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Mirik Valley, Darjeeling
First Flush, March-April
Whole leaf white tea
After sampling a number of white teas, we found this Exquisite White Peony was definitely our favorite. White Peony also known as Bai Mu Dan, is the most natural form of the tea plant as it is minimally processed. Our Exquisite White Peony is definitely a tea we are very proud to have and be able to offer you.
This white tea harvested from the AV-2 cultivar, well known to produce high quality Darjeeling teas with exceptional aromas and flavors. The AV-2 bushes used for this tea are grown in the highest regions of Mirik Valley. The high elevation ensures cloud cover, which forms natural shade that helps increase the theanine content in the tender buds and young leaves. Theanine gives the much sought after umami taste and also the lovely rich buttery aromas and flavors that are experienced in this tea and make it so special.
In March, when spring has just arrived to the high mountains and valleys of Mirik Valley in Darjeeling, you will see a line of tea harvesters bundled up in woolens and painstakingly picking the most young and tender buds and leaves, which are then used to make this tea. Our Exquisite White Peony is composed of the finest of buds and has a very high bud to leaf ratio. The abundance of buds gives rise to a sweet exquisite cup which is rich yet very delicate. After plucking, the tea leaves undergo prolonged withering and then drying, and so the oxidation process is skipped resulting in a tea which is very natural and rich in catechin polyphenols. This exquisite tea is for a tea enthusiast or aficionado, we definitely think it is a must try.
Number of infusions per 2.5 g: 3
2.5 gms of tea (use a digital scale)
120-150 ml ( 4-5 fl-oz ) or 1/2 - 2/3rd cup of water at 80°C - 85°C (or 175°F - 185°F)
This tea works great for the gongfu style as it helps coax out all the subtle flavors.
We recommend 5 gm of tea
100 ml water (approximate 10-20 ml of water per 1 gm of tea) at 85°C - 90°C (or 185°F - 195°F).
Mirik is a small charming town nestled in the serene hills of Darjeeling district in West Bengal, India. At an elevation of 5000 ft., it is surrounded by lush tea gardens, orange orchards, cardamom plantations, and forests of tall, dark Japanese cedars. Mirik, pronounced as Mir-yok, means ‘a place burnt by fire’ in Lepcha. Its cool and moist climate make it the perfect setting for growing tea.
Red pandas dwell in the Eastern Himalayan region of India and also in China. They are skillful acrobats that are arboreal. They are mostly herbivorous and their name comes from a Nepali word “ponya” which means one who eats bamboo. Red pandas are endangered and there are about 10,000 animals left, of which over 50% live in India.