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Moonlight White

Last Updated: May. 6, 2013 

About Moonlight White

Compressed white tea cake
Bai Beeng Moonlight White from Rishi Tea
Moonlight white tea or yueguang bai cha(月光白茶) is a particular style of tea originating in China's Yunnan province. Although we classify moonlight white as a white tea, and the Chinese name contains the word white (bai/白), it is sometimes classified as Pu-erh, sometimes even classified as a black tea, and other times treated as a category of its own. Like oolong tea, moonlight white is a semi-oxidized tea, but its production process is fundamentally different from oolongs and it is typically not classified with them.

Moonlight white is sometimes sold in compressed cakes like Pu-erh, and aged like Pu-erh, although it is also sold in loose-leaf form, and consumed sooner after production. We classify this style as a white tea because its production involves withering and drying like other white teas, and its character resembles other white teas to a large degree, although its processing differs from that of other white teas in some ways.

Large tea leaves with grayish-brown color
Moonlight White Tea,
Chicago Tea Garden
Moonlight white is grown from a particular cultivar of the tea plant, of the long-leafed Assamica cultivar, that has leaves covered in silver hair. Because of the large leaf size and production method involving natural withering and air-drying, this tea tends to have greater levels of oxidation and thus a darker color than white teas made from smaller-leafed cultivars. The partial oxidation resulting from large leaf size and natural withering without heating is shared in common between this tea and other white teas such as shou mei and to a lesser degree, white peony.

The level of oxidation, and thus the color, flavor, and aroma of this tea are sensitive to moisture levels. Dry or drought conditions will result in the leaves drying out more quickly after harvest, resulting in less oxidation, reflected in a lighter color, and a fresher and "edgier" quality. Moister conditions, characteristic of most years, will result in a darker, smoother tea.

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86 / 100
Picture of Moonlight Dragon Ball White Tea

An amazing and sweet tea! It is not very expensive and is a very high quality tea. The ball is tightly packed and I was able to get several infusions(keep in mind you can't break up the ball easily so I would use a at least 12 oz cup and fuse for 5 minutes). The aroma isn't strong but is very nice and sweet, it smells ...

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75 / 100
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Nightlife 2017 from white2tea

Style: Moonlight White – Region: ?????
Jul. 20th, 2017

It's my impression that this is very heavily caffeinated. I know that there's this mistaken impression that white teas contain almost no caffeine, but this just isn't true. Not only is there an article with citations here on RateTea which says that isn't true, there is an article on the Oregon State University site, wh...

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80 / 100
Picture of Jing Mai Moonlight White

Alex and I had very different experiences with this tea.I was only able to brew this once and I did so, following Gingko's instructions of water just off the boil, for about 1.5 minutes. I was totally surprised that the liquor was so dark, it looked like black tea, The aroma was on the nutty/vegetal end , with a slig...

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80 / 100
Picture of Jing Mai Moonlight White

This is a strange tea that requires proper brewing if you want to appreciate it. It's not even remotely like any other white tea I've ever tried.

I received a generous amount of sample of this tea from Life in Teacup. I experimented brewing three different ways, using many infusions, starting at 1-minute and gett...

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Jing Mai Moonlight White

Brand:Life in Teacup
Style:Moonlight White
Region:Lancang, Yunnan, China
2 Ratings
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Nightlife 2017

Style:Moonlight White
1 Rating
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Moonlight Dragon Ball White Tea

Style:Moonlight White
Region:Jinggu, Yunnan, China
1 Rating

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