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Fuding Gong Mei White Tea Cake 2016

Jujube & light herbal aroma, great for storage

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Fuding Gong Mei White Tea Cake 2016

Jujube & light herbal aroma, great for storage

Rating:
95% of 100
Categories:
TeaWhite
Summary
Origin:

Bailin Town, Fuding City, Fujian Province, China

Harvest Date:

April 23, 2016

Production Date:

May 8, 2017

Net Weight:

350g

Dry Leaf:  

Evenly compressed into a spherical cake shape, the cake is yellowish-brown

in color with some white hairs.

Aroma: 

Obvious jujube fragrance and light herbal aroma along with some fruit aroma.

Liquor: 

Bright orange yellow color

Taste: 

It is soft, smooth and full, and the sweet taste lingers long in the mouth

Tea Bush:

Fuding Dabaihao

Tea Garden:

Chaitou Shan Tea Garden

Caffeine:

Low caffeine (less than 10% of a cup of coffee)

Storage:

Store in cool, dry place away from sunlight; keep ventilated

Shelf Life:

The aged the better

Angel's Comment:

Obvious jujube aroma which lingers long at the cup after drinking, taste smooth and full.

Originally harvested in 2016, this white tea has remained in storage for an extended period of time, though it is actually still in its transitional period: the original green color of the leaves has faded to yellowish-brown, while the tea itself and its aroma and taste are slowly developing.

 

Different from the aroma of newly-harvested tea, this one has an aroma of natural jujube and some light medicinal notes. The liquid comes out bright and clear with a sweet taste that spreads over the mouth, thick and smooth. It is perfect for leisure time, a busy workday, and anything in between.

Recommend Brewing Method

Cup Method

Chinese Gongfu Method

Teacup: 12oz / 355ml Gaiwan: 3.8oz / 110ml
203℉ / 95℃ 203℉ / 95℃
5g Tea 5g Tea
Brewing time: 5 - 8 mins 7 steeps: rinse, 30s, 45s, 60s, 80s, 100s, 120s, 150s
      Rinse time is around 5 seconds
Tea Garden

Chaitou Shan Tea Garden is located in Fuding, which is known as the hometown of white tea. The plantation is almost always blanketed with fog, providing the perfect conditions for the tea bushes to accumulate a wide variety of microminerals and nutrients. The soil here is rich red and yellow in color, signifying an abundance of important organic material. The tea species mainly grown here is the Fuding Dabaihao variety.

Chaitou Shan Tea Garden
 
Origin

This Shou Mei cake was produced in Fuding, a famous center of tea production located in northeastern Fujian Province. This area is of the subtropical monsoon climate characteristic of coastal areas, with an average annual temperature of 18.5C and rainfall of around 1661mm.

Map of Fuding, Fujian

Tea Bush

This cake is made of the leaves of the Fuding Dabaihao plant, called Dahao for short. It is a small tree that propagates asexually.

Fuding Da Hao Tea Tree

In 1985, Dahao was certified as a national variety of tea plant. It grows up to 2.8m tall with a thick trunk. The tea from the spring leaves of the bush contains 1.8% amino acids and 28.2% tea polyphenols, which marks it as a high-quality base for making white tea in particular.

History

Tea has been grown in Fujian for centuries as an ever-important staple of commerce and trade throughout ancient China. Originally, the process of drying the leaves was followed by a variation of hot-air drying and sun-drying, a meticulous step intended to remove excess water from the leaves to ease the preservation process and preserve the tea for sale. The leaves of tea dried in this way were often compared to the eyebrows of Shouxing, the longest-living man in mythology. It is from this myth that Shou Mei earned its name, from the Chinese for “long curved eyebrow”, 眉毛, or ‘meimao’.

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