Fuding (福鼎), Fujian, China
Fuding Da Bai Hao species
- Harvest Time: 2011
- Production Date: Dec 26, 2013
- Weight: 380g
loosely compressed, obvious big leaf with white pekoe.
full, strong, has fresh and brisk aroma
glossy and soft after brewed, remained in complete shape.
bright and clean in yellowish orange colour.
Primarily grown and picked in China, white tea is non-fermented and comes from the Fujian and Zhejiang province. The white appearance owes the name of this tea. It belongs to China’s six most famous teas. The leaves of white color are covered with tiny white pekoes, because of the specific process lacking baking and rolling.
The leaves of white tea are difficult to carry because they are very loose. That is why they are mostly shaped into cakes. But the shape doesn’t mean that the tea tastes like a cake. The same taste of tea can be met in cakes and loose tea.
In the purpose of maturing process white tea leaves are compressed into cakes, it is also good for storage and transit. During the following year, the tea becomes sweeter and mellower by taste and smoother and softer by touch.
Shou Mei grade white tea weights 380g is made of the leaves picked form Da Hao and Da Bai Cha tea trees grown in Fuding, Fujian.
Fuding Town’s locals say: ‘It is tea in the beginning, will turn into medicine three years later, and becomes treasure after seven years’. If the white tea cake is aged it becomes a valuable to drink for sure.
What Does Shou Mei Mean?
The production of Shuo Mei tea is quite different from White Peony tea and includes just picking, wilting and drying. Shuo Mei is a white tea. One bud with two or three leaves suffice for making the ideal tea. The following gradation represents the quality of white teas from high to low level: Silver needle tea (single bud or one bud with one leave); White Peony White Tea (one bud with two leaves); Gong Mei and Shou Mei (one bud with 2 – 3 leaves); New technique white tea (one bud with 2 – 3 leaves).