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Yue Guang Bai, also known as Moonlight Beauty, is a specialty of pu-erh teas. The tea was processed by using the same technique for Fuding White tea, that’s why people regarded Yue Guang Bai as a white tea. Jinggu is one of the large growing areas in puer city where is famous for its high-quality white tea. It’s made entirely from tea leaves of ancient old tea trees as material, consequently, fresh tea leaves are very rich in nutrients, which also results the dry tea is characterized by strong fragrance, remarkable taste with multiple infusions.
Our Moonlight Dragon Ball White tea is made from Jinggu Dabai tea bush with the plucking standard of one bud with one tea leaf. It’s totally handmade and wrapped with an independent tissue paper for each ball that makes it very suitable for collection, storage and carrying. When brewed, it carries a crystal-clear and bright tea liquid, and notes with a honey fragrance greets the noise that combine a slight fragrance of dry red dates.
A very healthy and convenient tea for carrying, just one ball is possibly able to meet you daily tea consumption.
Moonlight White: This name comes from a special tea making procedure. Generally, the upper surface of the tea leaves treated with this procedure appear to be black while the reverse side looks white, especially the buds, they appear as white as moonlight.
Legend says this tea was originally harvested by the local beautiful young girls at night and the whole processing procedure exposes minimum to the sun sight. So, the locals named it Moonlight beauty tea..
The fresh tea leaves for producing Moonlight Dragon Ball White Tea come from Jiu Tai Po tea garden, which is located in pu’er city with the highest elevation reaches at 2016 meters. This tea garden is shrouded by a variety of ecological tea plantations, such as Taidi cha (plantation tea) growing area, old tea tree and ancient tea tree growing areas. Among them, the old tea tree and ancient tea tree growing area are located on a relatively higher elevation in Jiu Tai Po tea garden, covered with original forests.
The position where the tea garden located is in a high altitude that makes no cars could pass but to climb the mountain on foot. Tea from old and ancient tea trees growing in a natural environment without human intervention. Therefore, the poultry manure is considered to be one of the best plant fertilizers out there.
In recent years, Jiu Tai Po tea garden has begun to grow Taidi cha. Basically, all of these Taidi tea plants come from Jinggu Dabai Cha. There, leaves from Daiba Cha are more expensive than old tea trees, so you don't need to worry about buying a half-fake tea that mixed with Taidi cha and old tea trees.
With more than 30 years of processing tea, Mr. Yang, as well as other tea farmers in Huidui village, are living by selling teas, which is the only thing they count on to support their lives.
When we talked with Mr. Yang about why he had the idea to make flower dragon ball tea, Mr. Yang said: “Our former tea maters have already created a very special blend of Pu-erh Mini Tuo Cha with Rose and Chrysanthemums. That’s why the idea of making dragon ball black tea with flower flooded into my mind.” After that, Mr. Yang started his experiments to make dragon ball black tea with flower. With multiple experiments, he found Dian Hong Black tea is not proper to roll into a small shape as Mini Tuo Cha, but perfect for making into bigger dragon balls by the processing method of rolling. By using this method, it presented the best shape and appearance of the Black Tea that could be.
After succeeded in producing dragon ball black tea with fresh flowers, Mr. Yang began to challenge himself by making other types of dragon ball teas. So far, lots of new type flower dragon ball black teas have been successfully made, which includes: Rose, Chamomile, Jasmine and Forget-me-not dragon ball black tea. Moreover, Mr. Yang made another attempt to dragon balls with pure tea material, they are: Ancient Dragon Ball Pu-erh Tea and Moonlight Beauty Dragon Ball White Tea.
Jinggu, located in Pu'er City, Yunnan, is the birthplace of Jinggu Dabai Cha. The highest altitude here is 2,920 meters, while the lowest is 600 meters. Its annual rainfall reaches 1,354 mm and the average annual sunshine hours are over 2065.3 hours. This place is typified by high mountains and deep valleys with different elevation ranges, that's why it was regarded as a very suitable place for growing different types of tea species. Except Dabai Cha, Jingju is also famous for other items, which includes: rosin, "Xiangya" mango, Yangta (秧塔) White Tea, and fragrant sticky rice as well.
Jinggu Dabai cha belongs to arbor tea tree that comes from Mt. Kuzhu (苦竹: kǔ zhú) in Jinggu County. These particular tea plants are widely growing in local, naturally they can reach up to 4 – 5 meters with obvious trunks and sparse branches. Dabai cha is characterized by large and soft tea leaves, plump, fuzzy white buds with green color.
Spring tea, picked in one tea bud with two leaves, is in high level of soluble compounds. It contains 3.8% Amino Acids, 29.9% Polyphenols, 5.2% Caffeine, 15.3% Catechin and 46.7% water extraction as well. Therefore, it has a rich flavor in taste and leaves a sweet aftertaste in mouth and throat. Tea made from Jinggu Dabai cha is well-presented the special features of Yunnan large-leaf, which is also a good material to make high quality Pu-erh teas.
There was a beautiful legend connected to this tea in Bulang culture. Long long ago, there was a beautiful young Dai (the Dai nationality) princess living in Xishuangbanna. This kind-hearted princess has a beautiful name - Seven Princess. She was later married to a handsome young Bulang man for the friendly relations between the Dai nationality and the Bulang nationality. Seven Princess is not only beautiful but also intelligent. With her help, the Bulang people quickly learned how to plough and sow and make teas. Just because of this, she has been honored as the tea goodness of Bulang people. Later, in honor of her, moonlight beauty tea has been chosen as the tribute tea since people thought that this tea is the embodiment of Seven Princess’ wisdom and beauty.
Bulang people: The Bulang people have lived in Bulang Mountians for many generations .The Bulang nationality is traditionally associated with tea planting and the ancestors of Bulang people are thought to be the earliest tea growers and makers.
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I had this tea for the first time the day after I tried the lily dragon ball moonlight white tea for the first time, to facilitate the comparison. Being relatively new to loose leaves white tea, I ordered several samples and proceeded to compare them in order to distinguish each type but also to try to find my favorite white tea or, at least, my favorite characteristics found in white tea. So far, I am amazed to find so many different flavors, as my memories of white bagged tea were of a very light, almost tasteless liquor, often fresh but with a tendency to become bitter easily. I am so glad I have decided to give white tea another chance, with the help of Teavivre. I like what I taste! This Moonlight Dragon Ball White tea is from the same tea bush at the lily dragon ball moonlight white tea (Jinggu Dabai), both from Jinggu County, and both picked at the same time (April 2016). Therefore, they should taste the same, except for the lilies, which allows me to distinguish the tea flavor from the lily flavor. (There is an order to my madness.) I rinsed the tea ball (about 20 sec; discarded the liquid) and steep it 50s in a glass gaiwan. I found the liquid a bit tasteless, so I discarded it as well. The second infusion was 60s. The tea ball started to crumble enough to let me taste the material. The liquor is thick and smooth. It has a long lasting aftertaste. It’s not as bold as the Lily version and not as sweet either. This one is more refined, but is still herbaceous (without the strong wheat cereals taste though). I would say it’s cleaner than the lily version, and not as savory. There is spiciness to it that remains in the aftertaste. The flavor is consistent throughout many steeps. The wet leaves do smell like dry red dates.
I brewed this western style with my steeper. The aroma of the tea had hints of honey. The liquor of the tea was a red-dark red. Aside from drinking my usual black or green tea this is a very mellow and smooth tea in the winter months.
liked it so much I bought 200g. western stile 1000ml@100c@1 ball = 2steeps
dark as a red tea, taste is as they said. hints of honey
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