White Moonlight, Nepali White Tea

Tea type
White Tea
Ingredients
Not available
Flavors
Apricot, Astringent, Beans, Caramel, Drying, Dust, Earth, Floral, Geranium, Honey, Hot Hay, Lemon, Malt, Mineral, Muscatel, Mushrooms, Musk, Oily, Onion, Orange Blossom, Papaya, Paper, Peppercorn, Rose, Savory, Silky, Soft, Spices, Spicy, Spring Water, Straw, Sugar, Watermelon, White Grapes, Wintergreen, Honeydew, Honeysuckle, Pear, Sweet
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Caffeine
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Certification
Organic
Edit tea info Last updated by Daylon R Thomas
Average preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 5 oz / 150 ml

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  • “Prepared in a glass gaiwan, this is all spicy pastoral. Animalic muskiness that’s not contained within a barnyard, rolling dry pastures, parchment, sun-warmed earth and a soft savory quality...” Read full tasting note
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  • “I gambled, and put it into my gong fu 2 go tumbler western. I let it sit for about 3-4 minutes using 3-4 ish grams, maybe less, and I was happy that it’s a fruity floral style kind of white tea. I...” Read full tasting note
    87

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White Moonlight is a velvety floral premium organic white tea from the Kanchanjangha Tea Estate in Nepal. With vanilla top-notes, and spring blossoms, muscatel, and melted butter flavors, this Nepali white tea is sure to delight any fans of Bai Mu Dan White tea or lighter Taiwanese Oolong Teas. Also, anyone who is trying to expand their palate in lighter teas will enjoy the amazing complexity that this white tea…

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Prepared in a glass gaiwan, this is all spicy pastoral. Animalic muskiness that’s not contained within a barnyard, rolling dry pastures, parchment, sun-warmed earth and a soft savory quality reminiscent of tempered hing (which smells like sweated onions to me) and fresh mushrooms or garbanzo bean soak liquid.. These all present within a silky, unctuous mouthfeel that gives way to mouthwatering quartz-like minerality before finishing with an astringency that is most noticeable after the first few infusions.

There are delicate white rose and maybe geranium florals; fruity nuances such as apricot and papaya and tiny sparkles of muscatel; a quiet caramel note; white pepper, orange blossom, sugared lemon, rose leaf and wintergreen aromatics that elevate this tea from one that could be overly rustic into a tea that is rather refined. I’m sure there’s more.

The feeling is drying-warming, also masculine in a way that only a white tea could be. I wish I had more to play with — Nepali teas, while often exceedingly beautiful, can require some attention to avoid astringency.

Quite the difference between western steeping and gongfu. Western presents still with those spicy warm straw and earth tones, sweeter and even a little chewy honey-malt, not animalic or savory, while the fruit is more pronounced, sitting in the midtones and reaching higher into the olfactories. A distinct watermelon note comes out on the backend.

Flavors: Apricot, Astringent, Beans, Caramel, Drying, Dust, Earth, Floral, Geranium, Honey, Hot Hay, Lemon, Malt, Mineral, Muscatel, Mushrooms, Musk, Oily, Onion, Orange Blossom, Papaya, Paper, Peppercorn, Rose, Savory, Silky, Soft, Spices, Spicy, Spring Water, Straw, Sugar, Watermelon, White Grapes, Wintergreen

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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I gambled, and put it into my gong fu 2 go tumbler western. I let it sit for about 3-4 minutes using 3-4 ish grams, maybe less, and I was happy that it’s a fruity floral style kind of white tea. I got honeysuckle, rose, grape, muscat, butter, and melon. The other two rebrews had a hint of astringency that was welcomed, like a really great lighter sheng. I kept coming back to it after the first two brews. The later steeps do become a little bit more astringent, but floral and fruity still.

Looking at the notes on the website, they put vanilla and muscatel, which I kinda see, moreso muscatel than vanilla. There’s a little bit more luscious fruit on my palette leaning a little towards apricot or peach, but they’re not prevalent enough for me to commit them in the database. The vanilla is the floral I’m having a hard time figuring out. Geranium, maybe? It was pretty close to rose for me personally. Oh well, I’m excited to see what other people think. The company was right in that this tea definitely suits a Taiwanese Tea lovers palette. I think this tea and Azure are my favorites so far from derk.

Thank you for the incredible white tea! I honestly don’t know what I’d rate it. Definitely higher than an 85, but easily approaching the 90s. I think so many kinds of people would enjoy this one, snob and newbie alike.

Flavors: Astringent, Floral, Geranium, Honey, Honeydew, Honeysuckle, Muscatel, Pear, Sweet, White Grapes

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