Ancient Moonlight White Bud Bar Tea
Handpicked and processed on the full-moon from ancient tea trees dating back as old as 400 years old in the high mountains of Yunnan, the locals believe this special tea holds a unique energy and spirit from the phase of the moon. The production method is a closely guarded, mysterious secret for hundreds of years who only the local tea masters know. Its name comes from its unique shape and color. On one side of the leaf it is white and on the other is a shadowy black, like the moon, as if the moon shines on tea bud.
It is only harvested in March to May in very limited quantities when the first buds and tender tea leaves emerge on the ancient tea trees. The cool spring weather gives the slow growing buds a concentrated flavor and aroma. It is only in the spring season that the climatic conditions are present for the proper withering and curing of Ancient Moonlight White. It is delicately air dried and pressed into 50g bars and breaks off into 4g pieces perfect or brewing.
12oz Pot: 2 Tbsp (3 gms)
|180 – 200F||1 – 3 mins.|
Gaiwan: ½ of the Gaiwan
| 30 Seconds; Add 5 Sec to each subsequent infusion
Tea Master Chen Mei
Chen Mei is of the Dai tribe in Yunnan Province and has been honing her skills in picking and producing ancient tea tree teas since a young age. During the Cultural Revolution, the government had ordered all the ancient tea trees in Yunnan be cut so to cut the relationship to the ancient culture. Her grandfather who was managing the ancient tea garden at the time, risked his life by forbidding anyone in the village from cutting these beautiful ancient trees. He told them he would die fighting if he had to in order to protect these sacred trees. Now her grandfather’s ancient tea tree plantation is regarded as having the most unique tea tree forest on the mountain as it was completely in tact throughout the Cultural Revolution.Know more about her Teas.
"Really good, like on-par-with-any-Chinese-white-tea good. It held up for a whoppin’ three steeps that way, too. Yielding strong brew after strong brew. Well done, Moonlight. You saucy minx, you."
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Wild Tea Qi Ancient White Bud Bar Tea
Country of Origin: China
Leaf Appearance: compressed blocks, covered in downy hair
Ingredients: white tea
Steep time: 1 minute
Water Temperature: 175 degrees
Preparation Method: ceramic gaiwan
Liquor: pale gold
I tasted the loose leaf version of this tea at World Tea East and had not been able to get it out of my mind since. I finally made the leap to purchase a bar and I am so glad that I did. If there was ever a tea that could be described as transcendent, this would be it. The tea was clean and fresh with no astringency at all. It was incredibly floral yet delicate with a sweetness that lingered long after each sip. It was unbelievably aromatic from the first infusion to the last (I was able to get at least five). It was a struggle to describe this tea because I have never experienced a white tea remotely like this. I love that Wild Tea Qi gives background information on the farmers who produce their teas. The story of Chen Mi's family and their fight to keep their tea trees during the cultural revolution made me appreciate the tea even more. Check out the video Wild Tea Qi made about this tea above.