I was so ecstatic when I found out that I got Moonlight White tea in my tea of the month package. Ever since I heard about this tea and it’s unique process to make it I have wanted to try it.
Ok, sadly I don’t have a little scale so I just took out a chunk of tea that look likes it would be about 5 grams; I need to get one soon.
Dry leaf Smell: Sweet and light, almost a little earthy woodiness, but faint.
Wet Leaf Smell: This smells so interesting. It smells really sweet, slight dampness and like honey!
Wet leaf look: While most of the leafs had turned brown, there were some that stayed pitch black and super crispy with a slight fuzzy texture…….. interesting.
1st Steep: Sweet light crisp effervescent tingle. very white tea like. Floral as well. Slightest coco malt flavor whit an after taste of pine dew???? Smooth texture, is that the linen maybe.
2nd Steep: Still effervescent tingle. spicy maybe. Very fresh and floral. The Pine dew taste is stronger. Slight coco malt aftertaste that mixes with the dewy tastes. Honey flavor maybe.
Slightly cooled malt coco a little stronger. Still very floral, fresh, sweet and dewy. Mouth is left slightly dry.
3rd Steep: Malty coco is more stronger now but fresh crisp floral taste is still there. Also the dewy aftertaste.
4th Steep: I am detecting a spicy tingly feeling left on my tongue after drinking a lot of this tea. It still taste crisp refreshing with a bit of malt
5th Steep: It is tasting more black- teas -ish then white-ish, but there is a nice floral sweet crisp after taste after the malt coco with the persistence of pin dew.
6th Steep: I did a longer steep about 40 seconds. Even more black tea flavor. It has strong nice honey malt flavor yet with that nice dewy peppery piney crisp after taste.
7th Steep: 1 minuet steep. Very strong dewy pine crisp flavor with light coco malt, and an aftertaste of dew and apples. It is kinda like yabbo in a way, but much stronger and fuller body,
8th Steep: 45sec to water tasting to me. Guess I have to go with western brewing from here
9th Steep: 2 minuet: a lot of the white tea flavor is gone. It has a strong black tea honey flavor to it. There is still a somewhat effervescent and sweet after taste.
Cooled a little. even more strong black tea flavor, but still a pinch of crisp floralness. Also there is some maltyness and bit of astringency, but not bad.
At this point I am going to drink some green teas that I need to log in, so I am going to cold brew the rest of this.
P.S. The liquor color started of pale brownish yellow, but quickly got darker over the steeps and was a nice orangey brown.
P.S.2 I also did a quick rinse.
I would recommend this tea who likes experimental tea and woody tea.
Water: 4-6 oz
Leaf: 5-6 Grams maybe?
Steep Time: started at 10 secs and added 3 each steep