Tea Side’s 2016 Moonlight White Tea

2016 Moonlight White Tea by Tea Side
White Tea / Straight
$9.00USD for 50g

Tea Side has provided me with 2016 Moonlight White Tea for the purposes of providing an honest review.

First Impressions

I received 2016 Moonlight White Tea from Tea Side in a silvery foil package (not resealable, which is unfortunate!). The leaves are big, they look like they were just laid out to dry and then were scooped up into the package. There’s some visible downy feathers on some of the leaves, which vary in shades of brown.

2016 Moonlight White Tea has a very subtle floral aroma to it, and it’s fairly obvious that there aren’t any other ingredients in with this tea. As per the Tea Side website, the 2016 Moonlight White Tea was harvested in Thailand at 1200m above sea level from tea plants that are between 300 and 500 years old.

Preparation

I couldn’t find any steeping instructions for 2016 Moonlight White Tea, so I opted to steep in 85°C (185°F) for 2 minutes. If you’re ever stumped for trying to figure out how long to steep a tea for and in what temperature, check out my steeping guide! And if you’re steeping a tea blend (e.g. white and green tea), always opt for the temperature and length of time that is less.

First Taste

2016 Moonlight White steeps to a beautiful light golden yellow. I found the aroma to be floral, which did match the flavour. There’s a light floral flavour with a smooth texture. This white tea is easy to drink with the slight sweetness that lingers in the mouth. I think it would pair well with each sweet or savoury dishes with how clear it tastes.

A Second Cup?

I resteeped 2016 Moonlight White Tea a total of 5 times, adding an extra 30 seconds for each subsequent steep. I found that the flavour intensified for the first resteep and then slowly started to fade with each steep. The colour of the tea became more of a deep golden yellow for the first two resteeps.

My Overall Impression

I loved Tea Side’s 2016 Moonlight White Tea. I found the flavour to be really enjoyable, and the white tea resteeped really well and kept a good flavour throughout the steeping session. The floral notes and the light sweetness throughout really made for an enjoyable steeping session, and the fact that the leaves resteeped so well was a nice touch and really showed off the quality in the tea leaves.

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Chai Castle’s Dream of the Orient

Dream of the Orient by Chai Castle
White Tea & Green Tea / Flavoured
$8.50 for 50g

Chai Castle has provided me with Dream of the Orient for the purposes of providing an honest review.

First Impressions

Dream of the Orient was a sample pick from Chai Castle that I was really excited about. This white tea and green tea blend smells delightful – there’s a light fruity aroma and I can smell the mango and jasmine. I find the mango is the most prominent aroma with the jasmine in the background.

Dream of the Orient consists of: white tea (pai mu tan), green tea (darjeeling), green tea (fog tea, lung, jasmine jade pearls), candied pineapple, papaya, mango pieces, natural flavour, orange peels, strawberry, apricot, sour cherry pieces, and red currants. So many fruits!

Preparation

Chai Castle recommends steeping Dream of the Orient in 79°C (175°F) water for 2 to 3 minutes. I did an initial steep for 3 minutes.

First Taste

Dream of the Orient steeps to a very pale yellow after a three minute steep. The aroma is mostly fruity with a hint of floral notes in the background – that jasmine is quite strong to stand against all those fruit ingredients! The flavour of mango is quite strong, there’s some vegetal notes in the background, with the floral/jasmine notes lingering on the tongue. It makes for a nice flavour – the ingredients play nicely with the tea base.

A Second Cup?

I resteeped Dream of the Orient twice, adding an extra 30 seconds per steep. The flavour remains quite well balanced with each steep. I found the fruit flavours (mango, apricot, pineapple) to be more pronounced with each steep and held up well with each steep.

My Overall Impression

I liked Chai Castle’s Dream of the Orient. I loved the mango flavour, and found that it worked really well with the jasmine and the green tea base. I would have liked for the other fruit flavours to come out a bit more – perhaps they just need to be more present to add in more sour cherry, red currants, and papaya. Dream of the Orient does resteep well, the green tea and white tea base makes for a delicious tea. I think with the fruity base, this tea would be good iced as well or cold steeped.

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Wing Wah’s Sau-Mei Tea

Sau-Mei Tea by Wing Wah
White Tea / Straight
100g

I received Wing Wah’s Sau-Mei Tea as a gift, and was unable to find information regarding the price.

First Impressions

Wing Wah’s Sau-Mei Tea came to me in a fairly big gold foil bag. There’s minimal information about the tea on the packaging, aside from some key instructions of storing it in a cool, dry place. For those unfamiliar with shou-mei, it’s a traditional Chinese white tea.

Shou-Mei tea has some beautiful dried leaves. There’s a mix of colours ranging from brown to bright green. Some of the leaves have visible downy feathers on them, quite reminiscent of a silver needle. There’s a few sticks mixed in. This is a very airy tea, it takes up a lot of space with just a little bit. The dry leaf has a light floral aroma with slight plum notes.

Preparation

There were no steeping instructions on the packaging. I opted to steep Shou-Mei Tea in 185°F (85°C) for 2 minutes.

First Taste

Shou-Mei Tea steeps to a beautiful golden yellow. The texture of the tea is very smooth, with a light creaminess. The flavour is a nice mix of floral and fresh-tasting plum notes. It’s a really enjoyable tea. The light sweetness to it makes it a good pairing with pastries (I might have had this with a chocolate croissant…).

A Second Cup?

I resteeped Sau-Mei Tea seven times (eight steeps total with the same leaves), I added an extra 30 seconds for each additional steep. As I steeped it, I found that the creaminess grew stronger as the colour became more golden yellow. The floral notes were more prevalent in the subsequent steeps while the plum notes subsided.

My Overall Impression

I loved Wing Wah’s Sau-Mei Tea. This was a very pleasant white tea to drink. I loved how well it resteeped, and how the flavours changed with each resteep. I really enjoy teas that can be resteeped that retain their flavour – it really shows to the quality in the leaves. Additionally, I know that 185°F is a bit on the ‘high’ side of what you’d want to steep a white tea in, but the leaves held up beautifully and I had zero issues with astringency or bitterness.

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