White Peony (Bai Mu Dan) White Tea
A considerable lower grade than Silver Needle, White Peony, incorporates one bud and two tiny leaves, plucked in early spring, covered with tiny silver/white fuzz on one side and touting a deep sage green color on the other side. White Peony is cheaper than the Silver Needle because it contains less bud and more leaves, plucked primarily from the Zheng He tea tree. In rare cases, the leaves may be mixed with the Shui Xian tea tree.
White Peony is grown primarily in the Fujian Province of China in two different areas, the Jiang Yang and Zheng He counties. White Peony grown in Jiang Yang is considered to have a better appearance, but White Peony from Zheng He, where it is mainly produced, is said to be more flavorful. White Peony has a bold taste with hints of oak, nut and vanilla with an apricot color brew. To enjoy White Peony, it is best to brew it Gongfu style, using more tea with a shorter steep time.