Yue Guang Bai "Moonlight White" White Tea Dragon Ball

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White Tea
White Tea Leaves
Beeswax, Butter, Cream, Dates, Eucalyptus, Honey, Malt, Melon, Nectar, Powdered Sugar, Smooth, Sweet, Tobacco, Vanilla, Yams, Bitter, Floral, Fruity, Spices, Chicken Soup, Honeysuckle, Perfume, Almond, Earth, Grass, Hay, Lemon Zest, Marshmallow, Mineral, Oats, Pine, Raisins, Straw, Sugar, Toast, Wheat, Plum
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200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 45 sec 7 g 5 oz / 145 ml

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This is a special tea made from Yunnan Large Leaf varietal tea in Jinggu. The tea is picked in spring season, wilted slightly and then dried with warm wind tunneled through the tea until it is dry. The tea shares a somewhat similar look and taste with white tea when it is young but over time will develop into something closer to red tea (hongcha).

The taste is sweet and thick with malty tones and the tea can be brewed 7 or 8 times before losing its flavor. Production period: Late March 2016

These Dragon Balls were made by my mother- in-law and father-in-law. They make them in their spare time. They use little pieces of cotton to compress them instead of saran wrap. Saran wrap compression is the most common method because it’s faster, but it causes off gassing into the tea since the tea must be steamed to soften and is very hot. We use cotton, which is safe.

Dragon balls are great because they are perfect single brewing servings, and because the leaves fare much better during transport and storage compared to loose leaf form, which tend to break apart causing the brewed tea to be overly astringent and/or bitter and detracts from overall look of the brewed leaves!

50% of the profits from the sales of these Dragon Balls will go directly to my father/mother-in-law. We will give them the money as a red packet during Chinese New Year, since they won’t accept money directly from my wife or I. Most likely they will put most of it in the bank for their retirement!

Each Dragon Ball is roughly 8 grams of tea (+/- 0.5 grams)

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1305 tasting notes

A note to say goodbye. I was going to try to hang onto these for a long time but I didn’t have the patience. An inattentive mind can be a virtue.

After 3 years, I don’t think there’s been much change. Still a good tea. It is lower toned than when fresh. Nectar-silky body with clean, delicate tones of creamed honey, tobacco-malt-yam, melon, dates, cream and butter, eucalyptus cool. Probably more aromatic than flavorful, which in the nose, it also has a Cabbage Patch doll baby powder-powdered sugar-soft vanilla scent that I get in Yunnan white teas. Such a unique note.

These dragon balls were formed too tightly to unfurl on their own. Good tea to grandpa if you can pull the leaf apart.

Flavors: Beeswax, Butter, Cream, Dates, Eucalyptus, Honey, Malt, Melon, Nectar, Powdered Sugar, Smooth, Sweet, Tobacco, Vanilla, Yams

200 °F / 93 °C

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Glad I just bought one, i found it unchanging and one dimensional. Sweet and spicy, cappable of some bitterness (i liked the bitter potential). Ball was VERY tightly compressed. Would make great iced tea. Standard yunnan white taste.

Flavors: Bitter, Floral, Fruity, Spices

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8 tasting notes

Dragon Ball
Aroma: Nearly nothing while in dry dragon ball formation
Aroma: Sugarcane, spinach (wet)
Color: Clear green
First steep: Not much give, pretty much still hot water, some floral hints
Second steep: delicate, fresh, spinach
Third steep: color gets light yellow color, vegetable

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11 tasting notes

smell: sweet, honey, sugar like.
first steeping: color was extremely light. sweet taste. vanilla

200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 45 sec 5 g 7 OZ / 200 ML

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1045 tasting notes

I’m still catching up on all of the backlogged reviews. I kind of can’t believe it has taken me so long to even make it this far. I drank this tea nearly two weeks ago. Fortunately, I took extremely detailed session notes. That makes things easier. Regarding this tea, I found it to be a very good, very solid white tea.

I prepared this tea gongfu style. After a brief rinse (about 10 seconds), I allowed the tea to rest for several minutes and then steeped the entire dragon ball in 5 ounces of 195 F water for 10 seconds. This infusion was chased by 16 additional infusions. Steep times for these infusions were as follows: 12 seconds, 15 seconds, 20 seconds, 25 seconds, 30 seconds, 40 seconds, 50 seconds, 1 minute, 1 minute 15 seconds, 1 minute 30 seconds, 2 minutes, 3 minutes, 5 minutes, 7 minutes, 10 minutes, and 15 minutes.

Prior to the rinse, the dry tea ball produced aromas of grass, hay, and lemon zest underscored by a subtle eucalyptus presence. After the rinse, I found new aromas of oats, cream, and straw. The aroma of the first proper infusion was more or less identical. In the mouth, I found fleeting, vague impressions of oats, cream, butter, hay, grass, and straw backed by even subtler touches of lemon zest, earth, and dried fruit. Oddly, there was no eucalyptus presence in the mouth. Subsequent infusions saw the eucalyptus appear in the mouth, as well as the emergence of powdered sugar, vanilla, marshmallow, date, golden raisin, malt, almond, wheat toast, honey, chamomile, and mineral impressions on the nose and in the mouth. The later infusions emphasized mineral, malt, wheat toast, honey, hay, cream, oat, butter, almond, and golden raisin impressions. I also thought I caught a hint of pine here and there as well.

Yunnan Sourcing stated that these dragon balls could be brewed all the way through 7 or 8 times, and quite frankly, that does not surprise me. My experience with this tea starting with flash steeps suggested that it had considerable longevity. Hindsight being 20/20, I should have started with a longer first infusion and spaced the subsequent infusions out more, as it took the dragon ball forever to loosen and separate and for the tea’s aromas and flavors to emerge at their strongest and most fully developed. While I greatly respected this tea’s complexity and longevity, I do have to knock it somewhat as I found that it became a little bitter and astringent on some of the longer infusions late in the session. It was a nice tea and I would recommend it to anyone considering giving it a shot, but honestly, it was not the best moonlight white tea I have had to this point.

Flavors: Almond, Butter, Cream, Dates, Earth, Eucalyptus, Floral, Grass, Hay, Honey, Lemon Zest, Malt, Marshmallow, Mineral, Oats, Pine, Raisins, Straw, Sugar, Toast, Wheat

195 °F / 90 °C 8 g 5 OZ / 147 ML
Daylon R Thomas

Moonlights are so easy to drink.

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358 tasting notes

Grabbed a few balls of this with my last YS order and started one yesterday during a meeting and am continuing on with it today. YGB is my favorite white tea at this moment, so I was excited to try this.

Liquor steeps out to a nice golden color and the flavor seems more like a silver needle than most of the YGB I’ve tried initially. Notes of hay and straw with a light sweet finish. Coming back to this tea today, it has morphed a bit (I love coming back to white teas a day later) and developed a bit more depth behind those notes of hay, with a more distinct honeyed finish a floral fragrance and a hint of malt. I think I will probably store and wait a while before trying one of these again.

It’s easy to drink and very convenient, but I think it needs some more time to become as good as it probably can!

Flavors: Floral, Hay, Honey, Straw, Sweet

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485 tasting notes

This is the first “Moonlight White” tea that I’ve tried. I was pretty impressed with it! It reminded me of Silver Needle mixed with a slightly age white. I don’t like Silver Needle a whole lot, but this basically tasted like Silver Needle if Silver Needle was a tea that I enjoyed. Silver Needle – There, didn’t think I’d said Silver Needle enough in a review that’s not actually about Silver Needle.

I didn’t take super detailed notes about this, as I was drinking it while preparing to hand out candy to little children while dressed as a wizard. I got notes of straw along with some bassy fruit notes and a bit of malt and honey. I’d say the fruit is probably plummy, but it wasn’t particularly strong. This tea brewed up quite thick, in part I am sure because I used the whole 8g ball in my 100mL gaiwan. So now I know that Yue Guang Bai is good! Maybe I’ll pick some up next time I order from Yunnan Sourcing or elsewhere – I wonder how it would age.

Flavors: Honey, Malt, Plum, Straw

Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

You should try sample of the Bai cake they sell. I quite liked it, had some sheng-like menthol iirc


Hmm, that sounds interesting. I’ll have to check it out, thanks!

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11 tasting notes

These dragon balls are awesome. They are like cute fuzzy tea creatures that roll around in a gaiwan like a beach ball in the water… poked at it with my chopstick in an attempt to break it up, but they are so incredibly dense I just ended letting it sit there and do its thing for a while. It looks like a wild wooly sea monster unfurling in the water. In fact I transferred it into glass rather than my ceramic gaiwan so I could observe the process. Now with regards to flavor . . .
I could just smell this tea all day and be happy. The taste is equally enjoyable. There is hardly any bitterness or astringency that I’ve experienced, and perhaps shorter steeps make sure of this. It is very sweet, and bright, but with a fullness and depth to the flavor that keeps it savorable and interesting . Smooth and soft feel. Its really amazing how much tea is in one of these little dragon balls. Even after many steepings there were leaves at the center that seemed basically untouched… once again, I went investigating with a chopstick. Highly recommended. Lovely tea to begin with, and the shape adds another dimension to the drinking experience that I find quite enjoyable.

Flavors: Floral, Malt, Smooth, Sweet

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 8 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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