Hello Tea Friends!
Welcome to day 11, almost half way there.
Today’s tea is…
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.
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
First Steep: 2 minutes
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
Even more subtle but it remains sweet with a hint of flowers and a touch of dryness. More nutty in this steep.
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.