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Fuding Shou Mei White Tea Cake 2012

Aged, perfect to be boiled

$2.50
Fuding Shou Mei White Tea Cake 2012

Aged, perfect to be boiled

Rating:
85% of 100
Categories:
White
Summary
Origin:

Bailin Town, Fuding City, Fujian Province, China

Season:

Spring Tea

Harvest Date:

May, 2012

Production Date:

October, 2012

Weight:

357g

Dry Leaf:  

Big leaves evenly compressed into a spherical cake shape,

a slight red color with distinctive white hairs

Aroma: 

Pekoe and aged flavour

Liquor: 

Bright orange-yellow

Taste: 

A full-bodied and pure tea,

smooth and leaves mellow long-lasting 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:

This aged White Cake Tea is quite delicious and deserves high reserve value.

Usually, white tea leaves are loose and inconvenient to carry around. For practically, they are sometimes shaped into compressed spherical cakes - but easy storage and transportation are not the only reasons why this is done; the round shape of the cakes allows the tea to mature. As the years pass, the tea tends to grow smoother and sweeter, and takes on a softer finish and mellower taste.

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’. Every sip of an aged white tea cake should be savored and valued.

Another benefit to compressing into a cake is how it aids in natural oxidation, for which the shape of the cake is preferred over loose leaves. Only a small surface area of the leaves is directly exposed to the air in a tea cake, so the oxidation reaction is slower and more even, and promotes fermentation on the inside of the cake. The crafting process and shape of the tea give it a more enticing aroma whendry, a more attractive color of liquid, and a more savory taste as well.

Recommend Brewing Method

Cup Method

Chinese Gongfu Method

Teacup: 12oz / 355ml Gaiwan: 3.8oz / 110ml
203℉ / 95℃ 203℉ / 95℃
5g Tea 8g Tea
Brewing time: 3 - 5 mins 9 steeps: rinse, 10s, 15s, 20s, 25s, 30s, 35s, 45s, 65s, 85s
      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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