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Fuding White Tea Cake 100g
Sweet and smooth with pekoe aroma
Sweet and smooth with pekoe aroma
Waizhai Village, Bailin Town, Fuding City, Ningde City, Fujian Province, China
April 25, 2017
One bud with three to four leaves
Evenly compressed into a spherical cake shape, the surface of the cake is green leaves,
mixed with yellowish-brown tea leaves and along with white hairs
Pekoe aroma and soybean milk flavor
Bright apricot yellow
Sweet, soft and smooth, refreshing with obvious 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
The 100g specially-made small white tea cake by TeaVivre carries obvious pekoe aroma and refreshing sweetness, suitable for collection.
The fresh tea leaves of this white tea cake are picked at Waizha village, which is known locally as Chaitou Mountain and is also one of the core areas of white tea production. The net weight is 100g, and compared with 357g or 350g white tea cakes, like Fuding Shou Mei White Tea Cake 2012 and Fuding Shou Mei White Tea Cake 2014, this cake is smaller and lighter. Thus, it is very easy to carry whether you are on a business trip or on a vacation. While we drink it, we can feel the tea liquid is sweet, soft and smooth with obvious pekoe aroma. Moreover, in the later aging and storage process, it will allow the tea to become mellower and richer.
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, 30s, 45s, 60s, 80s, 100s, 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.
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.
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.