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Fuding Shou Mei White Tea Cake 2016

Sweet and soft with thick texture

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Fuding Shou Mei White Tea Cake 2016

Sweet and soft with thick texture

Rating:
60% of 100
Categories:
TeaWhite
Product Tags
Fujian Cake Tea Sichuan
Summary
Origin:

Bailin Town, Fuding City, Fujian Province, China

Harvest Date:

May 2, 2016

Production Date:

Feb. 14, 2018

Net Weight:

350g

Dry Leaf:  

Evenly compressed into a spherical cake shape, green and

brown in color with a few tea stems

Aroma: 

Herb and woody aroma with slight medicinal aroma

Liquor: 

Bright yellow

Taste: 

Sweet at the entrance, the liquid is soft and smooth with thick texture

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:

Mellow and sweet, the tea liquid has a special gummy texture.

There is an old saying about Fuding white tea: “one-year tea, three-year medicine, seven-year treasure”. The leaves for this shou mei cake were harvested in 2016 and pressed into a cake in 2018; following several years of aging, the aroma, taste, and essential quality of this tea are continually changing. Because this cake is older than our 2018 shou mei, it has more of a light medicinal fragrance rather than the 2018’s bright pekoe.

 

The first sensation upon tasting this tea is the sweetness of the liquid, which follows through into the aftertaste. The tea leaves spread and expand throughout subsequent steeps and pour more of their essential substances into the liquid, resulting in a mellower brew later on - but even as the flavor fades, that sweetness remains until the end.

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 10 steeps: rinse, 30s, 45s, 60s, 80s, 100s, 120s, 150s, 200s, 250s, 300s
      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.

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