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RateTea Classifies Moonlight White Tea (Yueguang Bai Cha), From Yunnan, China, As White Tea
RateTea has chosen to classify moonlight white tea, also called yueguang bai cha, as a white tea. Moonlight white originates in Yunnan province of China and is a tea that is difficult to classify; RateTea gives its rationale for this decison.
By: Alex Zorach / Merit Exchange LLC
About moonlight white tea:
Moonlight white tea, called yueguang bai cha in Chinese, is a type of tea produced in Yunnan province. As moonlight white is peculiar and idiosyncratic both in terms of its production method, appearance, and characteristics of flavor and aroma, it can be hard to classify. It is quite unlike other Chinese white teas, but it is not heated during production like green teas, and it is not deliberately oxidized like black and oolong teas. Although its name suggests that it is a white tea, there is no clear consensus among retailers and tea experts as to whether or not it constitutes a white tea.
RateTea has classified this tea as a white tea due to its production process, which shares a key similarity with other white teas, in that it is neither deliberately oxidized nor processed to stop oxidation, resulting in a partial oxidation during withering and drying, much in the same way larger-leaf white teas like shou mei or some bai mu dan become partially oxidized and take on an oolong-like character.
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