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Moonlight White

Updated: May. 6, 2013 

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About Moonlight White | Best (Top-Rated) Moonlight White | Examples of Moonlight White

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 never 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.

Best Moonlight White

The notion of the "best" Moonlight White is subjective, because different people have different tastes. We present the most often-rated and highest-rated teas in this category, and allow you to draw your own conclusions.

Most Often-Rated Teas

Picture of Jing Mai Moonlight White

Jing Mai Moonlight White

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

1 Rating

Top-Rated Teas

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Examples of Moonlight White

The following are examples of the 10 selections of Moonlight White in our database.

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Ancient Moonlight White

Brand:Rishi Tea
Region:Yunnan, China

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