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Fuding Shou Mei White Tea Cake 2014

Aged, suitable for everyday drinking

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Fuding Shou Mei White Tea Cake 2014

Aged, suitable for everyday drinking

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80% of 100
Summary
Origin:

Fuding City, Fujian Province, China

Harvest Date:

September, 2014

Production Date:

October,2014

Weight:

350g

Dry Leaf:  

Big leaves evenly compressed into a spherical cake shape,

in yellow and brown color with white hairs

Aroma: 

Pekoe and aged flavor, accompanied with a light of jujube fragrance

Liquor: 

Bright orange-yellow

Taste: 

A prominent sweetness, honey aroma coupled with jujube flavor,

smooth and soft, producing saliva and leading to sweet aftertaste

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:

After three years’ storage, the pekoe flavor and jujube aroma come obvious, suitable for everyday drinking.

The Production process of white tea belongs to the most natural one, through sun drying and traditional craftsmanship without any frying and rolling, which retains the unique characteristics of white tea and also preserves its natural peoke fragrance. Pressed by traditional stone mill, TeaVivre’s Shou Mei White Tea Cake is shaped in moderate tightness and carries uniform density from the inside to the outside, making sure the later conversion is also accordant in the storage. This guarantees the consistency of the taste in all positions of the same tea cake.

 

An old Fuding town saying about tea claims that ‘tea is only the beginning: in three years it becomes medicine, and in seven years it becomes a treasure’. After several years' aging, the Shou Mei cake becomes softer. When tasting, the prominent sweetness comes first, accompanied with honey and jujube flavor, smooth and soft. At the same time, a hint of cool feeling immerses down to the throat, presenting a comfortable sensation.

Recommend Brewing Method

Cup Method

Chinese Gongfu Method

Teacup: 12oz / 355ml Gaiwan: 3.8oz / 110ml
212℉ / 100℃ 212℉ / 100℃
5g Tea 8g Tea
Brewing time: 3 - 5 mins 10 steeps: rinse, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 80s, 100s, 140s, 200s, 240s, 300s
      Rinse time is around 5 seconds
Tea Garden

Chaitou Shan Tea Garden is located in Fuding, the hometown of white tea. The plantation here is always surrounded by fog, creating the perfect conditions for the tea bushes to accumulate a rich array of microminerals and organic nutrients. The soil is red and yellow in color, signifying that it is rich in organic material. The tea plants growing here are mainly of the Fuding Dabaihao variety.

Chaitou Shan Tea Garden
Tea Farmer
Tea farmer Mr. Lin

Mr. Lin was born in Fuding, Fujian, and has been living in a tea-filled environment all his life. His father, grandfather, and great-grandfather are all tea farmers; when in elementary school, Mr. Lin helped pick the tea when there were not enough workers. This led to his dream of becoming further engaged in the tea business. He said: “My original idea was to establish a good life for my family by running a tea business. But when I got to that point in 1993, I changed my mind: Fuding is one of the best places for growing tea. So I wanted to create a long-term organic tea business.”

Mr. Lin is now one of the first founders of Chinese white tea, owning almost 2800 acres of high-quality Fuding tea gardens, including the only organic tea garden in Fujian that has passed all the European, American, and Japanese certifications. This organic garden has also become the national agricultural standard.

In 2008, his Silver Needle white tea won the gold medal at the annual Chinese White Tea festival in Beijing.

 
Origin

This Shou Mei cake is produced in Fuding, a famous tea production area located in the northeast of Fujian Province. This area experiences a subtropical monsoon climate, characteristic of coastal areas, with about 1840 total hours of sunshine through the year, and an annual average temperature of 18.5C and rainfall of 1661.6mm.

Map of Fuding, Fujian

Tea Bush

This Shou Mei white tea cake is made from the leaves of the Fuding Dabaihao plant, also called Dahao for short. It propagates asexually and takes the form of a small tree.

Fuding Da Hao Tea Tree

In 1985 it was certified as a national tea plant variety, and can grow up to 2.8m high with a thick trunk. The spring tea from this bush contains 1.8% amino acids and 28.2% tea polyphenols, marking it as a high-quality base for making white tea.

History

Tea has been grown in Fujian for centuries, as it has always been important for commercial purposes and trade in ancient China. Originally the process of drying the leaves was followed by a meticulous variation of hot-air drying and sun drying, in order to remove excess water from the leaves; these methods eased the preservation process and helped the tea to sell. The leaves of this naturally-dried tea seemed to appear like the Shouxing’s, the longest-living man in mythology, long curved eyebrow (眉毛, meimao). As a result, people named this tea Shou Mei.

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