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Fuding Shou Mei White Tea Cake 2018
Refreshing & sweet, good for aging
Refreshing & sweet, good for aging
Bailin Town, Fuding City, Fujian Province, China
July 28, 2019
One bud with two to three leaves
Evenly compressed into a spherical cake shape, the cake is yellow and brown in color
with intact leaves and obvious white hairs
Faint scent and pekoe aroma, accompanied with a light of jujube fragrance
Bright yellow in color
Sweet, soft and smooth, with jujube and pekoe aroma
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
Fresh and refreshing, it is recommended to store it.
TeaVivre's this Fuding white tea cake is harvested in autumn. At this time of year the temperature difference between day and night is relatively large. During the day, the sunlight and temperature allow tea to fully photosynthesize and accumulate abundant aromatic substances. The sharp drop in temperature in night allows the white tea to produce more pectin and soluble sugar, which is released into the liquid and make it sweeter. Compared with Shoumei picked in spring, the autumn Shoumei has more colors, mainly in the form of yellowish brown, dark green and other colors.
The tea leaves wake up and stretch naturally under the 90℃ hot water, and the substance inside the tea slowly melts into the water. At the first infusion, the taste has not come out completely, but it is still sweet and the sweetness spreads across the tongue after you drink it. Gradually, the taste becomes obvious, soft and smooth with pleasant aroma. No matter in hot summer or cold winter, a cup of Shoumei can help lighten your mood.
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, 25s, 40s, 50s, 70s, 90s, 120s, 150s|
|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.