Moonlight White

Saturday, 23 January, 2016

The following text was originally in Chinese, printed on the paper wrapping of the Moonlight White Pu’er tea cake, shown in the photograph.

Moonlight White

Moonlight White

月光白有名月光美人

Moonlight White also known as Moonlight Beauty

同时也被称为月光白茶,月光茶,

It is also known as Moonlight White Tea, or Moonlight Tea,

是普洱茶中的特色茶。其名字的来历很有讲究…

It is a speciality among Pu’er Tea. The history of it’s name is quite particular…

此茶的制作工艺特殊,需要在皎洁的月色之下,采摘嫩芽

In the crafting of this tea, it is necessary to be under the bright and clear moonlight, to pluck the tender buds

为原料,并且从采摘到加工完成,整个过程均不接触日光,

for the raw material, and then, from the point of picking, to the final processing, throughout all of the steps there can be absolutely no contact with sunlight.

而仅在月光下慢慢晾干, 且采茶着均为当地美貌年轻的少女,

The leaves are allowed only to dry slowly under the moonlight, and the tea pickers are all local, young and beautiful women.

故得名「月光美人」;制作出来的成茶,叶面呈黑色,叶背呈白色,

This is how the name “Moonlight Beauty” was acquired. The finished tea product is thus:the surface of the leaf is black, and the back of the leaf is white,

Loose Moonlight White

Loose Moonlight White

一阴一阳,黑白,相间叶芽显毫白亮,像一轮弯弯的月亮,

One side yin, one side yang, black and white, the alternating sides of the leaf buds appear as sparkling white down, like the curved brilliance of the moon.

一芽两叶整体看起来就像黑夜中的月亮,故得名「月光白」。

One bud and two leaves as a whole look like the brilliant moon in the blackness of night, thus acquiring the name “Moonlight White.”

The Moon

The Moon

 

Sweet and fragrant, like a fresh green, but deep and smooth, with the life of a pu’er.

The Solitary Interpreter

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