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Moonlight Dragon Ball White Tea
Honey, red dates fragrance
Honey, red dates fragrance
Jinggu County, Pu-erh City, Yunnan Province, China
April 30, 2017
Hand rolled into ball-like shape covered with moonlight fuzzy hair,
each ball is roughly 7-9 grams
Similar to the fragrance of honey or dry red dates
Golden bright color
Sweet and mellow taste with slight fragrance of red dates, the flavor
of old white tea starts to become strong since the fourth infusions
Jinggu Dabai Cha
Jiu Tai Po Tea Garden
Low caffeine (less than 10% of a cup of coffee)
Store in cool, dry place away from sunlight; keep ventilated
A very healthy and convenient tea for carrying, just one ball is possibly able to meet you daily tea consumption.
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.
Chinese Gongfu Method
|Teacup: 12oz / 355ml||Gaiwan: 3.8oz / 110ml|
|203℉ / 95℃||203℉ / 95℃|
|1 piece||1 piece|
|Brewing time: 5 - 8 mins||
10 steeps: rinse, 50s, 60s, 70s, 50s, 50s, 30s, 40s, 70s, 90s, 110s
|Rinse time is around 5 seconds|
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.
Pu’er City, formerly called Simao, is a prefecture-level city in southern Yunnan province. Elevations range from 317 to 3370 meters with wide-ranging of ancient tea trees. Pu'er city was identified as the hometown of Pu-erh teas, is well-known as the “birthplace of Tea” and the heartland of the origin place of tea trees in the world. Being one of the original places where Pu-erh tea was produced, Pu’er city obtains rich resources of tea varieties. Generally, it can be divided in to three types:
* Original Wild Ancient Tea Trees and Wild Tea Populations
* Transitive Type Ancient Tea Trees
* Cultivation Type Ancient Tea Trees
These tea trees grow in high altitudes covered by large area of primeval forests, and all the natural ecosystems have been well-protected which makes it becomes a very ideal place for an optimal cultivation and natural drainage. According to the 2007 satellite positioning survey results, the old tea tree resources include ancient tea garden and ancient tea tree populations are more than 100 mu in Pu-erh City.
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.