Shou Mei

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Updated: Mar. 12, 2014 

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About Shou Mei

Closeup of large-leaf tea with dark brown, silvery, and olive green colorsLoose-Leaf Shou Mei (Longevity Eyebrows) White Tea, Photo © Akuppa John Wigham, CC BY 2.0.
Shou mei(寿眉), often translated longevity eyebrows, and sometimes spelled sow mee, is a Chinese white tea made of large leaves and having a dark color. Shou mei tends to be made out of more mature leaves, and contains relatively fewer tips or leaf buds, although the portion of tips can vary considerably within this style. Although it is usually classified as a white tea, the brewed tea tends to be darker in color than most white teas, reflecting an increased level of oxidation. Shou mei is usually described as richer and bolder in comparison to other white teas. The flavor and aroma is sometimes described as more similar to that of oolong tea than other white teas.

The dry leaves are diverse in color, and usually include some brown leaves as well as some greenish and silvery leaves. Overall, the leaves tend to be browner in color than other white teas, which tend to have more silvery-green leaves.

Although considered a lower grade of white tea, and generally less expensive than other grades, shou mei is preferred to other white teas by some tea drinkers due to the boldness of its aroma, which bears some resemblance to autumn leaves.

Shou mei is the unofficial state tea of Missouri.

Best Shou Mei

The notion of the "best" Shou Mei is subjective, because different people have different tastes. We present the most often-rated and highest-rated teas in this category, and allow you to draw your own conclusions.

Most Often-Rated Teas

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Shoumei White Tea

Brand:Foojoy
Region:China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Teabag
39
3 Ratings
Picture of Fuding Shou Mei White Tea Cake 2013

Fuding Shou Mei White Tea Cake 2013

Brand:TeaVivre
Region:Fuding, Fujian, China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Compressed
93
3 Ratings
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ZW62: Season's Pick Shou Mei

Brand:Upton Tea Imports
Region:Fujian, China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
1 Rating
Picture of ZW60: Special Grade Shou Mei White Tea

ZW60: Special Grade Shou Mei White Tea

Brand:Upton Tea Imports
Region:China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
1 Rating
Picture of ZW23: Shou Mei Classic

ZW23: Shou Mei Classic

Brand:Upton Tea Imports
Region:Fujian, China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
1 Rating

Top-Rated Teas

Picture of Fuding Shou Mei White Tea Cake 2013

Fuding Shou Mei White Tea Cake 2013

Brand:TeaVivre
Region:Fuding, Fujian, China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Compressed
93
3 Ratings
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Shoumei White Tea

Brand:Foojoy
Region:China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Teabag
39
3 Ratings

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