Yunnan Wild Purple Moonlight*
This rare white tea was crafted using a purple leaf varietal (Ye Sheng) that grows wild in the mountainous areas west of Feng Qing township in Yunnan Province.
This tea is processed in the same fashion as Moonlight White (Yue Guang Bai) -- a famous tribute tea. A short light withering that promotes slight oxidation is followed by air drying to keep the leaf as open and flat as possible. This slight natural oxidation imparts a flavour to this leaf that is reminiscent of a very mild black tea. In fact, if you age a portion of this tea it will darken over time and become more like a black tea than what it is now – a white tea.
The dry leaves are light and fluffy, ranging in colour from light brown to green to purple. The aroma is similar to a Dan Cong oolong -- highly aromatic with rich fruit notes. The taste is full and robust with sweet and fruity tones. There is a lingering returning flavour that is pleasant on the palate.
Like our Wild Purple Black, this tea is a glorious treat for both a Yunnan tea enthusiast and for someone who has never tasted a wild, old-tree varietal.
First Flush / Spring 2017
Sweet and mellow with delightful bursts of lime and lily across the palate.
*Wild-grown / Pesticide-free
Additional information: Ye Sheng is a primeval varietal that pre-dates Camellia Sinensis var. Assamica and is a naturally occurring non-hybridised varietal. It's potency in cha qi arises from it's unadulterated nature. It is naturally bug repellent, grows wild in the forests of Yunnan at an altitude of 2,000-2,200 metres.