Dhara White Moonlight White Tea – A Forest-Friendly White Tea from Northern Thailand
Forest-friendly white tea from Monsoon Teas’ “Dhara” line
The white tea from Monsoon Teas’ “Dhara” line is part of the specialist provider’s range of naturally cultivated teas. Therefore, Dhara White Moonlight White Tea first of all is a white tea from climate and forest-friendly cultivation. As such, it comes from “assamica” tea trees native to northern Thailand, thriving in their natural biodiverse environments. Originally, the production of white moonlight tea from assamica-type tea trees is a tea tradition of Yunnan. However, thanks to the region’s wealth of native tea trees and Monsoon Teas’ know-how input, we can now enjoy this jewel from natural cultivation in northern Thailand, too.
The picking of “White Moonlight” tea (picking standard 1+2) is limited to a few weeks each spring only. The tea derives its name from the distinctive shape and color of its leaves and buds. On the one hand, this refers to the characteristic crescent shape of the unopened buds. On the other hand, it refers to the special color pattern of the leaves. These show a light color on the front and a dark color on the back, like the moon, which is illuminated by the sun on one side, while the other side is in the dark.
As is typical for small tea producers in Northern Thailand, Dhara White Moonlight white tea is mainly processed by hand. This already starts with the picking. That is, the tea gardens are located in inaccessible terrain and are hardly recognizable as such due to their natural character. In addition, they are only reachable for the pickers through strenuous hours-long hiking treks through virtually untouched wilderness. Accordingly, the effort involved in picking is unequally high compared to conventional monoculture cultivation. In return, due to the highly diverse natural input in the (forest) soil and their deep-reaching roots, such “wild” teas are particularly rich in taste and active substancess. Accordingly, Dhara White Moonlight White Tea rewards tea drinkers with a potential for numerous infusions.
Dhara White Moonlight White Tea – Taste and Preparation
Dhara White Moonlight White tea suits western-style and Chinese gong-fu style brewing equally well. At this, the western approach means getting the most of your tea in a single or very few infusions. The gong fu preparation, however, distributes the release of the tea leaves’ active ingredients over a series of infusions …
For Western style preparation, pour 200ml of 90°C hot water over 5g Dhara White Moonlight white tea. Then let infuse for 2-3 minutes for a full-bodied first infusion of unusually dark, almost reddish color, characterized by complex fresh-fruity notes. In a second infusion of the same temperature and duration, initially subtly perceived nutty notes prevail over the initial fruitiness. And despite a slight loss of individuality, a third and fourth infusion of this tea still have a lot to offer.
For the preparation in Chinese Gong Fu style, we increase the dose to 4-5g / 100ml water. In turn, we choose a lower water temperature of 80°C and a shortened infusion period of 1/2-1 minute only for a first infusion. With the similar infusion periods, but the infusion temperature slightly rising from infusion to infusion, we receive a number of follow-up infusions, each showing a distinctly individual taste profile. While light, fresh-looking floral notes characterize the first infusions, nutty tastes will eventually start prevailing. Finally, when perceiving a loss of individuality in later infusions, you will still get astonishing results from this tea by increasing the infusion time.
Forest-Friendly Teas from Northern Thailand @ Siam Tea Shop
With the launch of its line of forest-friendly tea, Monsoon Tea, Northern Thailand, is setting new standards in the realm of eco-friendly tea cultivation. To this end, the concept focuses on tea from seed-grown tea trees, thriving in their natural environments as integral parts of a healthy intact ecosystem. In particular here, this means the subtropical rainforest that is typical for north Thailand in all its green biodiversity. “Tea gardens” in these terms are no longer tea gardens as we know them. Instead, they are natural to a degree that allows only the experienced botanist’s eye to recognize them as tea gardens at all.
tea gardens that are only recognizable as such for the experienced botanist’s eye…
At the same time, the project under the spiritual leadership of agro-ecology visionary Kenneth Rimdahl proves that delicious teas of all categories can be made from leaves of naturally growing tea trees. At this, he draws both on northern Thailand’s wealth of native wild tea trees and existing skills among local hill tribes. The spice in the soup, however, is combining these basics with China’s millennia-old knowledge and the most modern insights of tea processing. Because only where pure nature meets the highest level of craftsmanship is where the very best becomes possible that the world of tea has to offer!
The Sampler – for limited time only!
We owe it to my longstanding good relationship to Kenneth and Monsoon Teas that I can offer you these treasures now at Siam Tea Shop, too. However, the sampler with all 7 Treasures – Forest-Friendly Tea from North Thailand – will only be available for a short period. After that, all 7 teas will be available as regular parts of my offer of Teas from North Thailand as well as of my Biodiversi-TEA shop category. Accordingly, here and now is the time and place to try all 7 teas in the economic sample box!
To this end, the box contains 10 – 15 grams of each of the following teas:
1. Dhara Artisanal Green Tea
A green tea (1+2) from the forests of Amphoe Mae Taeng, Chiang Mai province, northern Thailand…
2. Dhara Black Tea
A black tea (1+2) from the forests of Amphoe Mae Taeng, Chiang Mai province, northern Thailand…
3. Dhara White Moonlight Tea
A white tea (1+2) from the forests of Amphoe Mae Taeng, Chiang Mai province, northern Thailand…
4. Lanna Oolong Tea
An Oolong Tea (2+1) from the forests of Amphoe Mae Fah Luang, Chiang Rai province, northern Thailand…
5. Lahu Black Tea
A black tea (1+2) from the forests of Amphoe Fang, Chiang Mai province, northern Thailand…
6. Lahu Yellow Gelber Tee
A yellow tea (2+1) from the forests of Amphoe Fang, Chiang Mai province, northern Thailand…
7. Dhara Golden Tips Black Tea
A black tea (1+1) from the forests of Amphoe Mae Taeng, Chiang Mai province, northern Thailand…