Mr. Ye’s tea garden on Nine Peaks Mountains, Fuding, Fujian Province, China
HARVEST TIME AND PROCESSING
Harvested in May 2016.
Top 3 to 4 to 5 leaves are picked together, carefully sun-dried and then compress in to flat cake shape.
Shou Mei is also known as Long Noble Life Eyebrow due to its large, thin and crescent shaped leaves. Our Shou Mei comes from an organic tea garden (certified by IMO, Switzerland) at the Nine Peaks Mountains in Funding City, Fujian Province. The remote location that reaches 1000m altitudes and the slightly acidic soil is excellent for growing tea. The unique terrain where the tea is growing in partial shade of other trees adds to the exceptionally pure taste of this white tea.
The late harvest of tealeaves produces a lower grade tea comparing to our Silver Needle and White Peony, making Shou Mei a more affordable option for a white tea. Shou Mei is commonly served in Teahouses and restaurants in Southern China as it effectively relieves thirst, and the refreshing and cooling nature of this tea works well with the heat of a rich and indulgent meal.
The large green and brown leaves yield a dark yellow liquid with a warm aroma of spring greens. This tea has a much fuller body than most white teas, yet it still feels light on the palate. Our Shou Mei has a sweet and slightly salty taste with hints of fresh cucumber and lemon zest and a pleasantly tangy aftertaste.
Common brewing method:
Water temperate: 100°C
Leaf to water ratio: 1g per 100ml
Brewing time: about 3-4 minutes
Tips: adjust the leaf to water ratio if you prefer to shorten the infusion time or for a lighter and/or stronger taste. Do not leave any water in the pot between each brew, so as not to lose the precious flavour and taste of the tea and preventing from too strong taste for the next brew.
Gong Fu Brewing Method:
Water Temperate: 100°C
Leaf to water ratio: 5g per 100ml
Brewing time: about 10 seconds for the first 3 infusions, and increasing the infusion time for each subsequent brewing.
Tips: make sure you pre-heat your tea vessel with boiling water properly, discard water before putting tea in. You don’t have to rinse the leave for a fine tea, but if you do decide to rinse the leave, please make sure do it swiftly so as not to lose the precious flavour and taste of tea.