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Pai Mu Tan/White Peony/Fujian/China

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PAI MU TAN/WHITE PEONY/FUJIAN/CHINA

CAMELLIA SINENSIS

PAI MU TAN /BÁI MUDAN 白牡丹

WHITE PEONY is called in Chinese Bái mudān. Pai Mu Tan is the romanized form of Bai mudan. Bái means “white, bright, pure” and mudān is “peony” (lat. Paeonia). The tea bears this name mainly because of the tender young leaves and buds of the peony blossom. The peony is also regarded in China as the most revered symbol of Spring and of beautiful woman.

WHITE PEONY aka Bai Mudan (白牡丹) is A character from Chinese mythology. She is described as the most beautiful courtesan in the city of Luoyang and a reincarnation of Peony fairy.

She is worshiped as a goddess: her reputation as seducer makes White Peony aka Bai Mudan deified as goddess who tempts men or more specifically an ascetic.

THE LEGEND

White Peony most popular legend comes from novel Journey to the East. It said one day the immortal Lu Dongbin took a walk in Luoyang, spotted White Peony, and was heavily attracted by her beauty. Lu Dongbin then transforming himself into handsome scholar and slept with her many times. However, in accordance with Taoist alchemy, he never ejaculated in order to preserve his Yang essence. Unfortunately Lu’s immortal colleague Iron-Crutch Li and He Xiangu taught Mudan how to make him ejaculate by tickling his groin. Finally, White Peony successfully made Lu Dongbin ejaculate and absorbed his Yang essence. Later she cultivated herself and become immortal as well.

WHITE TEA

WHITE TEA is a lightly oxidized tea grown and harvested primarily in China, mostly in the Fujian and Zhejiang province. Like black and green tea, white tea is also derived from Camellia sinensis. Thus, white tea shares many of the same chemical properties and health benefits of tea, however white tea contains the greatest number of antioxidants.

White tea comes from the buds and leaves of the Chinese Camellia sinensis plant. The leaves and buds are allowed to wither in natural sunlight before they are lightly processed to prevent oxidation or further tea processing.

The name “white tea” (pinyin or bái chá) derives from the fine silvery-white hairs on the young unopened buds of the tea plant, which gives the plant a whitish appearance. The limited fermentation process of just around 2% takes place during the natural wilting process. The mild flavor of this type of tea is created by gentle sunlight and air drying.

The quality of the white tea derives mainly by the particular choice of the leaves: only the unopened buds of the tea plant are used. For one kilogram of white teas around 30,000 hand-picked buds are required.

White tea is one of the six Chinese teas.

You will notice a very mild peony aroma when brewing the tea and a floral aroma, the tea is best brewed with good mineral water and at 70°C to 80°C (158°F to 176°F). The brew is a very pale green or golden color.

HEALTH

Like black and green tea, white tea is also derived from Camellia sinensis. Thus, white tea shares many of the same chemical properties and health effects of tea. However, white tea contains the most antioxidants. The particular amount and ratio of the polyphenol compounds found in tea varies widely from one type of white tea to another, frequently overlapping with chemical compositions found in green tea. This is due both to the variation between strain of Camellia sinensis, as well as the preparation process itself. These compounds have been shown to protect against certain types of cancer both in vitro and in vivo.

PRODUCTION STEPS

- fresh leaves are and picked by and
- cooling / ventilation of the leaves for about 2-3 hours
- withering on mats/baskets for about 10-14 hours at a humidity of around 60% and an ambient temperature of 25-26°C
- first drying for 10-15 minutes at a temperature of 100-130°C
- sorted by hand
- second drying for about 12 minutes at a temperature of 130°C
- mixing and packaging

DETAILS

Origion: Fujian/China
Plant: Camellia sinensis
Colour: pale green, golden
Aroma: floral, bloomy, mild, full-bodied
Feature: is infused several times / Is never bitter – even if infused for a longer period.
Preparation: 3/4 tea spoons per pot
Temperature: 70-80ºC/158-176ºF / min. 2min 30sec

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SIZES: S: 35g / M: 70g / L: 250g

SHIPPING COSTS:

>2kg: 4,10€ Germany/8,90€ EU/15,90€ World (Zone-I)
>5kg: 6,99€ Germany/16,99€ EU(Zone-I)/29,99€ World(Zone-II)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bai_Mudan
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_tea

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