MA WEI MOONLIGHT is a yue guang bai—"moonlight white"—from outer Simao, Yunnan, China. This production from our partners at Ma Wei Shanis bud-heavy at a mostly 1:1 (1 bud : 1 leaf) pluck (with some 1:2 plucks). We selected their shade-dried version over sun-dried; the deep sugars and high floral character of shade-dried yue guang bai outdid the rich, "cooked" flavors of the same tea sun-dried that year. The farm is an organic plantation, with entire slopes of tea rows 15-30 years old; our yue guang bai is made with their highest-elevation (1200 m.) large leaf material typically reserved for their factory pu'er production. An autumn harvest from 2017, this tea is well-rested and has the luscious body and intense huigan (lingering sweetness in the throat) of aged white tea.
Highly suitable for aging, this tea will develop some complexity over years (we may have the last several kilos pressed in anticipation of this). The leaves in this lot are mostly unbroken and stubborn, suitable for aggressive brewing in multiple formats. Experimentation is encouraged.
Scroll to the bottom for tea producer Yuanzhen's thoughts on organic cultivation (and Ma Wei Shan's poultry economy!).