Midnight in the Garden

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Cucumber, Fruity, Hay, Herbaceous, Malt, Sweet, Vegetal, Barnyard, Peach, Honey
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180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec 4 g 10 oz / 295 ml

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From August Uncommon Tea

Tastes Like: white nectarine, sweet hay, oats, wet limestone
Feels Like: subtle play of light and shadow

This tea is a very special pu’erh tea, fermented Chinese tea. Most pu’erhs are shaped into disks and dried in the sunlight which create the characteristic dark leaves and earthy, pungent aroma. Moonlight White tea is gently processed under moonlight as close to the full moon as possible. Then it is finished in a dark room to preserve the light oxidization which gives it a light fruity aroma. In a dark container, this tea will continue to slowly ferment over a long period of time.

Ingredients: yunnan white pu’erh tea

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8180 tasting notes

dexter sent this one my way and i’ve had it a couple times now. I’ve come to the conclusion that this one isn’t for me. It’s a lovely moonlight tea, but it’s not strong enough for me. Light hay taste even though longer steeps and subsequent steepings. thank you so much for letting me try this one dex!

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As you all know, I’m a HUGE moonlight fan. So of course I had to pick this up with my last August Uncommon order.
This is a good one. Light on the hay, some apricot, some honey, nice mild, no bitter. I am drinking this gongfu tonight and I feel like I under leafed it a little, maybe not quite as deep as I would like. I used boiling water with flash steeps and it’s just a little flat, I think a little more leaf will fix that.
This is not my favorite moonlight, and it’s pretty expensive. Happy with it but not sure I would buy more at this price.

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Last tea of the night! I’m probably an idiot for drinking it at 10:00PM; the caffeine is gonna kick my ass. I’ve gone to work on zero sleep before though. I guess we’ll see what happens…

I’m reading other people’s reviews of this as I drink it: I’m really liking Srens description of this as a ‘bolder’ white tea. That certainly seems apt – though I think I’m gonna slightly rephrase and call it, instead, a more ‘empowered’ version of a white tea. The difference there is, of course, subtle but I don’t actually think this has ‘bold’ flavours – more like it’s more nuanced and intricate. Ergo, an ‘empowered’ white tea/white tea at it’s best.

First thing I’ll point out is that this has a rather weighty mouthfeel. It’s thicker/viscous and feels lofty and lush in my mouth, which is really quite pleasant. It’s got that “timothy hay” flavour that is present in so many white teas; although this feels more… present. In addition to the hay notes, there’s a bit of an underlying sweetness that I guess is fruity? Probably the nectarine notes described on the tin, although I don’t really think it tastes like nectarines. I’m not sure what fruit it tastes like to me though; maybe more of a dried fruit/generic “fruit leather” sort of taste? Body of the sip is crisp and vegetal; reminds me a little bit of the ‘pulpy’/fleshy part of a cucumber. It’s also malty in the same way as I’ve found a lot of African/Kenyan whites to be, and has a pleasant herbaceous like finish that lingers for a profoundly long time.

It’s very interesting, for sure. Honestly, overall, it doesn’t have the most unique set of flavour notes does it? But I guess it doesn’t need to be unique to be successful or tasty, does it? I suppose I was just expecting something a little more… out there? But it’s been a really pleasant cup so far and I look forward to tweaking things slightly next time I brew this to get the most out of each cup and improve upon the experience.

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Kh09MuIfIU&list=LL1M1wDjmJD4SJr_CwzXAGuQ&index=123

Love, love, love this song – and I think Iron and Wine is just really good music to drink tea to in general. It’s so pleasant, and soft and comforting. But more so, I just feel like the overall feeling of the song and imagery in the lyrics really well reflects the aesthetic and vibe of the tea that August Uncommon was going for; both in how they named it, and the flavour notes, and even how it’s described on the tin/on their website.

Mother don’t worry, she’s got a garden we’re planting together…

Love tea/song pairings that tell a story; it just elevates the experience so much.

Flavors: Cucumber, Fruity, Hay, Herbaceous, Malt, Sweet, Vegetal

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I found this tea in the Beginners Puerh TTB. I actually have to credit Just John a bit for my new found love of whites, the moonlight variety especially. We swapped and he sent me a moonlight white that opened my eyes to the possibly depths of flavor there.

I steeped 4g in about 10-12oz of 180F water for 5 minutes, then 7, then 10.

Full disclosure: I was giving my wife a back massage using a Lavender and Chamomile massage oil and I brewed this tea as the “finishing touches” to the candle lit spa like experience. So, while drinking it, I believe the scent and possibly by extension the taste was a bit marred by that.

Overall, I was a bit underwhelmed with this tea. There was some nice flavor, sure. But it didn’t have an oomph or wow factor to it. I’d like to say it was delicate but I don’t want to confuse delicate for slightly bland. And again, perhaps the tasting was altered by the scent on my hands. Perhaps I just didn’t get the brewing parameters right. But, I don’t have any more sample on hand to play with and quite honestly I’m not sure this tea has convinced me to buy some in order to play with it. Especially not for the price I’m seeing it listed at.

I’m not usually this harsh on reviews but I was excited for this one and ended up not feeling it.

Flavors: Barnyard, Hay, Peach

180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec 4 g 10 OZ / 295 ML
Dr Jim

Lucky wife


Dr. Jim, you read my mind. How many folks give their spouse a back rub with the whole spa experience?

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Happy wife = Happy life


Haha. Yeah, well she is pretty amazing and treats me very well so I try to keep her happy. Massages are one of her favorite things ever so I actually took a class a few years back to learn some different massage techniques. Hate to have that go to waste so I usually give her a massage a few times a week, give or take. I just like making her happy.

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Here’s Hoping Traveling Tea Box
There was 1 cup left of this tea so I was grateful to have the privilege of trying the last of it. It was delicious. It didn’t have a Pu-Erh taste at all, which I really enjoyed. It tasted like a great white tea. Honeyed hay and sunshine, or moonlight I guess. I enjoyed the hints of nectarine that ended the sip. Really good. I would definitely recommend it.

(I listed peach as a flavour, but it was actually nectarine which wasn’t a option to choose.)

Flavors: Hay, Honey, Peach

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Here’s Hoping Traveling Teabox – Round #5 – Tea #43
First, the leaves in the sample do not look like the picture – that has solid sickle shaped leaves. The sample is mostly crumbly tiny leaves in green & black with a few sickle shaped white leaves here and there. Regardless, I love the story that this tea is processed during a full moon in the moonlight. AND it reminds me of Butiki’s White Rhino in flavor, so that is always a plus. It’s a really nice flavor profile – smooth, honey, hints of hay, some sort of light fruit. I definitely recommend trying the last steep at boiling… the flavor is even more pronounced and delicious, while still being smooth. Rather than a sheng it’s like a really light black tea. I love the slow flavor change from steep to steep.
Steep #1 // 30 min after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 20 min a.b. // 2-3 min steep
Steep #3 // couple min a.b. // 3-4 min steep
ETA: I’m laughing that the description mentions it tasting like wet limestone…. not sure how I would know what that tastes like.. haha.

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A white pu’erh? Sounds exciting. To me it tastes like a bolder cup of quality white tea. Not grassy but sunny with a hint of fruit underneath. Not intriguing though. I think perhaps more experienced white and pu’erh tea drinkers would appreciate this more than I do.

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