Farmer Leaf Summer 2021 Jingmai White Tea Review

Today I am reviewing a Summer 2021 Jingmai White tea from Farmer Leaf.

Tea Specifications

Brand: Farmer Leaf
Vintage: Summer, 2021
Origin: Jingmai, China

Review

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.

First Steep

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.

Second Steep

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.

Third Steep

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.

Conclusion

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.

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