Moon Swirl White Tips from Imperial Tea Garden

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Imperial Tea Garden

Product Description:

At 16.65% by dry weight, moon swirl green tea is one of the highest polyphenol antioxidant teas rated by independent lab tests. The quality of this hand made luxury green tea is evident from the fuzzy white tips that slowly unfurl with each steep.  Moon Swirl White Tip is grown at nearly 5000 feet above sea level in the mountains of the Hunan Province.  The early spring growth is hand plucked from only the top buds and skillfully rolled by hand.  When infused, the grass, wheat, and mild sweetness are well balanced with assertive astringency.  Due to these conditions, only a few thousand kilos are manufactured per year.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

This tea is incredible.  Truly enchanting; this tea seems to draw me in deeper with each sip, revealing more of itself to me as I sip it.

The first couple of sips were remarkably sweet and smooth.  By mid-cup, a dry, cleansing astringency develops, which prepares the palate for the next sip.  The flavor is of sweet grass and hints of hay, reminding me of the air in the hay fields of the small town where I grew up.  On the days when the hay would be harvested and bailed, you could actually taste the hay in the air.

But, this tea has a lightness to it too, which makes the aforementioned comparison to the air quite apropos; it has a clean, pure kind of taste to it that reminds me quite a bit of a white tea.

Overall, I’m finding this tea to taste incredibly fresh and delicious.  No bitterness to speak of, although if you wish to keep the astringency to a minimum, steep at a lower temperature.  I don’t find the astringency bothersome, in fact, I like the way it refreshes the palate. It has a natural sweetness to it, this is one that doesn’t need sweetening as the addition may overwhelm the delicate balance of flavors here.

An excellent green tea, not too vegetative a flavor, but enough to remind you of what you’re drinking, and a very memorable sweetness.  Very nice.


Co-Founder/Co-Creator of SororiTea Sisters, Mad Tea Artist at 52Teas
Anne (aka the Mad Tea Artist) has celebrated her 29th birthday for many years now. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her hubby and her youngest daughter. Her oldest daughter is married and has bestowed Anne with the proud title of "Gramma" and her grandson is about the cutest boy you ever did see.

Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!

Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!

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