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Fuding Shou Mei White Tea Cake 2016
Sweet and soft with thick texture
Sweet and soft with thick texture
Bailin Town, Fuding City, Fujian Province, China
May 2, 2016
Feb. 14, 2018
Evenly compressed into a spherical cake shape, green and
brown in color with a few tea stems
Herb and woody aroma with slight medicinal aroma
Sweet at the entrance, the liquid is soft and smooth with thick texture
Chaitou Shan Tea Garden
Low caffeine (less than 10% of a cup of coffee)
Store in cool, dry place away from sunlight; keep ventilated
The aged the better
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, and seven-year treasure”. This Shou Mei white tea was harvested in 2016, and pressed into cake in 2018. After several years of aging, the aroma, taste and the endogenous quality of this tea are slowly changing. Different from the 2018 Shou Mei Cake Tea, who has obvious pekoe fragrance; the tea fragrance of this 2016 year's Shou Mei has faded and turned into a light medicinal fragrance.
At the beginning of the entrance, you can feel the sweetness of the tea liquid. After swallowed, the delicate sweet aftertaste can also be felt the in the throat. After a few steeps, the tea leaves slowly spread, the tea leaves slowly spread, and the abundant substances brewed into the water, so that the liquid become mellower. Until the last few steeps, even if the flavor of the tea gradually fades, the mellow taste become sweet again, and last to the end.
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|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.