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Fuding (福鼎), Fujian, China
Fuding Da Bai Hao speices
■ Harvest Time: 2011
■ Production Date: Dec 26, 2013
■ Weight: 380g
loosely compressed, obvious big leaf with white pekoe.
full, strong, has fresh and brisk aroma
glossy and soft after brewed, remained in complete shape.
bright and clean in yellowish orange color.
White tea is a non-fermented tea grown and harvested primarily in China, mostly in the Fujian and Zhejiang province. As one of the six famous Chinese teas, this tea owns its name for its white appearance. As a result of the particular process without baking and rolling, white tea leaves are coated with tiny white pekoes.
White tea has quite loose tea leaves which are not easy to carry around. For convenience, they are usually shaped into cakes. Taste has nothing to do with the tea’s shape. Loose tea and cakes of same quality can yield the same taste.
There is another good reason for people to compress loose white tea leaves into a cake, not merely for storage or transit, but also for letting the tea mature. Year later, the tea gets smoother and softer, will become sweeter and mellower.
This white tea cake is made of tea leaves picked form Da Hao and Da Bai Cha tea trees grown in Fuding, Fujian. It is Shou Mei grade, weights 380g.
In Fuding Town, there is an old saying about this tea: it is tea in the beginning, will turn into medicine three years later, and becomes treasure after seven years. Aged white tea cake is definitely valuable to drink.
What Does Shou Mei Mean?
Different from White Peony tea, the making of Shuo Mei tea only include three steps: picking – wilting – drying.
Shuo Mei belongs to white tea. The ideal fresh leaves for making this tea should be one bud with two or three leaves. Silver needle tea (single bud or one bud with one leave) - White Peony White Tea (one bud with two leaves) – Gong Mei and Shou Mei (one bud with 2 - 3 leaves) – new technique white tea (one bud with 2 - 3 leaves) represent the four quality grades from high to low level.