Pai Mu Tan (Bai Mudan)
Pai Mu Tan (White Peony) is produced in the Fujian Province of Eastern China. During the manufacture of Ying Zhen (Silver Needle), freshly plucked tea buds are laid on to large blankets in the sun to wither and dry naturally. Once the leaf has withered enough, it is sorted into just three grades: First is the pure bud, needle like in appearance, classed as Ying Zhen (Silver Needle), secondly is a mixture of bud and large leaf classed as Pai Mu Tan (White Peony) and finally the remaining leaf Shou Mei (Longevity Eyebrow). The liquor of Pai Mu Tan is light and delicate with a slightly stronger nutty character than you would find with Ying Zhen. This tea is an excellent accompaniment to shell fish and can be drunk either hot or cold.