Monday, June 30, 2014

Tribute Tea Company Yunnan Moonlight Buds

Country of Origin: China
Leaf Appearance: large, plump needles covered in silver hairs
Ingredients: white tea
Steep time: 2 minutes
Water Temperature: 200 degrees
Preparation Method: glass teapot
Liquor: pale amber

Out of all of the samples that I received from +Tribute Tea Company, this is probably the one that I was the most excited about. Nearly all Chinese white teas are produced in Fujian but this one hails for Yunnan, land of puerh. The dry leaves looked like a super sized version of silver needle. They were very soft to the touch as well. This is one of those strange teas that really doesn't quite fit into a single category. The product description states that it is technically puerh. I thought that it tasted very much like a mellow and sweet Dian Hong. It even smelled like one and if left to steep for a bit, the color of the liquor turned a bit reddish. Whatever its true identity is, this tea was delicious and it is definitely worth giving a try. You'll want to follow their recommendations for temperature but it never really gets bitter so steep time is not much of a worry. The leaves looked really beautiful floating in the pot while I sipped.

Yunnan Moonlight Buds sample provided by Tribute Tea Company.