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drank Shou Mei by Verdant Tea
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‘Samurai’ Traveling Teabox – Tea #16
I thought I might have tried Verdant’s Shou Mei before, but it looks like I haven’t.  I like that both types of white are in the teabox and I really hope others taking part in the teabox will be able to compare the Shou Mei and the Bai Mu Dan for kicks.  I know others have been drinking these for years, but to me it has been a bit of a refresher, as I haven’t had too many fresh white teas lately.  Being able to solidify in my mind what Shou Mei tastes like and what Bai Mu Dan tastes like again.  This one is a little starchier, sweet yet a hint of cream.  The flavor of autumn leaves, while also looking more like autumn leaves.  Less lemon than Bai Mu Dan might have. 
Steep #1  // 2 teaspoons for full mug // 42 minutes after boiling  // 1  minute steep
Steep #2  // 33 minutes after boiling //  2 min
Harvest: 2018

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