China Yunnan Moonlight White Tea

Tea type
White Tea
Ingredients
White Tea Leaves
Flavors
Almond, Apricot, Bread, Butter, Cinnamon, Cream, Cucumber, Eucalyptus, Fruity, Grass, Hay, Honeydew, Lemon, Malt, Marshmallow, Melon, Mineral, Oats, Orange Zest, Peanut, Pear, Plum, Raisins, Sugarcane, Vanilla, Wood
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Caffeine
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Average preparation
6 g 5 oz / 148 ml

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  • “Here is a review of a another of my summer sipdowns for everyone to enjoy. I think I polished off my 25g pouch of this tea in either July or August. At the time, I was concerned about the quality...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Am I really the first reviewer of this Tea? Say what? Anyway, from the sampler I had a couple years ago I thought white Tea was going to be one of my favorites. I was amazed b the fruitiness of the...” Read full tasting note
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A smooth sweet tasting tea with fruits melon hints.

Tasting Notes:
- Delicate and smooth tea
- Sweet taste with fruity hints

Harvest: Spring, early April 2019

Origin: Pu’er, Yunnan, China
Cultivar: Jinggu Large Leaf
Sourced: Specialist Chinese tea wholesaler

Brewing Advice:
- Heat water to roughly 90°C/194°F
- Use 3 teaspoons per cup/small teapot
- Brew for 3-4 minutes

Packaging: Resealable ziplock bag

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Here is a review of a another of my summer sipdowns for everyone to enjoy. I think I polished off my 25g pouch of this tea in either July or August. At the time, I was concerned about the quality of this tea, as the only previous reviewer had not enjoyed it much. Fortunately for me, I found this to be an excellent Yunnan moonlight white tea. Actually, I would go a step further and say that it was one of the best I have ever had.

I prepared this tea gongfu style. After a standard 10 second rinse, I steeped 6 grams of loose tea leaves in 4 ounces of 194 F water for 5 seconds. This initial infusion was followed by 20 additional infusions. Steep times for these infusions were as follows: 7 seconds, 9 seconds, 12 seconds, 16 seconds, 20 seconds, 25 seconds, 30 seconds, 40 seconds, 50 seconds, 1 minute, 1 minute 15 seconds, 1 minute 30 seconds, 2 minutes, 3 minutes, 5 minutes, 7 minutes, 10 minutes, 15 minutes, 20 minutes, and 30 minutes.

Prior to the rinse, the dry tea leaves emitted aromas of sugarcane, malt, cream, marshmallow, hay, wood, and eucalyptus. After the rinse, I detected new aromas of roasted almond, roasted peanut, butter, grass, and baked bread. The first infusion introduced subtle aromas of minerals and honeydew. In the mouth, the tea liquor presented pleasant notes of cream, golden raisin, butter, malt, grass, hay, baked bread, oats, sugarcane, and roasted almond that were deftly balanced by subtler notes of plum, lemon, marshmallow, roasted peanut, wood, honeydew, and eucalyptus. The bulk of the subsequent impressions introduced a stronger aroma of honeydew and new aromas of oats, lemon, cinnamon, and golden raisin to the mix. More immediate and pronounced notes of lemon, honeydew, wood, roasted peanut, and marshmallow appeared in the mouth alongside impressions of minerals and watermelon rind. Delicate, lively hints of cucumber, cinnamon, pear, orange zest, vanilla, apricot, and nectarine could also be detected. As the tea faded, the liquor began to emphasize notes of minerals, cream, baked bread, malt, roasted almond, and oats that were chased by a swell of honeydew, lemon, cucumber, hay, wood, roasted peanut, marshmallow, apricot, plum, eucalyptus, and watermelon rind flavors.

This was such a lovely example of a Yunnan moonlight white tea. It struck an excellent balance between rustic charm and smooth sophistication, melding gorgeous, complementary aroma and flavor profiles with a lively, substantial, crisply textured mouthfeel, and tremendous longevity. A very complex tea with a ton of depth, I could see how this tea might be overwhelming or confusing to some, but I have been drinking Yunnan moonlight white teas off and on for somewhere between five and six years now, and it hit pretty much all of the right notes for me. This was an incredible offering and one that demanded to be brewed in a long, slow gong fu session in order to get the most out of it. This was quite simply my kind of white tea and a reminder that I need to come back to certain types of tea more frequently.

Flavors: Almond, Apricot, Bread, Butter, Cinnamon, Cream, Cucumber, Eucalyptus, Fruity, Grass, Hay, Honeydew, Lemon, Malt, Marshmallow, Melon, Mineral, Oats, Orange Zest, Peanut, Pear, Plum, Raisins, Sugarcane, Vanilla, Wood

Preparation
6 g 4 OZ / 118 ML
tea-sipper

I’m curious if you have ever considered a job in tea?

eastkyteaguy

I have, but I haven’t seriously looked into it. A few vendors have encouraged me, but when no one seemed interested, I just stopped looking. In the past, I have also tried to break into food and beverage and arts and entertainment journalism and criticism, but the problem I have is that I am way past the point where I can volunteer my energy and time and pay dues until someone offers to pay me. And a lot of places just don’t want to pay someone to research, write, and edit, or if they do, they want someone who has a certain look and presence, someone who fits one or more desired demographics, and that has apparently never been me. I really fell through the cracks in both of my past professions. I always seem to be someone who is either good enough to interview but never hire or someone who is good enough to hire but never develop, promote, or otherwise invest in at all.

tea-sipper

Ah okay. I was wondering, because your tasting notes are always so spot on and consistent. The consistency alone would count for something for tea work… I think my tasting notes became lazy years ago. haha

eastkyteaguy

You really don’t want to get me started on the job market or contemporary American work culture, and more specifically, recruiting, hiring, and promotional practices. I have had such bad luck with employers, that I have become very angry and embittered.

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Am I really the first reviewer of this Tea? Say what? Anyway, from the sampler I had a couple years ago I thought white Tea was going to be one of my favorites. I was amazed b the fruitiness of the other Tea and expected the same in this one. However this one is blah for me. It happens. I drank it up but wouldn’t repurchase. Still love what-Cha. Just not enough to reorder this particular tea

Preparation
3 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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