2015 Moonlight Sonata

Tea type
White Tea
Ingredients
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Flavors
Bamboo, Bok Choy, Cherry Wood, Corn Husk, Dill, Grain, Honey, Mineral, Musty, Osmanthus, Tannin, Tea, Vegetal, Wheat, Dandelion, Dry Grass, Herbs, Medicinal, Floral, Sweet, Thick, Clay, Dirt, Flowers, Grass, Spices, Orange Blossom, Bitter, Hay, Malt, Pine, Wood, Spicy, Smooth, Creamy, Citrus, Grapefruit, Peppercorn, Tart, Vinegar, White Grapes, Herbaceous, Tangy
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Average preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 30 sec 5 g 7 oz / 195 ml

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  • “What a lovely tea! First of all the tea cake is gorgeous, you almost don’t want to chisel through. The initial aroma gave me hints of citrus and spice. The soup started out a beautiful golden and...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Just realized that, without meaning to, I’ve basically been “checking in” on this tea yearly – and now I’ve got a pretty cool record of the flavour progression. Only thing is that I seem to have...” Read full tasting note
    85
  • “This is a really old sipdown with a sample I got from JK7Ray over on reddit. I rinsed this 15 seconds in cold water just because its been at the bottom of my bag for a while and I didn’t know what...” Read full tasting note
    80
  • “This tea tastes like spring. There are happy, bright flowers. There’s honey and citrus. Maybe there are some orange blossoms. Floral is the main descriptor though. Good tea, but not my thing. I’m...” Read full tasting note
    82

From Whispering Pines Tea Company

Flavor wise, the best way to describe Moonlight Sonata is smooth, sweet, spiced honey drizzled into fresh white grape juice and infused with springtime wildflowers and a touch of tangerine. These 100g cakes consist of moonlight white tea and snow chrysanthemum flowers, both from spring 2015. They are ageable and will develop deeper, more malty base notes over the next decade, eventually tasting like a mix between an oolong and black!

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4 tasting notes

What a lovely tea! First of all the tea cake is gorgeous, you almost don’t want to chisel through. The initial aroma gave me hints of citrus and spice. The soup started out a beautiful golden and with each steep making its way to an amber. I started my steeps and progressed as follows:
1: 20 sec @170F / 2: 20 sec @170F/ 3: 20 sec @170F/ 4: 20 sec @ 200F / 5: 30 sec @ 160F / 6: 1 minute @ 140F/ 7: 1 minute @ 140F

At the last steep I was loosing flavor…I am thinking I should have gone back up to a warmer temp to try and push it…which will be my note for the next sesh with this tea.

Overall, I loved this tea, it was very very delightful….although this m y first go around with this tea it left a very good impression on me. I plan to explore this more throughout the week.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 0 min, 30 sec 6 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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Just realized that, without meaning to, I’ve basically been “checking in” on this tea yearly – and now I’ve got a pretty cool record of the flavour progression. Only thing is that I seem to have brewed a different prep method each time… Oops…

Today’s cup was Grandpa Style at work; my general workplace steeping method ‘go to’. Definitely stronger notes coming from the florals – distinct chysanthemum, with orange-y undertones comparable to chenpi, as I’ve observed from other chrysanthemum teas as of late. Some of that same sort of dandelion profile; and malt/hay. This brewed thick, and strong – perhaps a touch stronger than I was desiring? Not a bad Grandpa contender; but I think I preferred this with other prep methods overall.

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2797 tasting notes

This is a really old sipdown with a sample I got from JK7Ray over on reddit.

I rinsed this 15 seconds in cold water just because its been at the bottom of my bag for a while and I didn’t know what scents it might have absorbed.

Brewed ~2-3 minutes in 600 mL of hottish water (half boiling water, half cold tap water). Once again I end up with a deep orange/amber brew that smells medicinal and fruity.

This is one of those teas where you describe what you taste and wonder why anyone would drink that (puerh drinkers get it). It does have a medicinal chrysanthemum flavour (might be osmanthus) and the white tea is light and slightly vegetal. I get an overwhelming flavour of dill and dry grass. It certainly seemed medicinal, like what you expect dry osmanthus and dill to taste like. There is only one flower and no dill, but that sums up the major flavours.

This is quite a unique tea and I do recommend people try it, but it isn’t something I’d buy/trade for again.

Flavors: Dandelion, Dill, Dry Grass, Herbs, Medicinal, Osmanthus, Vegetal

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 15 sec
hawkband1

I liked this so much a bought a 2nd cake! I get dill weed from this tea too (but I like it).

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239 tasting notes

This tea tastes like spring. There are happy, bright flowers. There’s honey and citrus. Maybe there are some orange blossoms.

Floral is the main descriptor though.

Good tea, but not my thing. I’m just not a fan of citrus.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
twinofmunin

the citrus is just so strong. i think i’d like this one a lot more with a bit less citrus.

Hoálatha

Yes! I think I would too.

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495 tasting notes

Backlog.
I used my new pu knife to break a chunk off this cake. It really smells of dill weed.
5g, 75ml gaiwan, 190F
Rinsed once. 20s/30/20×6/25/30/35/40/1m/1/2/5m
Long lasting tea. I eventually stopped when flavor started to fade, though my water was cooling off and I didn’t want to heat more.
Beginning steep was thick with dillweed and a slightly floral flavor. 2nd steep went a little longer and brought out savory and dillflower in addition to dillweed and thick mouthfeel. I didn’t like the savory taste, so I returned to 20s for a while.
Over the next 6 20s steeps, it returned to dillweed, but sweet. Mouth coating, thick and sweet aftertaste. Cause my mouth to tingle. Dill came out more in longer steeps. Faded toward end.
I liked this. Different but good. I’ve entertained getting another cake or two next time I order. 88

Flavors: Dill, Floral, Sweet, Thick

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Now, white tea and myself do not always understand one another. But when Super Starling! sent some of this my way, well, who was I to refuse?
So I brewed it up this morning, and boy, if this isn’t some good stuff. It had none of the muskiness that I can sometimes get from white teas, and a lot of really lovely, almost earthy flavor. I might be forgiven for thinking this was a black tea, for a split second. Its very rich, and I really enjoyed it this morning!

Super Starling!

Yay! I liked this one, too! :)

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206 tasting notes

This tea has flowers that you can watch open while you steep it. That’s really fun — and an inkling of what’s to come.

This is a super foresty and earthy blend. At first sip, I didn’t care for it. I was like “am I eating dandelions out of my front yard? Am I a rabbit?” (No. But I am a philistine.)

But as it’s cooled, I really like the deeper notes in here. It’s a claylike*, round taste that I appreciate.

*Disclaimer: I don’t eat a lot of clay, but it’s what I imagine clay would taste like. And, oddly, “clay” is a flavor you can pick below. So I am not the only person that’s like “it’s, you know, a pottery-in-progress kind of taste.”

As I approach the bottom of the cup, I’m really coming around. This isn’t something I would have picked out, but I’m glad I tried it.

I’m going to take this home and try steeping it before bed sometime. I think it would be a nice evening tea. As, I suppose, one would expect from something called “Moonlight Sonata.”

Flavors: Clay, Dandelion, Dirt, Flowers, Grass, Spices

Daylon R Thomas

That stuff actually keeps me up. Did you brew it Western or Gong Fu?

Super Starling!

Daylon, I think that my blood is mostly caffeine, so it’s a wash. I brewed it with a gravity steeper. I think that counts as Western style. I almost never re-steep.

Daylon R Thomas

Western to me is anything longer than two minutes with less than one tea spoon of leaves per eight ounces lol.

Super Starling!

I tend to over-leaf and over-steep for a super rich flavor, but yep, I’m Western style, basically.

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266 tasting notes

Gongfu brewed, Moonlight Sonata has a smooth sweet taste that is a cross between being floral and fruity. It also does very well with numerous infusions. All in all it makes an excellent light evening tea to drink at night.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C

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316 tasting notes

From the Sheng Olympics 2015.

Very unusual visually. There are bright orange bits that I’ve never seen in a non-flavored tea. Looking at the website, I discovered that they are flower petals. The tea has an unusual vegetative taste that came to taste like peppermint. It wasn’t unpleasant but didn’t really excite me. Part of the problem may have been that I thought I was drinking an unflavored tea. Not a lot of cha qi, but i did notice a bit of effect.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C

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100
5 tasting notes

“Honey Wildfire”

This tea brews a beautiful fiery amber colour and tastes of wild honey. Note: I tend to steep my tea for longer than specified, usually around 5 minutes. The sweet white tea is balanced by the floral notes of Snow Chrysanthemum Flowers. It seems to have a calming effect on me, much like chamomile tea.

The 100 g cake is a fantastic deal. Many of Brenden’s high quality teas can be a bit pricey, but this tea strikes a perfect balance between quality and economy. It is also beautiful to look at with beautiful orange, midnight blue and deep purple colours against a backdrop of silvery white tea.

Brenden’s beautiful description of this tea is what inspired me to sample his teas and I’m glad I did. Come to think of it, although the title of this post, “Honey Wildfire”, was meant to describe the colour and taste notes of the tea, it also melds beautifully with the description of Brenden’s love interest. She is Honey Wildfire.

5 Star.

Flavors: Floral, Honey, Orange Blossom

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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