A young monk and the wise tea master Lao Cha were once sitting atop of a mountain in Fujian province, slowly sipping Shou Mei White Tea and admiring the sunset. The entire time the monk kept talking, endlessly asking the master questions and telling him one meaningless story after another.
— Slow down. Listen to the tea. You will hear the mountains, the fog, the streams, the changing seasons… If you listen carefully and intently you can hear the microcosm of this area, you will be able to feel the space being filled with minerals. This tea is too precious to waste on trivial chatter. This tea is a journey.
This tea from the 2012 harvest only gets better with age which is why it has been compressed into the cake form. This way of processing this white tea allows for it to mature and with time the taste only becomes smoother and sweeter.
Fuding Shou Mei White Tea comes from the original birthplace of white teas — Fuding in Fujian Province. There, the tea grows in mineral-rich soil and surrounded by fog which also adds plenty of micronutrients to the finished product.
White tea in Fuding is compared to a treasure that should be cherished and every sip drunk consciously and with great appreciation. It is said that tea is only the beginning of the journey and with age it transforms into a medicine.
The name of the tea comes from the shape of the loose tea leaves which are said to resemble the long eyebrows of Shouxing, the god of longevity. Together with its rich history and medicinal properties, this tea makes a great gift!
NOTE: The stand that's in the photos is not included.
Place of Origin: Bailin, Fuding, Fujian Province, China
Tea Type: White tea
Harvest Time: May 2012
Processed on: October 2012
Aroma: delicate, sweet fragrance
Taste: Mellow, full-bodied and sweet with a long-lasting finish
Tea Bush: Fuding Dabaihao
Caffeine level: Low
How to brew loose leaf tea, Western Method:
200℉ / 95℃
6g Rinse. Then 10sec + 5sec
for each subsequent infusion
How to brew loose leaf tea, GongFu style: