ZW24: Shou Mei Classic

Tea type
White Tea
Ingredients
White Tea
Flavors
Grass, Hay
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Caffeine
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Certification
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Average preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 45 sec 8 oz / 236 ml

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  • “This Shou Mei has a surprising smoky, earthy taste to it, with hints of spice. By the second steeping it has mellowed out some, with a subtle sweetness similar to dried fruit and slightly earthy...” Read full tasting note
  • “Had this once a long time ago, and steeped it up tonight in the hopes that it would be better than I remembered. It’s not. It smells like dusty alfalfa hay, and it tastes the way I imagine alfalfa...” Read full tasting note
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From Upton Tea Imports

This fine selection from Fujian province boasts a delicate herbaceous aroma, full flavor, and clean finish. The well-balanced cup has a subtle sweetness with delicate walnut flavor nuances.

Oct 2018 Site Description:
This fine selection produces an amber gold liquor from large leaves in shades of green-brown. A toasty aroma with hints of melon complements an herbaceous cup with a pronounced honey sweetness.

STEEPING SUGGESTIONS
Leaf Quantity: 2.25 g/6oz cup
Steep Time: 3 min
Water Temperature: 180degrees

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3 Tasting Notes

306 tasting notes

This Shou Mei has a surprising smoky, earthy taste to it, with hints of spice.

By the second steeping it has mellowed out some, with a subtle sweetness similar to dried fruit and slightly earthy gourd-like flavor.

I am not terribly experienced with a diversity of white teas, as a local company here specializes in white teas and has many award-winning offerings that are of wonderful quality, so I do not shop around for white teas much. Thus, I will not rate this one. I find the flavor agreeable but would not likely purchase it.

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658 tasting notes

Had this once a long time ago, and steeped it up tonight in the hopes that it would be better than I remembered. It’s not. It smells like dusty alfalfa hay, and it tastes the way I imagine alfalfa hay would taste if you brewed it. It’s also kind of drying to the mouth, even though it’s not astringent. Upton lists this under their ‘bold’ teas, and I liked the sound of that, because I find all too often that white tea is weak and flavorless (and also, I thought, how bold can it really be?) But Upton is not kidding about this, the tea boldly and strongly tastes like hay. I guess I should see how the neighboring horses feel about it.

Flavors: Hay

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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