Siam Tea Advent 2018

Day 11 – Siam Tea Advent

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Hello Tea Friends!

Welcome to day 11, almost half way there.

Today’s tea is…

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Ancient Tree Moonlight White Tea

Ancient Tree White Moonlight Tea –  rare white tea specialty from Yunnan, China. Leaves and buds harvested with 1+1 picking standard during full moon in March/April each year from over 400 years old Yunnan tea trees, processed according to a centuries-old family tradition. Tastewise, White Moonlight Tea combines the the characteristics of Bai Mu Dan / White Peony teas with the typical richness and depth of wild and/or biodiversely cultivated teas.

A tea I’m familiar with and tend to prefer in cake form. Probably because they tend to be blended with various flowers and herbs.

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The leaves are completely covered in hairs and have a super high shine. They feel silky and soft. Scent wise they are soft, floral and sweet. Real peony and sweet pea notes.

Steeping Parameters: 5g leaf, 200ml vessel, 80C water

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First Steep: 2 minutes 

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These leaves are so fragrant and beautiful. As soon as the water touches them they burst into life and fill my nostrils with a combination of flowers, wood, nut and sweet malt.

The liquid is very pale yellow and has a very subtle, floral scent.

Flavour is subtle but clean tasting with a sweet and floral scent, plus a touch of dryness in the after taste.

Buttery too as it cools a little, very easy to drink.

Second Steep: 3 minutes

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Even more subtle but it remains sweet with a hint of flowers and a touch of dryness. More nutty in this steep.

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A beautiful white tea, so floral and pure tasting. I’ve even been known to eat this tea raw! It has a satisfying crunch 😀

Join me tomorrow for another tea and see what day 12 will bring.

Happy Steeping!

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