ONYX MA WEI MOONLIGHT TEA

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THIS SHADE-DRIED LOT OF “DA YE” OR BIG LEAF WHITE TEA WAS GROWN IN YUNNAN PROVINCE, CHINA. THIS IS A CERTIFIED ORGANIC TEA HIGHLY SUITABLE FOR AGING. OUR LOT WAS HARVESTED IN AUTUMN OF 2017 AND HAS DEVELOPED SOME COMPLEXITY OVER THE YEARS. THE RESULTING CUP YIELDS A TEA WITH HIGH FLORAL CHARACTER AND INTENSE SWEETNESS. THESE WHOLE LEAVES ARE FAIRLY STUBBORN AND WON’T BREAK EASILY, MAKING THEM GREAT FOR MANY TYPES OF TEA BREWING.

ORIGIN: SIMAO, YUNNAN, CHINA
PROCESS: SHADE-DRIED
CUP NOTES: GARDENIA, PANCAKE SYRUP, VISCOUS


STORY

This shade-dried, large leaf, aged white tea has beautiful sugary sweetness and florality in the cup thanks to the careful farming practices at Ma Wei Shan tea farm. The crop was harvested in autumn of 2017 with a bud-heavy plucking standard (roughly 1 bud : 1-2 leaf ratio). This Yunnan white tea is known as “yue guang bai” ( moonlight white), because of how the dried leaf has signature white/dark sides, similar to the appearance of a waning moon. This tea was also said to traditionally be dried only at night under moonlight, though that story is unsubstantiated. The whole leaves are unbroken and fairly sturdy, making them suitable for aggressive brewing in different formats. Enjoy experimenting with different ways to brew this offering, and try multiple steeps. We are excited to be able to share this tea with you thanks to our partners at Hugo Tea Co, a team of tea experts who share our commitment to transparency and high quality sourcing. 


MA WEI SHAN (“Horse Tail Mountain”) TEA FARM

Located in the outer parts of Pu’er city, Ma Wei Shan Tea Farm spans about 32 acres in total; most of their tea rows are 15-30 years old. Producer Yuanzhen Li has been a lifelong farmer, and now, she manages the farm, organizing the tea pluckers and acting as an intermediary between the workers and management. Their farming system plans are thorough, and they're deeply committed to organic cultivation. To avoid using pesticides, they raise chickens on the farm to control pests and provide fertilizer.


WHITE TEA

White tea is not rolled or oxidized, meaning that the fresh-plucked tea leaf is simply withered and dried, resulting in a delicate tea with a flavor profile true to its terroir. Despite its name, brewed white tea is usually a pale yellow color. The name “white tea”  is actually derived from the characteristic silvery-white hairs on the unopened buds. They are most prominently grown in China.

  

SUGGESTED USE

 

General Filter Brew