Our follow up to the much-loved Flower Crane - a special White tea made from the ancient forests of Nan Nuo. Deep, rich and fuzzy in taste and effects!
Last year we experimented with making a White tea cake using buds and leaves picked from old tea trees which are usually reserved for making Sheng PuErh. You Teaheads clearly enjoyed the results and so we are back with another unique White tea experience for you.
Of course, there are similarities between Flower Crane and Peony Chirps - they are both sweet, creamy, mineral-rich and complex brews with a deep, warm and lightly woozy body sensation. But, for Peony Chirps, we intentionally picked tea leaves to give you a new experience.
Flower Crane came from Jing Mai with a very flowery and perfumed character, whereas Peony Chirps comes from the more lush forests of Nan Nuo and bring more of a custardy, peppery and fruity character. Secondly, Peony Chirps has been processed to be a little greener. This adds a bright and zingy fruitiness to the mix (especially in the aftertaste) - think rosehips and raspberries rising out of the sweet creaminess.
The overall taste of Peony Chirps is one of a really sweet, honeyed , Hong Kong milk tea with a bowl of tangy rhubarb crumble and a couple of fresh raspberries. Comforting yet engaging.
The body sensation of Peony Chirps will probably depend on how hard you brew and how much you consume. As a steady sipper - it gives a warm and settled feeling and massages away some of those worries. If you sit and have a heavyweight session then it could lead you more to a woozy, lightly narcotic tea lifted state. If you finish by boiling the tea leaves then it will certainly get you places!