (not Fuding, which is the most famous area for Fujian white tea) but has plenty of buds and deft craftspersonship.  Aroma abound, mellow flavors and thick body from a lovely tea style that is oft misunderstood due to market demand for "cheap" white peony that ostensibly does not exist.  Next month we will try to include a version that is even closer to market standard, but we couldn't quite squeeze it into this months' budget.
Temperature: 175° F
Amount: 3 grams
Steeping Time: 2-3 minutes

The dry leaves have an aroma of pepper, seasoned wood, and red peppers.

The golden infusion has a sweet, savory, buttery, and lightly floral aroma.  The taste is savory and nutty with notes of vine plants and green vegetables with a fresh vegetal finish.

This white tea was full-flavored throughout three infusions.  I particularly enjoyed the results from 2-minute infusions and the refreshing fresh veg finish.

This tea review was written in 2021. This tea was included in a monthly paid subscription box.

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