After three years of natural aging, this wild Shoumei is burst with sweetness both in aroma and taste. The character of the sweetness resembles that of unprocessed cane sugar, clean and slightly mineralized. In addition, herbal and earthy traces in the cup give hints to the age of this Shoumei.
The aftertaste is very pleasing with lingering sensations of ripe plum. This plummy sensation even reaches the nasal cavity and slowly fades way.
More about this Wild Shoumei:
- Tea type: White
- Cultivar: Fuding Dahao
- Region: Ningde City, Fujian Province, China
- Plant age: Over 50 years old
- Altitude: 500-600m/1600-2000ft
- Harvest: April 2015
Grown in an untampered environment, these wild Shoumei trees were left to grow to a height of over 3 meters (10ft) tall. This compared to tea plantation bushes that are usually under a meter (3ft) in height.
The leaves of the Shoumei came from the same trees as the wild Bai Mudan (White Peony) but were plucked later. Hence Shoumei consists of mostly leaves, which renders a stronger taste as a result.
“Like at sunset, strolling in the countryside after a day of sunshine. The flavor of this tea is mature and exudes energy. My memory of this tea is a sweet one.” - Karen, Qi Aerista’s Tea Specialist.
Recommended Brewing Instructions:
- 2.5 heaping teaspoons (2.5g/0.1oz) tea leaves
- 1 cup (230ml/8oz) water
- 100oC/212oF brewing temperature
- 3.5 minutes brewing time