This is a White Moonlight, which is a type of white tea made with a different cultivar than usual called Camellia Taliensis. The processing is also quite different from your average white tea; and thus creates a very different tasting profile compared to many white teas from Fujian. Although it has many similar characteristics to Yunnan-made white teas, the tea has its own sticky, citric and sort of medicinal character that is unique to this tea. Some argue that this is a pu erh, and some say its a white tea. However, I am no expert so I have no free will to comment on this. The most important aspect to any tea is the actual experience and the taste.
This tea was made by White2tea, and they mainly sell Puerhs, but also deal with White, Oolong and Black teas.
Basic info about this special tea:
- 2018 White Moonlight (Yue Guang Bai) Tea
- Camellia Taliensis
- From Yunnan, China.
Temperature ( 90 degrees celsius)
Brewing Vessel (100 ml Jingdezhen gaiwan)
Grams of Leaves ( 7 grams)
Steeping Time ( less than 5 seconds per infusion, and every infusions increasing the time by 5 to 15 seconds depending on infusion)
Number of Total Steepings: Over 13 strong infusions.
Aroma of Dry Leaves: Sour apple, apricot smell with some creaminess
Aroma of Wet Leaves: Rich, deeper honey, some spiciness, smell of cold patches; like root beer. But not very very strong root beer smell, only a hint. Vanilla as well. (Sorry to all root beer fans;(
Taste Profile: See Below
Texture Profile: Different with every brew
Feeling/Aftertaste: relaxing and very natural. Spicy and slightly medicinal aftertaste.
Price: 35 dollars/200 grams
Rating 7 out of 10.
First to Third infusions : Light, sweet, warming. Notes of hay, apricot, but not much else going on. Mostly focused on the texture and mouthfeel. The finish especially on the third brew is quite drying.
Fourth to Seventh infusion: Richer, and more texture, medium to medium thick body. Taste of medicinal honey, apricots, and the classic Yunnan white tea taste. But, the finish is still dry. Cooling gan sensation on both sides of my mouth, and back of my throat. Every infusion is very consistent, and you can push this tea without getting bitter. Slightly astringent, which makes you want more.
Eighth to Tenth Infusions : Soft, silky tofu with honey and almonds. Nuttiness coming out.
Eleventh to Thirteenth Infusions: Acidic, soft, velvety, and super easy drinking. But, no more tea taste.
This tea is a good, daily drinker. Price to quality ratio is very fair, and I am excited to see the progression this tea will take over the years as it ages. Aged White Moonlight should give more oomph and more character to satisfy the senses. Nothing crazy in this tea, a very good easy drinker that is soft on the pallet. I am also curious to see the outcome of this tea; cold brewed. The higher notes of the tea should reveal better that way, and not much of the astringency should reveal. This tea is ideal for people that are not very comfortable to spend a huge amount on tea and like teas that aren’t too strong yet still has a distinctive quality but want something nice and solid in their collection to drink daily.
Basic Info about this Tea From Fujian China White Peony: One bud one leaf ratio white Tea Brewing Parameters Temperature (95 degrees celsius) Brewing Vessel (My yellow hand painted Jingdezhen Gaiwan, 100ml) Grams of Leaves ( 5 grams) Steeping Time ( less than 3 seconds per infusion, increasing by 10 seconds after the third infusion) Main Info Number of Total Steeps (6 good ones) Aroma of Dry Leaves ( plumy, vegital, and quite heavy ) Aroma of Wet Leaves ( wet, leather, and like a Puerh) Taste Profile ( See paragraphs below ) Texture Profile ( smooth and silky, some astringency from the first to third brew) Feeling/ Aftertaste ( cooling, but the tea seems to get stuck near the throat) Attitude Ranking: 6.5/10
When I initially received this tea, the tea was inside a foil bag. Like the metallic bags, but I took the tea out and placed it into a plastic bag a few days after. The tea definitely does have a lot of dust, and that was probably why the tea released it’s juices so fast. I have no previous information on the terrior, the year of picking and processing, and other facts that usually are important to analyze as well. That even said, the tea still was something enjoyable and refreshing but not my type of tea that I would enjoy everyday.
The first infusion was dark and strong, producing a slightly astringent brew. The flavor is mild, and not as powerful as I wanted it to be. The fragrance isn’t bad, but it’s just too light. The body feels lighter than expected, despite the heavy colour. I was tasting some nuttiness but with a earthy overtone, accompanied with plums and grass. The taste did have some of the character that I associate with baimudan, but not as obvious. I almost thought it must be aged because of the colour. Man, it was so dark and quite weird! The apperance fooled me.
The second and third infusions has a very pleasant cooling effect around the sides of my tongue. But, it gets dry very quickly and the flavor of the very natural, sweet, white tea taste dissipates. I don’t quite understand the reasoning behind this.
The fourth and fifth infusions was probably the best ones out of all six. Flavor was milder, and less astringent. Calm and cool, the tea wasn’t as weird as the first and second brew. By the sixth infusion, the tea died down quite a while, and took almost 5 minutes to brew to the normal strength I like. Some honey notes, grape notes, but not as pure as a baimudan I tried before.
Teaheads, what could’ve I done wrong? Was it because I stored in inside a plastic bag for two weeks? Could it be that I dried out the tea? Maybe so. If I dried the tea out, I learned a good lesson today. Don’t move your teas into many storage areas, and keep it clean, dry, and out of light. It is maybe because I left the tea on my display that faces light and the tea absorbed some unwanted characteristics? This was a very good experiment on how storage affects your brew. The tea is alive, and will react to the environment quite constantly. You are able to see that the colour is abnormally dark and red for a relatively new white tea. Anyhow, was a great session to see and think about what could’ve went wrong. A cup of tea is always a reflection of the causes that was created!
The reason I gave this tea a 6.5 was because for me, this tea was kind of strange. The flavors were nice but not what I was expecting. Also, the tea didn’t last as long as what I wished, and so that’s why I am giving it a 6.5. I love The Best Tea House nonetheless, and more amazing BTH teas to come!