Slide toggle

Welcome to August Moon Tea

August Moon Tea aims to bring the fresh air and sunshine from the tea field to our tea ceremony and create a peaceful and exquisite ambience for all of you.

Tea not only brings people closer but also helps us to reconnect with ourselves. It’s a natural elixir for our souls.

As for white tea, in Fuding, Fujian, many people store some for its medicinal uses. There is a saying of white tea, one-year tea, three-year medicine and seven-year treasure.
Aged white tea has the special aroma, flavours, and colours which are unforgettable. To always have good aged white tea, the best thing to do is to learn how to store it properly.
1 Why do we store white tea?
Nowadays, white tea is supposed to be a good investment after the wave of Puer tea. The longer it’s stored, the better tea flavour you get, and higher medicinal values it gets. The price of white tea has been increasing at a rapid pace which proves that white tea has been accepted by the public and is becoming popular.
2 Which white tea should be collected?
This all depends on your personal preferences. At the same storage environment, the tea with different tenderness has different transforming speed. Silver needle is the slowest followed by peony. Gongmei and Shoumei are the fastest. The colour of liquor changes from light yellow to honey colour, then to arrange or even darker. The aroma changes to plum, to reed leaves to date and to Chinese medicine.
Gongmei and Shoumei are highly suggested for collection because the quantity is the highest among all the white tea. The quantity of them in total occupies more than half of all the white tea. Gongmei and Shoumei have all the benefits of white tea with a cheaper price than silver needle and peony. Thus naturally, these two are the best to collect.

3 How long is the white tea stored for?
White tea can be kept for a long time, as long as 2 or 3 decades, or even longer. But it has to be good-quality from good raw tea leaves so that the flavour can get better and better which means the value gets higher and higher.

4 How should white tea be stored?
(1) Sealing
The natural transition comes from the tea itself. You need sealable containers made of iron porcelain or tin.
(2) Avoid direct sunlight.
Lights can oxidize the surface of the tea leaves and affect the flavour
(3) Room temperature.
White tea doesn’t have to be stored in the freezer. You also need to avoid radiator.
(4) Avoid other smell.
There is polymeric palmitic acid and terpene compounds which make tea absorb different smells easily. So you need to be careful with other flavours and smells.
(5) Keep the tea in a dry place
Only if you keep the tea in a dry place, can you store the tea for a long period. Humidity can change the properties of tea and the flavours of the tea.
In general, avoid high humidity, other flavours and smells, and direct sunlight. Always seal the tea in a good container and keep it at room temperature.
5 The changes after being stored
One year tea: Because white tea is lightly fermented, the newly produced tea doesn’t have a deep and rich flavour. It won’t taste as good as the aged ones.
Three-year tea: If you have stored the white tea properly for 2-3 years, the properties of tea change slowly, so does the aroma. The colour of tea changes from light yellow to apricot colour even darker. When you drink it, the aroma is softer and richer. It can help you to deal with the heat in summer, protect your liver and heart.
Seven-year tea: when the tea is 5-6 years old, it can be called ‘old tea’. As time goes on, the aroma gets richer and richer, the liquor gets thicker, the colour gets amber and clear. At this stage, the white tea has better benefits for cancers prevention, sunstroke prevention, detoxification, and allergy prevention. Having a few cups of white tea can help you to relax.
6 When does the tea taste the best?
Aged white tea has a rich and lasting aroma. Silver needles have pekoe aroma, fruity aroma, and obsolete aroma. Peony has rich pekoe aroma and obsolete aroma. Gongmei and Shoumei have date aroma and Chinese medicine aroma. The tea liquor of aged white tea is soft, smooth and accomplished with a very good back-to-sweet after-taste. The charm of aged white tea is everlasting.
Under a good storage condition, there are a few tasting periods.
1st:
After 6 months the tea is produced, the watery flavour decreases, with a heaving nature and strong energy. The tea tastes a little bit bitter but also accomplished. The tea smells fresh. This is the time you can learn the merits and weaknesses. So you can give it a try.
2nd:
Between 3-5 years old, the watery flavour has gone. After the transition period, the properties of white tea are stable, and so is the taste. The tea tastes much strong with the cold nature.
3rd:
Around the 7, and 8th year, after years’of transforming, the obsolete flavour of white tea gradually turns up. And there are a lot of possibilities the tea can taste like. Some of them have a fruity and honey flavour. Other ones might have rich floral flavour transformed from the light aroma.
White tea over 7 years over has a softer and warmer nature with certain medicinal benefits. It helps with anti-inflammatory and protects liver and stomach.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

show