Moonlight white tea with snow chrysanthemum flowers, the orange ones that as of late, I’ve realized can be a polarizing flavor due to pickle perception.

I’m not going to lie about what the dry leaf smells like. It’s stinky — perfume, stale urine and dill. Care to read further? Stewed in my work thermos with water off-boil, the tea is fantastic. Brilliant orange-red with a strong aroma. Aging white tea taste with a hearty melding of the snow chrysanthemum taste. Medicinal, savory, sweet, thick, tannic, tangy and tingly; tangelo, hay, forest floor, Demerara sugar, white florals, pastries, minty cooling, black pepper, ginger and yes, I finally taste the dill pickle, quite strongly actually.

More, please.

Flavors: Black Pepper, Brown Sugar, Citrus, Citrusy, Dill, Floral, Flowers, Forest Floor, Ginger, Hot Hay, Malt, Medicinal, Mineral, Mint, Pastries, Perfume, Sweet, Tangy, Tannin, Thick, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 3 g 20 OZ / 591 ML
Martin Bednář

That aroma doesn’t sound good, but the result sounds great.

White Antlers

I remember when WPT was carrying this. Many folks who purchased complained about the dill smell/taste. I think I tried a sample; the toilet paper-iness of the chrysanthemums and the negative associations I had with them from acupuncture/TCM made this a no drinker for me. So glad it worked for you, derk.

derk

A small amount will be heading your way, Martin.

White Antlers, I can see how this would be jarring to people not expecting such a flavor! The pale yellow chrysanthemum is not something I care for at all, but these orange ones… something soothing about them. Thanks for passing this one on. I did really enjoy it.

Roswell Strange

Haha, I’m with you Derk – Snow Chrysanthemum is one of my favourite straight herbs, and I adore them in this tea. Didn’t realize how polarizing they were until recently though.

tea-sipper

Oops, my fault on the pickle note! Hopefully some people actually like the flavor, now that I have pointed it out. haha

White Antlers

tea-sipper Don’t blame yourself. So many people got that dill note, not just Steepster-ites but folks who reviewed the tea on the WPT site, I’m surprised WPT didn’t rename the tea-maybe Pickle Sonata.

tea-sipper

haha. okay. I hadn’t seen any WPT reviews. Just as long as I’m not the sole ruiner!

Roswell Strange

tea-sipper I taste the dill in it too; it’s just a positive for me ;)

tea-sipper

Ros – that’s good that you enjoy it anyway!I think you also noticed the dill before I did anyway. haha

derk

Oh cool, I can see my notices now. Time to catch up on comments.

tea-sipper: annie (Where have you been annie?) also says pickles regarding the buds. And yeah, there’s a whole posse of dill or pickle proclaimers hiding in the 3 pages of reviews here for Moonlight Sonata.

If this were pressed again, I’d buy a cake for sure.

tea-sipper

OH okay. I didn’t see any other notes for this tea. I thought it was my other note recently about another Chrysanthemum tea that did it.

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Martin Bednář

That aroma doesn’t sound good, but the result sounds great.

White Antlers

I remember when WPT was carrying this. Many folks who purchased complained about the dill smell/taste. I think I tried a sample; the toilet paper-iness of the chrysanthemums and the negative associations I had with them from acupuncture/TCM made this a no drinker for me. So glad it worked for you, derk.

derk

A small amount will be heading your way, Martin.

White Antlers, I can see how this would be jarring to people not expecting such a flavor! The pale yellow chrysanthemum is not something I care for at all, but these orange ones… something soothing about them. Thanks for passing this one on. I did really enjoy it.

Roswell Strange

Haha, I’m with you Derk – Snow Chrysanthemum is one of my favourite straight herbs, and I adore them in this tea. Didn’t realize how polarizing they were until recently though.

tea-sipper

Oops, my fault on the pickle note! Hopefully some people actually like the flavor, now that I have pointed it out. haha

White Antlers

tea-sipper Don’t blame yourself. So many people got that dill note, not just Steepster-ites but folks who reviewed the tea on the WPT site, I’m surprised WPT didn’t rename the tea-maybe Pickle Sonata.

tea-sipper

haha. okay. I hadn’t seen any WPT reviews. Just as long as I’m not the sole ruiner!

Roswell Strange

tea-sipper I taste the dill in it too; it’s just a positive for me ;)

tea-sipper

Ros – that’s good that you enjoy it anyway!I think you also noticed the dill before I did anyway. haha

derk

Oh cool, I can see my notices now. Time to catch up on comments.

tea-sipper: annie (Where have you been annie?) also says pickles regarding the buds. And yeah, there’s a whole posse of dill or pickle proclaimers hiding in the 3 pages of reviews here for Moonlight Sonata.

If this were pressed again, I’d buy a cake for sure.

tea-sipper

OH okay. I didn’t see any other notes for this tea. I thought it was my other note recently about another Chrysanthemum tea that did it.

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Tea became a hobby and my daily drink of choice some time late in the last decade. My introduction to loose leaf came in the form of dumpster-dived Wuyi oolong packets that somebody left upon moving out of an apartment building. From there, my palate expanded to teas from across China and the world. I used to focus more on taste and still harbor the habit, but after trying sheng pu’er, I tend to focus more on how a tea feels in my body. Does it complement my constitution? Does it change my mood or does it enhance my current mindstate? While I may not mention those effects in tea notes, it is what I value most. Flavored teas are not a favorite but I do drink them intermittently.

In terms of who I am, you could consider me a jill of all trades. Specialty is not my strength, as can be seen in the spread of my tea notes. I might have attention issues. One thing I will always love is riding a bicycle.

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