2016 Peony King White Tea (牡丹王白茶, Mǔ Dān Wáng Bái Chá, "Peony King White Tea") - White Peony is the second grade of Fuding White Tea - between the early-spring, all-bud Silver Needle and the late-spring Shou Mei harvest which is mostly leaves. As such White Peony contains a mix of buds and leaves, producing a tea that is light and floral when fresh, deepening in flavor gradually to a sweet, rich tea with a red liquor and deep mouthfeel as it ages. The earliest harvest of White Peony is known as Peony King, and is the highest grade of White Tea after Silver Needle. The buds contribute fragrance, while the leaves contribute flavor.
The saying in Fuding referring to White Teas goes "One year tea, three years medicine, seven years treasure." This middle-aged Peony King cake maintains the fresh floral brightness of a young white, and is beginning to attain some of the dried fruit and honey notes of a venerable Aged White Tea.