Ancient Tree White Moonlight Tea
€8,70 – €26,90
Ancient Tree White Moonlight Tea – rare white tea specialty from Yunnan, China. The tea is picked with 1+2 picking standard during full moon periods in March/April each year from natural-grown ancient tea trees and processed according to a centuries-old family tradition. In terms of taste, White Moonlight Tea combines the elegance of a white tea whith a high share of buds with the wealth and depth of natural-grown ancient tea trees.
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White Moonlight White Tea
Ancient Tree White Moonlight Tea is a rare and highly distinctive white tea specialty from Yunnan, China. There, producing white tea from native tea trees is a genuine local tradition. This is because here, at the “cradle of the tea tree”, those large-leaved tea tree varieties have been thriving since ancient times. As the processing category indicates, there are parallels to the white tea from Fujian’s fuding region. One of these parallels is the category-defining white tea processing method. Another is the quality grading based on the picking standard or the leaf-to-bud ratio resulting from it. Accordingly, Yunnan’s White Moonlight Tea is comparable to a Pai Mu Tan/White Peony from Fujian’s Fuding region. However, as opposed to White Moonlight tea Fujian white tea comes from the Fuding-native small-leaf “Da Bai” tea plant variety.
Our Ancient Tree White Moonlight White Tea
Tea Master Zhang Tian’s family from Jingu in Yunnan has been picking and processing wild tea for countless generations. Their property hosts a population of natural-grown tea trees, the oldest of these are about 800 years old today. The skill required for the delicate handpicking and processing of Moonlight White Tea has been developed and passed on from one generation to another for hundreds of years in the Zhang family.
White Moonlight Tea has its name on the one side from the buds’ and leaves’ unique shape and color. On the one hand, it refers to the distinct crescent shape of the white Moonlight tea bud, making it look like a crescent moon. On the other hand, it reflects the characteristic color pattern of the White Moonlight tea leaves. These, namely, are white on the top side and black on their back. At this, the comparison to the moon, whose one side is lit by the sun, while the other one is dark, is rather obvious.
Picking and Processing
The time window for picking Ancient Tree White Moonlight Tea opens during March and April every year. This is the time when the tea trees start to sprout their first buds and tender leaves. However, even within this period, only the full moon phases are ideal for picking white moonlight tea. Because the centuries of experience with cultivating and processing this tea teaches the producer that the tea plant pushes its active ingredients and flavorings into the tips of the branches and thus the youngest buds and top leaves of the plant during full moon with particular force. The cool spring temperatures and the resulting slow growth of the tea leaves and buds further contribute to the development of taste and aroma through a particularly high concentration of active ingredients.
The picking standard of our Ancient Tree White Moonlight Tea is 1 + 2. This means only one of the silky-smooth, downy, silver-white buds each together with 2 adjacent leaves qualify for picking. The result is one of the most precious and extraordinary specialties the world of white tea has to offer. Since the climatic conditions allow for adequate withering and drying in early spring ony, the processing of this tea, which involves a sensitive air drying process, is also tied to this time of the year
Taste and Aroma
The leaves portion adds a similarly rich and complex foreground to the characteristic subtle, elegant and gentle flavor of the young buds – the latter rather coming in „through the backdoor“, metaphorically speaking – to combine both components to an unparalleled allover result that comprehensively takes possession of one’s taste sphere right from the very first sip immediately. It is especially the pronounced, broadly facetted and complex nutty flavors that distince this tea from a White Peony. To this adds the characteristic “Qi” of natural-grown ancient tea trees, generally producing a clearer felt, more intense, but nevertheless pleasant and balanced effect on the human body.
Health Aspects of White Tea
White tea is known for its antioxidant and cooling effects on the human body. In addition to strengthening the ability to concentrate and mood-enhancing effects, it also allegedly has positive effects on eye function, a strengthening effect on the immune system and general invigorating properties.
First pour 5-6g of tea leaves with 200ml of hot water at a temperature of 90°C (boiling hot after calming). Then let steep for 2-3 minutes for a delicious 1st infusion. After that, the tea produces several more tasty steeps with the same infusion temperature and period. Like other white teas, Ancient Tree White Moonlight White Tea is well suitable for cold infusions and/or iced tea, too.
25g, 50g, 100g