Today I am reviewing a Summer 2021 Jingmai White tea from Farmer Leaf.
Producer: Farmer Leaf
Vintage: Summer, 2021
Origin: Jingmai, China
The first thing I noticed is that this tea looks a bit different than other ‘moonlight white’ teas which I have seen. Many of the leaves are a rather peculiar black color, and some have a sharp sheen, but that being said, I actually think the tea is quite pretty, and there is some nice looking fuzz on some of the leaves.
Steeped for 40 seconds.
Light in flavor and color, but has a deep roasted nut note which is quite delicious.
I have a feeling that the tea will appear darker in later brews.
Steeped for 45 seconds.
The brew is actually only a little bit darker than before.
Very smooth flavor. No discernible bitterness.
Still a bit light on flavor.
It does have a light, clearing astringency which, in my opinion, would go great with spicy food.
Flavor notes: Roast wood, roasted nuts, honey, and raisins.
Steeped for 50 seconds.
It is now brewing to about the color which I would expect a moonlight white tea to brew to.
It is perhaps a tad bit more bitter, but overall still extremely smooth.
A bit of a peppermint herb note has seemingly developed.
I think this is a quality tea, but does it remind me of other Moonlight White teas? Only somewhat.
It is a bit lighter than other moonlight teas which I have drank, and I thought that was strange, because some of the tea leaves are such a dark black color, but it also has a very thirst-quenching quality which makes me want to drink several cups of it.