What is Bai Mu Dan?
Bai Mu Dan tea is more commonly known as white peony tea, and is an extremely famous and popular variety of Chinese white tea. This type of tea comes from the buds of the Camellia sinensis plant, and is selected from the first two leaves of the tea bud. This tea is often sold in loose form, meaning the leaves are not crushed up and packaged into individual tea bags. While some people prefer the ease of a pre-made tea bag, Bai Mu Dan is typically best enjoyed when the leaves are full and intact, which means they should be purchased in loose form. There are many retailers around the world that sell Bai Mu Dan on its own or incorporate it into blends.
What Is White Tea?
If you love tea, then you are probably familiar with the fact that there are a variety of categories of tea. You may have sampled green tea, black tea, orange tea, and even white tea without knowing what creates this distinction among the types. White tea gets its name from a simple place, the way the tea leaves appear when they are harvested by the growers before they are made into tea. Often, white tea leaves have a white or silvery appearance because they are selected very early on in the growing process. White tea leaves are also typically only very lightly processed before being sold as tea, so they tend to retain many of the original properties of the plant they are harvested from when they become tea. White tea is known for its high levels of antioxidants, which makes it attractive to tea drinkers who are also interested in the health benefits it can potentially provide.
Flavor of Bai Mu Dan
White tea often has a lighter flavor than some of the other tea types as the tea leaves are harvested so early in the growing process. When you brew a cup of Bai Mu Dan, you should see a pale green color and it should have a bit of a sweet taste. Many people select these types of white tea if they are trying to avoid too much sugar in their diets. This is because the naturally sweet flavor of teas like Bai Mu Dan do not require tea drinkers to add additional sugar in order to make it taste the way they would like. Other stronger and bolder tea varieties often come across as bitter unless extra sugar is added to make them more palatable. Similarly, coffee often requires drinkers to incorporate sugar to make it taste better. The inherently sweet flavor of Bai Mu Dan makes it popular with people who want to drink the tea as-is and not need to add potentially unhealthy sugars. Bai Mu Dan does contain some caffeine, but when compared to other types of tea these levels are fairly low. This makes it a very well-liked drink for people who want to relax with a fragrant and light cup of delicious and subtle tea.