2013 Aged Shou Mei

Tea type
White Tea
Ingredients
White Tea
Flavors
Autumn Leaf Pile, Berry, Earth, Floral, Fruity, Honeysuckle, Melon, Metallic, Pear, Rose, Smooth, Strawberry, Sweet, Vegetal, Wood
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Loose Leaf
Caffeine
Medium
Certification
Not available
Edit tea info Last updated by Cameron B.
Average preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 g 1 oz / 40 ml

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  • “This is my last white tea from a teabox; it came from the Discovery Teabox, so thank you to Skysamurai for hosting the teabox and all contributors for sharing their teas! I had a small amount of...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Discovery Tea box – Tea #18 It’s odd… I had to add this to Steepster. Not sure why it wasn’t here already. I wasn’t really paying attention to this tea, so I just noticed it’s a white tea. ...” Read full tasting note
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From Verdant Tea

Produced by the Weng family, the Weng Family cultivates Da Bai varietal bushes on the misty peaks above Fuding using traditional sustainable farming techniques and meticulous processing.

Shou Mei is picked after Silver Needle White and Bai Mudan. While Da Bai varietal is best known for its downy buds, the Weng Family’s tea bushes, growing on the misty peaks above Fuding, continue to produce beautiful leaves all spring. This Shou Mei is a leaf-only picking from later spring that is aged in air-tight conditions for three years, dramatically changing the color, flavor and aroma of the leaves. While the fresh harvest is crisp and clean, the aged Shou Mei is spiced and cozy. The aging tones down the greener flavors and brings out deep spiced complexity.

Tasting Notes: Very fruity (elderberry, plum), floral (candied rose), spicy (cherry bark)

Steeping Instructions:

Western: 5g per 6-8oz 205F water, steep 25 seconds, resteep many times adding 10 seconds per infusion

Gong fu: 6g per 6 oz 205F water, steep 6 seconds adding 3 seconds per steeping

Iced/cold: 4g per 12 oz room temperature water, refrigerate overnight (8-12 hours), add ice and enjoy

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This is my last white tea from a teabox; it came from the Discovery Teabox, so thank you to Skysamurai for hosting the teabox and all contributors for sharing their teas! I had a small amount of leaf so I decided to use my mini gaiwan, which holds about 40ml of water comfortably, for the session.

1.65g / 40ml (mini gaiwan) / 185F / 20s|30s|40s|50s|60s|70s|80s

The wet leaf both looks and smells like autumn leafs on the ground after a rain shower. The brew in the cup is a light tawny yellow and has a somewhat sweet, floral aroma; the first infusion tasted delicate, sweet, floral, and a little fruity, with the main notes presenting as honeysuckle and rose. The second infusion was slightly darker and a little more metallic on the nose, with a strong rose and berry aroma, and a more present fruit flavor (strawberry?) came out on the tongue. The back of my tongue picked up an autumn leaf vegetal taste toward the end of the sip. The third infusion was stronger in the autumn leaf notes still, with some woody notes as well, in both aroma and taste. The fourth infusion brought out mellower notes of melon and pear. The strong rose, honeysuckle, and pear surfaced during later infusions. I let the session go until I spilt the tea dangerously close to my laptop and took that as a divine sign, though to be fair the water in my thermos was starting to lose some warmth and the tea was fading by then anyway.

It was a pleasant session and I’m glad I got to sample the tea, thanks!

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Berry, Earth, Floral, Fruity, Honeysuckle, Melon, Metallic, Pear, Rose, Smooth, Strawberry, Sweet, Vegetal, Wood

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 g 1 OZ / 40 ML

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Discovery Tea box – Tea #18

It’s odd… I had to add this to Steepster. Not sure why it wasn’t here already. I wasn’t really paying attention to this tea, so I just noticed it’s a white tea. Nothing great, nothing offensive. I drank two cups. Wow, what a fantastic tasting note. Well, I added it to Steepster, so I figured I’d have to say something about it… or possibly no one else ever will. (Or possibly this being unnoteworthy for me was a problem for other people and they never added it to Steepster because of that?)

Arby

hmm I thought I had logged a tasting note for this one. I will have to remedy that soon. thanks for adding it!

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