Shou Mei

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Description

Shoumei (simplified Chinese: 寿眉; traditional Chinese: 壽眉; pinyin: shou mei; Cantonese Yale: sauh mei) is a white tea that is produced from naturally withered upper leaf and tips, with a stronger flavor reminiscent of lighter Oolong teas. It is mostly grown in the Fujian Province or Guangxi Province in China. Because it is plucked later than Bai Mudan, the tea may be darker in color, but it should still have a proportionate green color. Some lower grades of Shou Mei may be golden in color with a lot of black and red leaves, making a darker brew with more depth. Technically this tea, being a fourth grade tea, is a by-product of Bai Hao Yin Zhen tea production and uses Da Bai or Large White leaves. The tea can be brewed very differently and there are many combinations that yield interesting results, but it is important to use good mineral water to bring out the sweetness and aroma of the tea and not to over brew or make a bitter and very strong brew. 

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Taste:

Brewing:

This White tea is suitable any kind of tea pot, but we suggested Gaiwan suits much better.

Brewing methods:

2 Brewing methods:
  1. Traditional KungFu Tea:
    1. Warm up the tea pot with the boiling water, put 4-6 grams of tea, and pour small amount of the boiling water into the tea and pour out.
    2. Then pour boiling water (85°C / 185°F) and cover tea pot for 15-25 second for first serving, the tea must totally separate after time out.
    3. Next infusion can be add extra 10-20 sec on each, up till 5 to 6 infusions.
  2. Regular big teapot:
    1. Warm up the tea pot with the boiling water, put 6-8 grams of tea, and pour small amount of the boiling water into the tea and pour out.
    2. Then pour boiling water (85°C / 185°F) and cover tea pot for 1-2 minutes for first serving, the tea must totally separate after time out.
    3. Next infusion can be add extra 1 min on each, only up till 2 to 3 infusions.

Additional information:

This is one of the traditional ways of brewing. Depending on individual gustatory preferences you can you can vary brewing time from 20 sec to 5 minutes.

Please note, that it is natural tea with high content of active elements, including caffeine, and minerals and some unusual feelings could appear. In that case we recommend decrease quantity of dry leaves and brewing time.

Origin:

Guangxi or Fujian Province, China

 Harvest/Produced:

2019

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