Bai Mu Dan tea comes traditionally from the Fujian province in China.
It is considered a white tea, sun dried to cure. This makes it one of the lighter flavoured teas you can find in the world.
The leaves are somewhat tippy, with some beautiful furry leaves. The rest of the leaves are a dark green, or autumn brown.
This specific one (low grade) hasn't proven to be bothersome. I will test it at different lengths of steeping. The first steep was quick, with proper temperature water.
The flavour, when it is mild, is like this plant we used to have behind my house in Calgary. I believe we called it honeysuckle, though that was the name of a completely different species of plant. We called it honeysuckle because we would pinch the flower with our fingers and get a little bit of its nectar. The nectar tasted a little like honey.
The flavour of this tea is similar to the mystery plant that made my childhood a little more sweet.
The leaf doesn't expand much, so you should almost fill the yixing pot with dry leaf. The colour of the liquor is a beautiful khaki orange.
3rd Steep: After waiting a minute or two for the flavour to come out, I've noticed some very honey-oat kinds of notes. It is light and subtle, and I know a few people who would drop everything to drink a cup of this.
The first try was way too light for my taste. So I tried a second time with way more tea leaves.
Rinsed, and still producing a mild khaki yellow.
The first steep is very satisfying. A nice strong honeysuckle flavour, with mild chalky, milky mouth feel.
Second steep is a nice green, honey flavour. Like roasted honey, or buckwheat honey. Very delicate. It offers a nice meditation for me to sit with "Buddha Bar" playing in the background.
The third steep, allowed to sit for a few minutes, was surprisingly good.
I wouldn't suggest steeping the tea for 10 minutes, because it isn't the optimal flavour, but it certainly was forgiving to such an abuse.
Overall, my impression of the tea is that the taste is mostly mouth feel.
You still have the honey consistency, but mostly you have the comfortable twinge that tea gives your tongue when it isn't bitter, but it isn't water. I will drink this when I want to relax and not focus so much on complexity. This tea is not too easy to predict, but it's not surprising.
This is good because it's cheap and still offers up unique flavour. If you are doing it western style, I suggest using 3 teaspoons per cup of water. And letting it sit for a 5 minutes. If you feel the need to rinse it before the steep, don't let it sit more than a couple of seconds. The flavour is readily washed away.
Certainly worth the low price.
Let tea revive you.