Tea: Pai Mu Tan Imperial

A White Peony Tea from Upton Tea Imports - O Organic

This tea has been retired/discontinued.

Picture of Pai Mu Tan Imperial
Brand:Upton Tea Imports
Style:White Peony Tea
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Review of Pai Mu Tan Imperial

5 of 103 of 52 of 547 of 100

A darker white tea. This doesn't even resemble ZW56, Upton's other organic Pai Mu Tan offering. Much darker; if you just gave it to me I'd probably guess incorrectly that it was a Shou Mei.

Aroma is mostly of autumn leaves, with only a hint of peony and a faint suggestion of some other vegetal tones. Also, unusual for white teas, there's a hint of roast in the aroma as well. I'm not noticing the "melon" claimed by Upton. Cup is a dark amber color. Only a hint of mild bitterness, and almost no astringency, but some slight sourness.

This was not what I expected, and honestly I'm still not sure what to make of it. You need to use a lot of leaf, and by weight the leaf is quite expensive; in my opinion, overpriced. I very slightly prefer ZW56, but I more strongly prefer all of Upton's Shou Mei's that I've tried.

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