Today I am reviewing 2020 Tiltshift white tea from White2Tea, which is a bud-heavy version of yueguangbai, or ‘Moonlight white tea’.
I washed the tea for 30 seconds in hot water and discarded the wash.
Steeped for 30 seconds.
The brew has a light yellow/gold color.
It has a light, crisp sweet taste.
An almost honey-like sweetness, but the taste isn’t very pronounced at this point.
Not a whole lot of flavor, but the tea ball hasn’t decompressed yet.
Steeped for 45 seconds.
Notes of caramel have developed.
Unfortunately, the flavor doesn’t share those same characteristics, as it is light and mineral tasting with a bit of sweetness at the end.
No real bitterness to speak of.
The third steep is starting to taste a bit better, with a light sweetness that spreads throughout the palette, but I do wish that flavor aspect of the tea was stronger, like I have tasted on some other Moonlight white teas.
Brewed for 50 seconds.
The third steep tastes a lot better then the previous steeps.
The honey flavor clings to the mouth a bit, but overall, it’s not as flavorful as I would like it to be.
One thing I’ve noticed about White2Tea’s cakes is that they are typically very heavily compressed and take a while for the leaves to unfurl and brew. I personally prefer a looser pressing.
I reached in and manually broke the tea ball apart so it would infuse properly.
This steep holds more complexity, with some floral aromatics and astringency.
The body of the tea is decent in this steep.
This steep definitely tastes a lot better.
Overall, it’s a solid daily white tea, but it certainly didn’t ‘wow’ me.
I wished it had a more pronounced honey aroma and flavor, but that being said, I would have no problem drinking this again, as it tastes pretty good once the leaves unfurl. Unfortunately, that seems to take a while.