Bai Mu Dan (white)
Origin: Bai Mu Dan, "White Peony", Fuding, Fujian China
Temperature: 80°- 85°C (176°- 185°F), and up to 90°C (194°F)
Serving: 3 grams
Vessel: 80 ml gaiwan (serves 3 to 4)
Time: few seconds
Appearance/Taste: A bud and 1 to 2 leaves, results in a soup that is silky on the tongue with a rich floral aroma, this Fuding "white peony" makes me salivate and gets sweeter with each steep. An elegant tea with a clean, golden soup that is especially soothing in the early evening.
Note: white tea is steeped at a low to medium temperatures, and I play with the temperatures from season to season, choosing 90°C (194°F) during the winter, while steeping at 80°C during the summer, for example.