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white peony tea, darjeeling

Thi N. | Nov 6, 2003 02:15 PM

I bought a few teas at Wing Hop Fun. Last time I was their, I bought some of their Royal Shou Mei (usual translation: Old Man Precious Eyebrows), which was a nice near-white tea. They didn't have any this time, and when I asked her for Shou Mei she pulled out a jar labelled "White Peony". I don't think this is the same stuff, but it's fine tea anyway.

Anyway, the stuff is exceedingly cheap, on sale at $35 a pound, if you have a membership.($7 bought me a LOT OF TEA). (If you're wondering, that probably means you could fill one of those Republic of Tea containers for about $4. This is a pretty light tea.) (membership costs a dollar).

The stuff is a good, clean white tea, at about half the price that my usual Internet suppliers charges for decent white teas. It's actually pretty addictive. I've been drinking it every day.

(If you haven't dealt with whites before, they brew at an even lower temperature than greens, say 60-70 C. Just when the smallest bubbles appear at the bottom of the tea kettle.)

Wing Hop Fun is very variable with their teas - some have definitely been around for a while, but their current batch of White Peony is really fresh.

And for Darjeelings - Chado Tea House's Jungpana Estate Darjeeling is kind of... whoah. It's the most intensely grape-y wine-y of their Darjeelings. Almost scary at first, but I've adapted and now really enjoy. Recommended to any who like that part of the darjeeling experience. $6.55/oz.


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