This tea is certified organic.
Ma Wei Moonlightis a yue guang bai—"moonlight white"—from Simao (Pu'er) in middle Yunnan. This production from our partners at Ma Wei Shan is bud-heavy at a 1:1 (1 bud : 1 leaf) pluck. We selected their shade-dried version over the 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. The farm is an organic plantation, with entire mountains of tea rows 15-30 years old; our yue guang bai is made with their highest-elevation (1300 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 are sturdy and mostly unbroken, making it suitable for aggressive brewing in multiple formats—experimentation is encouraged.
notes — gardenia | pancake syrup | viscous
nomenclature — ma wei (马尾)—"horse tail"
style — yue guang bai ("moonlight white")
cultivar — da ye ("big leaf")
region —simao, yunnan, china
locale — ma mei shan farm
producer — yuanzhen li
vintage —autumn '17
(use freshly boiled mineral water)
[300 ml+ vessel — BOLI, large teapot
3 grams — 200°F (93°C) — 3 minutes
[150 ml- vessel — gaiwan, small teapot]
5 grams — 200°F (93°C) —15 seconds
+10 seconds each additional steep