Yue Guang Bai "Silver Moonlight" ECO
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The flavors in the tea are well balanced and lean towards sweet and woody tones. There are fruity and floral aspects to the flavor reminiscent of cherry blossom.
A fascinating white tea made from ancient tea trees in Jinggu, Yunnan Province. The tea trees are around 100 years old and are probably of the species Camellia Taliensis which makes it a very unique tea as 99.9% of teas today are made from different species of Camellia Sinensis.
There are many stories about this tea and its name “Yue Guang Bai”, which translates to “White Moonlight”. Most likely due to the appearance of the dried leaves, which are silvery and dark. Some say that the tea is picked at night and the leaves never see sunlight, others say that the tea is picked during the day but dried indoors and in dim light.
This batch of Yue Guang Bai White Moonlight white tea was picked in mid-spring 2020. The leaves have been carefully processed by hand, resulting in a beautiful blend of silvery buds and larger dark leaves – the result of the oxidation process while sun-dried.
Compared to other Yunnan Silver Needle teas, Yue Guang Bai White Moonlight is a much fuller tea. This is the direct result of using not only the buds but also one or two of the youngest tea leaves next to the bud. The flavors in the tea are well balanced and lean towards sweet and woody notes. There are fruity and floral aspects to the flavor reminiscent of cherry blossom.