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Fuding Shou Mei White Tea Cake (Longevity Eyebrow) 2013

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This tea came from its true origin, Fuding, Fujian province. This tea was picked in late spring, sun dried and stored, and compressed into cakes in winter for easy storage and transit. As it ages, the taste becomes smoother and sweeter. It has a taste of dates and hint of cantaloupe, very smooth, full bodied, with sweet finish. It can be paired with a variety of food. A great every day tea for all seasons. What is more, it is easy to brew and forgiving. 

White tea was once considered to be a medicinal tea in China.There is a Chinese saying about Fuding white tea: year one a tea, year three a medicine, and year seven a treasure. So the more aged the white tea, the more precious it becomes. Chinese folk tradition indicates that white tea has medicinal benefits, especially for boosting the immune system and helping to cure cold and fever.

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This tea came from its true origin of Fuding, Fujing province. Fuding and Zhenhe are the oldest and original areas for cultivation and production of white tea. Its production dates back to the early nineteenth century. Fuding has a unique terroir with 90% hilly land, and is credited as the "Home of Chinese White Tea". White tea is now also made in other regions of China. Different terroirs will produce a different quality and flavor, but white tea produced in Fuding and Zhenghe still remain the most sought after white tea. 

Shou Mei, (Longevity Eyebrow in Chinese) is picked with one bud, and three large leaves from the Fu Ding Da Bai varietal, the same varietal as the other two white teas: white peony and silver needles. The making of white tea involves just three steps: picking, withering, and drying. Since no firing or steaming is involved (as with green tea), it is only slightly oxidized. This tea was picked in late spring, sun dried and stored, and compressed into cakes in winter for easy storage and transit. As it ages, the taste becomes smoother and sweeter. It is a great every day tea as refreshment and great paired with food.

There is a Chinese saying about Fuding white tea: year one a tea, year three a medicine, and year seven a treasure. So the more aged the white tea, the more precious it becomes. Chinese folk tradition indicates that white tea has medicinal benefits, especially for boosting the immune system and helping to cure cold and fever. Aged white tea is not only a valuable tea to drink, but also a great investment. 

Origin:                       Fuding, Fujian, China

Harvest Time:          2013

Bush Varietal:          Fuding Bai Hao

Caffeine level:          Medium

    It has a taste of dates and hint of cantaloupe, smooth, full bodied, very soothing. It can be paired with a variety of food. 

    205-210oF, 4g (1 tbsp) for 8-10 oz of spring/filtered water, adjust to taste, 1-2 min,  3-5 steepings. We advise against the use of tap water as well as purified water.