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Fuding Shou Mei White Tea Cake 2013

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Brand:TeaVivre
Style:Shou Mei
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Region:Fuding, Fujian, China
Loose/teabag:Compressed
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This tea's info last updated: Aug. 14, 2014

Commercial Description

...full, strong, has fresh and brisk aroma...

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87 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
(9 reviews) on
The dry cake smelled, to me, precisely of rich, unscented pipe tobacco—Scottish shag, or an English blend with Turkish leaf. Once brewed, the liquor is a perfect amber-honey tone, and the aroma has the sharpness of honey accompanied by a vaguely floral quality. The honey note follows into the taste of the liquor—musky, sweet, rich honey. There are other notes—citrus? nutmeg? clove? There is a definite sense of spice, though not of a peppery spice. It reminds of fall, of the contrast of cold, crisp air, and warm indoor nourishment. The aftertaste, too, is honey—aromatic, warm, ever so slightly sharp in its sweetness.

2.8g • 212°F • 6min
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90 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
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I loved this. I love Shou Mei, and this was the first example of it I tried in compressed form. It was definitely one of the best samples of Shou mei that I've tried.

The dry leaf of this cake has a moderate smell of dried fruit, with a hint of fermenting fruit in there. It's not the most aromatic of TeaVivre's teas, but it smells good.

Brewed as recommended, 6 minutes on the first steep, produces a very dark cup. I don't recommend going any longer as this one might get too strong. Shou Mei is a bolder-flavored white tea, but this is probably the boldest example of it I've tried yet. This example is more like a black tea in many respects: it produces a dark-colored cup with a really rich, full-bodied character and an astringent, tannic finish. The flavor is strong and is both slightly sweet, slightly sour, and moderately bitter.

The cup smells like dried fruit, autumn leaves and caramel, with a faint hint of the floral tones I encounter in some black teas.

Brewed this way, I was able to make a second flavorful cup, with a long steeping. It was milder in flavor, but more aromatically complex, with more of an herbaceous character.

I also tried brewing for a shorter period of time--same amount of leaf, 3 minutes. This produced a cup that was flavorful, but somewhat boring...it had a mild herbaceous smell and tasted more like green tea than when steeped longer. With shorter steeps, you can get more infusions, but I prefer using two longer steeps.

I also thought this tea seemed pretty low in caffeine, which may be a plus for some.

The price on this cake is good. This is one of the best shou mei's I've sampled. It's also exceptionally cheap for a white tea. The cake is big -- 380 grams, but you can order a sample first. I also have aged shou mei in the past, and I can see this sample aging well (for around 5 years, probably not much more than that) if you want to bring out the deep fruity tones.
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87 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
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The aroma is sweet, like a rich blend of muscatel and honey, in fact it reminds me a bit of honey wine (specifically the Grecian Honeyed Wine I used to make when I could imbibe in my younger days) with a nice finish of hay.

The taste, oh man, it is so sweet! I feel like I am drinking tea that tastes like mown hay, freshly broken stems, and a touch of grapes, but with a massive splash of honey wine mixed it. It is mild and heady, like wine without the burning and tipsy quality, but it still has the warmth and sweetness.

I was able to get many steeps out of this tea.


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