Moonlight White (月光白, Yuè Guāng bái, "Moonlight White") - This tea is a western version of the classical white tea Bái Mǔ Dān 白牡丹 (“White Peony”). While the white tea process originates in Fujian on the east coast of China, the style has been applied to Pu'er plants in the west. By harvesting a high ratio of buds to leaves and allowing the tea to air-dry without being cooked, Yunnan tea farmers have created a robust white tea with large downy white buds that maintains the earthy, floral character of the Pu'er tea plants as well as the delicate, fluffy mouthfeel. The name Moonlight White refers to the silver appearance of the buds among the darker leaves, as well as the fact that it is dried outside overnight, presumably exposing it to the light of the moon. A clear,sweet, gentle tea with surprisingly pronounced Qi.
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This white tea is the second white tea I ever got, and I enjoyed it thoroughly. It's not super complex as far as tea goes, but that doesn't mean it's bad. It's very very nice. It has this characteristic, unmistakable white tea taste, which I can't really describe. Besides that, it's lightly sweet, and like white tea in general it sooths the throat and is smooth in texture. An interesting anecdote about this tea: One day I went to a Cafe that served silver needle white tea, and when I ordered and tasted some, it tasted like a weaker version of this moonlight white tea.