bai mu dan

What is White Tea?

White tea is defined by a unique processing technique that has only about 220 years of undisputed history. Traditionally, freshly picked leaves and buds are wilted under shade to lose moisture; then, they are exposed to the sun for fermentation and drying. The tea makers are mindful about adjusting the leaves to catch the sun at the right angle while allowing wind to blow under the leaves to cool them down. The loose-leaf teas are then finished by baking to dry with charcoal ash on bamboo trays, though if the sun is strong enough, the tea is dried by the sun. 

Learn more about White tea with our Tea Fundamentals.

About Our Bai Mu Dan

Origin: Dian Tou, Fu Ding, Fu Jian Province, China (~500m elevation)

The official second grade of white tea, Bai Mu Dan, consists of one fat bud and two leaves. The best Bai Mu Dan is picked at the same time as Bai Hao Yin Zhen. A Bai Mu Dan can be considered an un-de-leaved Yin Zhen, and it is commonly accepted as a preference in taste among professionals to choose Bai Mu Dan over Bai Hao Yin Zhen instead of a fail of expertise. As the season goes into summer, the buds become skinnier, and the leaves become larger than the buds.

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Wild Harvest

Harvested from trees that have not been interfered with by humans before plucking. These are wild trees.

Tasting the 2021 Vintage

This vintage feels like sunbathing in a field of wildflowers to us.

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Share Our Passion

If you love this guided tasting, join us monthly with our Educational Tea Club! We deep dive into two teas a month over Zoom. You'll be able to participate live and ask questions and taste the tea together with our community.

Example Curriculum

  Wild Bai Hao Yin Zhen, Dian Tou, Early Spring 2021
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Watch The Guided Tasting

What You'll Need

To get the most out of this session, we advise having a gong fu brewing set up ready to brew along with. A Gai WanFairness PitcherStrainer, and Three Sip Cup is recommended.

You can purchase a full gong fu brewing kit here.