Wild Peony King



April 2019

Zhenghe, Fujian

Made by Mr. Fan, nickname Hunter. Mr. Fan accidentally discovered the mountain full of wild and abandoned tea trees in 2009 while hunting for wild boars that were wreaking havoc for local farmers.

The leaves for this tea are foraged from wild tea trees in the mountains of Zhenghe. What makes this tea different from the usual White Peony is the picking standard - only the fresh bud and one fresh leaf is picked, making this tea more similar to a Silver Needle than the traditional White Peony. Mr. Fan crafts his white teas traditionally by all-natural withering and sunlight drying—a slow and delicate process which takes around 48-60 hours.

This tea is simply delicious - it is delicate yet full bodied, refreshing yet layered and complex. It coats the mouth and throat with a lingering sweetness. In the first four infusions, the tea has a distinct nuttiness to it, with notes of fresh soy milk and fresh fava beans. In subsequent infusions, it becomes more floral and subtly fruity; with notes of fresh bamboo, plum blossom and crimson rose. It is a beautiful tea to enjoy on a spring and summer day.

Brewing guide

Tea 4g
90-100 °C
Water  120ml
Steep time 10 - 90 sec
No. of infusions 10+

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