Yubai's Moonlight White Tea (Yunnan Top Choice)

Tea type
White Tea
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Flavors
Honey, Malt, Sweet, Grass, Hay, Spinach, Vegetal
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Caffeine
Low
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160 °F / 71 °C 5 min, 30 sec 11 oz / 325 ml

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  • “Full disclosure, white teas typically aren’t really high up on my list as far as teas are concerned. I usually gravitate towards the dark side. I bought a sampler from Beautiful Taiwan and received...” Read full tasting note
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  • “I am pretty sure my beautiful half moon double tailed Betta (you know, Jace Beleren, because Magic references are fun) is actually a reincarnation of one of my old Bettas. When I first got him is...” Read full tasting note
  • “Wow another winner from Beautiful Taiwan! This white is extremely creamy and malty, with hints of hay. There is a nutty note too. Super thick and mouth coating liquor. Resteeps very well. Not sure...” Read full tasting note
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  • “This one has a grassy scent and taste to it. Like dried grass. I’ll be honest, I might be more in love with the name and story than the flavor. That’s not me saying I don’t like this tea. Just...” Read full tasting note
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From Beautiful Taiwan Tea Company

Grown by Yubai and left to bask in the moonlight for a full night before packing. White teas require low water temps!

White teas are very minimally processed tea. It’s even more lightly oxidized than a green tea. This tea is air dried and left overnight to bask in the moonlight by the Yu family on Jing Mai Mountain in Yunnan Province.

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257 tasting notes

Full disclosure, white teas typically aren’t really high up on my list as far as teas are concerned. I usually gravitate towards the dark side. I bought a sampler from Beautiful Taiwan and received this tea in said sampler. Tonight, I wanted a lighter tea before bed.

I must say that I am thoroughly impressed with this tea. The dry leaf smell is playful and inviting. Bright and fragrant. As the tea was steeping, I stuck my nose over the steam. The scent immediately had me excited for what could come out of the teapot. It was sweet and had a fullness to it.

The first sip revealed much of the same. It has a much stronger flavor profile than any white I have ever experienced (which, admittedly, isn’t a whole bunch since I tend not to prefer them). There is a rich sweetness that coats the mouth. But more than that, there was a malty-ness to it that reminded me of a high quality black tea. And maybe this is why I am enjoying this tea so much. It doesn’t remind me of a soft dainty white tea. It is rich, sweet, and malty without being heavy or bitter.

If you can’t tell, I recommend this tea. It is the first white that I have thought to myself, “I should buy more of this.”

Flavors: Honey, Malt, Sweet

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I am pretty sure my beautiful half moon double tailed Betta (you know, Jace Beleren, because Magic references are fun) is actually a reincarnation of one of my old Bettas. When I first got him is was vibrantly blue and white with a few black spots, he has gotten darker, he is mostly dark blue with black speckles and he is dichroic. A trait in gemstones, Tanzanite and Alexandrite being famous ones, that when viewed from different angles or types of light appear different colors. It is pretty awesome, when Jace is near the top of the tank, his reflection is vibrantly teal (he matches my hair) which makes him the exact inverse of my fish Dichro, yep named for his dichroic property. These two are the only Bettas I have had that have this interesting property…now if he will stop teasing me and let me get a photo!

So today’s tea is a fluffy leafed favorite of mine, Moonlight White Tea, from Beautiful Taiwan Tea Company. Ah Moonlight White (or Yue Guang Bai) you are a tea that causes many debates, White Tea? Puerh Tea? Some epic mix of both…probably, see it is from Yunnan and is of the large leaf Assamica varietal, same as Puerh, you can compress and age it like a Puerh, it is only lightly withered but unlike a Maocha which is withered under the sun it is withered under the moon. Or so the legend goes, I also see that this tea is named Moonlight because of its silvery leaves and it is withered in a warm air tunnel. Regardless of what category this fuzzy beauty fits it, it is time for sniffing. The aroma of this pile of fluff (really, I do love fluffy and fuzzy teas, I think I have a fixation, or I just really love leaves) starts off with gentle notes of sweet honey and hay with a touch of wildflowers and pollen. This moves to gentle yeasty bread, honeydew melons, and a touch of lettuce and cucumber at the finish adding a bit of green. I really like how it goes on a little journey through sweet, floral, fruity, and green.

I decided to use my green easy gaiwan/pseudo-houhin for this one, I just love using this wide thing for fluffy leaves. The aroma of the now steeped leaves is strong with notes of sweet hay, raw honey, pollen, wildflowers, and a touch of cucumber, baked bread, and just a tiny little hint of black pepper at the finish. The liquid is delicately sweet, like pollen, wildflowers, honey, and just a tiny hint of lettuce at the finish.

The first steep, in my fancy clear crystal glass, I am so posh. It starts out nice and smooth, with a slight tinge of fuzziness from the trichomes. The taste is quite sweet, like honey and hay with a definite pollen and wildflowers note to it. The finish is gently green with a tiny touch of malt and a lingering sweetness.

And on we go to the second steep, the aroma is a sweet blend of wildflowers, raw honey, and pollen, with just a touch of melon at the finish. The taste is a lot more intense this steep (which makes sense) really making the pollen and wildflower notes pop, I feel like there is a bee’s paradise in my mouth. The finish is honey sweet and gently cooling, and that honey lingers for a while.

The third steeping’s aroma is much sweeter, like I stuck my nose in a jar of raw honey, you can certainly still smell the pollen, but it is all sweetness all the time. The mouthfeel is a lot more round this steeping, almost silky in its smoothness. Tasting it, well, I am awash with the sweet honey taste and gentle wildflowers, for all that this tea is moonlight it tastes like sunlight to me. The finish has a cooling cucumber note and a lingering honey one that seems to linger on forever. Many steeps were had, I got a bit tea drunk off this one…ok a lot, I found it an excellent painting companion.

For blog and photos: http://ramblingbutterflythoughts.blogspot.com/2015/10/beautiful-taiwan-tea-company-moonlight.html

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1113 tasting notes

Wow another winner from Beautiful Taiwan!

This white is extremely creamy and malty, with hints of hay. There is a nutty note too. Super thick and mouth coating liquor. Resteeps very well. Not sure I’ve ever had a white tea this addictive! Each steep became sweeter than the last. Charming tea :)

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This one has a grassy scent and taste to it. Like dried grass. I’ll be honest, I might be more in love with the name and story than the flavor. That’s not me saying I don’t like this tea. Just that I love the idea of drinking a tea steeped in moonlight for a night before being packaged. It just makes it seem that much more spiritual and meditative. And I think this would make a good meditation tea.

There is the slightest hint of sweetness to this in the aftertaste, turning the grassy, spinachy flavor a little more hay-like. That probably comes a bit from steeping it at such a low temperature. I’m not getting any stringency or bitterness

I do like this white tea, although I usually prefer more flavored whites. But this is a very nice “pure white tea” flavor.

Flavors: Grass, Hay, Spinach, Vegetal

Preparation
145 °F / 62 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Dexter

I’ve been exporing moonlight teas recently and I thought my favorite steep temp was 80C. Today a friend suggested boiling water and flash steep time. The one I’m drinking tonight is really good with this application. I haven’t tried the one you were reviewing, but thought you might find it interesting. :))

Magycmyste

Interesting! I’ve done white teas in boiling water (they tend to turn bitter, like green – I don’t mind it, but I usually prefer it at the lower temperature), but I don’t think I’ve tried flash steeping it (I have a tendency to oversteep than understeep). Thanks, I’ll try it next time!

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