Moonlight White (Yue Guang Bai) is the white tea produced in Yunnan. The reason why it is named as moonlight white is that the upper part of the leaf of this white tea is dark, while the down part of the leaf is very white. It looks like the tea leaf on the tree under the moon. (At night, the moonlight makes the upper leaf look white, while the down part is in darkness).
This our moonlight white tea is made by the material from the organic tea garden in Wa Shan of Simao in South Yunnan. The tea was harvested and processed in April of 2021. The tea tree planted in this tea garden is the seed growing mixed tea cultivar (Qun Ti Zhong) planted in 1960s.
The tea has very fragranct camellia flavor, the taste is mellow sweet and rich in aftertaste. The quality comes from its fine organic material and fine processing in good Yunnan season. (It is dry and sunny in the Spring of South Yunnan, which is ideal for white tea processing).
Moonlight white has rich content of anti-oxidants. In Chinese medicine, it is cold in nature, which can remove body heat, anti-inflammation, anti-aging, protect liver, improve eyesight, help digest and keep body fit.
The tea was harvested in Spring 2021.
The tea garden is organic and was built in 1960s, planted by seed growing mixed cultivar (Qun Ti Zhong)
The Spring of South Yunnan is very sunny and dry.
The tea is hand plucked by local Wa Race farmers
There is a simple resting wooden cottage in the center of the organic tea garden.
This is the fresh tea leaves to process moonlight white.
The tea is put on the bamboo plate for withering.
The tea is withered until when it is finally dry. The dry air in the Spring of Yunnan makes the whole processing of moonlight white tea all naturally.
White tea is a slightly fermented tea. Altough the processing is all withered to final dry. In the beginning stage of the withering, the change in the tea leaves is only loss of water. And there is no reaction of ingredients. However later as the withering goes deeper, there will be reaction of ingredients (fermentation). Because the cell membrane lose its function when a lot of water goes away, which can be considered as a kind of situation of severe drought. Without the protection of cell membrane, the ingredients in the cells will flow outside and results in oxidation. In the final stage when there is few water is left and the tea comes to finally dry, the reaction will stop. The fermetnation of white tea is much slighter than black tea. Because in the processing of black tea, there is violent maceration of tea leaves by rolling machine, which makes nearly all tea cells dismantled in a short time and the ingredients exposed to air for oxidation.
This is very good quality Moonlight White Tea. It has a lot of silver white tips.
In the down part of the tea leaves, it is very hairy.
The brewing of moonlight white tea.