Mutan White is made on the same hills that make Chinese Silver Needle, just outside of Fuan in northern Fujian Province. The tea is based upon the same Da Bei or Big White cultivar. After enough tips (or buds) are gathered to make Chinese Silver Needle, the plants are allowed to grow some more. Then when two immature leaves have grown, the whole set is harvested; two leaves and a bud (aka tip.) The sets are dried in large barns, where the slow process allows a bit of oxidation to occur. This gives Mutan White some fruity and vegetal flavors.
Better than most anything else you'll get in bags, but still one step below loose leaf outside of sachets; for one, several of the leaves are broken/crumbled, two, even with the pyramid shape, the leaves can't fully float around and release their full flavor, and 3 the floral and fruity flavor isn't quite at the same level as some other mudan/mutan whites I've had. That said, the price is great and the sachet convenience is too, if you don't want to bring around a brewing filter with you. I will finish the tin, then invest in some high-quality loose white. If you want a decent introduction to whites with the convenience of a tea bag, this is it. A slightly buttery tea, smells vaguely of nuts and caramels, mild floral/fruit...no grassiness, mild sweetness and only a hint of astringency. (Posted on 9/22/11)
The only way I can describe this tea is Simply Amazing! In my opinion this is by far the best white tea I have ever tasted both hot and chilled. It also pairs well with just about any type of food you can think of from breakfast to dinner and from salads to steaks. I HIGHLY recommend this tea to any seasoned tea drinker or someone who is just starting out. You will not be disappointed. (Posted on 8/2/11)
This is a fantastic white at a great value. Where else can you buy a tea at this price and quality and have the ability to steep it on the go? It is very hard to find. There is little to no grassiness present and it has a slightly floral nose with hints of cotton candy. It also has a nice creamy texture to it. You just can't go wrong. This is a tea that must be enjoyed. (Posted on 11/27/10)