This white tea has a deep amber color and an aroma of hay. It tastes of hay and wood and it is a little soapy. I found the 2011 cake to be much better.
Flavors: Hay, Wood
“This white tea has a deep amber color and an aroma of hay. It tastes of hay and wood and it is a little soapy. I found the 2011 cake to be much better.” Read full tasting note
“I was actually impressed with this tea. For the price, it is quite solid aged white. The flavor is of paperback books, honey, and woodsy. The final infusions got dark and slightly medicinal. Some...” Read full tasting note
“Brews a medium yellow-orange. Taste of honey, citrus, and dry leaves with a hint of cinnamon spice. This is a decent tea but not nearly a mellow and complex as Teavivre’s 2011 Shou Mei.” Read full tasting note
“I’ve decided that this is a tea style (aged white) that needs to be in my cupboard all the time. So far, I’ve been incredibly lucky to have subsisted solely on samples from generous Steepster users...” Read full tasting note
Origin: Bailin Town, Fuding City, Fujian Province, China
Dry Leaf: Big leaves evenly compressed into a spherical cake shape, a slight red color with distinctive white hairs
Aroma: Floral scent tinged with a whiff of aged wood
Taste: A full-bodied and pure tea, smooth and leaves mellow long-lasting sweet aftertaste
Tea Bush: Fuding Da Bai
Tea Garden: Chaitou Shan Tea Garden
This aged Puerh Cake Tea is quite delicious and deserves high reserve value.
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I was actually impressed with this tea. For the price, it is quite solid aged white.
The flavor is of paperback books, honey, and woodsy. The final infusions got dark and slightly medicinal. Some more age likely will get more medicinal and date notes. I love the colour of aged whites as they steep up light gold, then finish off dark like a black tea.
I should really buy a couple cakes to stash to age, maybe at the next Teavivre sale.
Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/2012-fuding-shou-mei-white-cake-teavivre/
Brews a medium yellow-orange. Taste of honey, citrus, and dry leaves with a hint of cinnamon spice. This is a decent tea but not nearly a mellow and complex as Teavivre’s 2011 Shou Mei.
Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Cinnamon, Fruity, Honey, Lemon
I’ve decided that this is a tea style (aged white) that needs to be in my cupboard all the time. So far, I’ve been incredibly lucky to have subsisted solely on samples from generous Steepster users and companies, but I think it’s high time I officially invest and stock up!
Why do I love this kind of thing? For starters, it combines my favourite floral, hay, and fruity notes of white tea styles with the smooth, creamy-earth profile of an aged tea. It also proves to the world that you can be the low-grade by-product of Silver Needles, and still retain ALL the class. Dance on, classy tea.
This shou mei has a heady sweetness that I associate with blueberry wine. I can’t say why shou mei’s and blueberries are interlinked in my mind, but there it is. Not sure anyone else would get that particular flavour. It turns into a spiced juniper berry in later steepings.
Steep Count: 3
Sample provided by Teavivre. Thank you!
Flavors: Berries, Blueberry, Earth, Floral, Honey, Lemon, Spices, Sweet, warm grass, Wood
Thanks so much, Teavivre! I’m enjoying these lovely teas! I tried to steep this using similar parameters to the Fuding 2011 cake I tried the other day. First, the cake looks MUCH different than the 2011, as far as I can remember from the other day. The leaves here seem much more compact, uniform looking (instead of a mix of leaves, at least in appearance), leaves much darker and has a shiny sheen to the cake. So basically completely different from the 2011 cake which is interesting! The leaves look intimidating but the flavor is a lovely white tea – all light and airy and sweet. I think the 2011 was much sweeter though. And it is such a tightly pressed cake that it has hardly unraveled on the second steep. The third steep unravels with such a lengthy steep time so it has more flavor but also somehow is much sweeter than the other steeps. I like overbrewing the last steep. It’s a much different, autumnal flavor that can’t possibly get astringent anyway. I’m not sure how this cake can be so different from the 2011, but I think I prefer the 2011 to this one. This is a great way to drink white tea though — I’m a fan.
Steep #1 // half sample for a full mug// 20 minutes after boiling // 2 1/2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 17 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #3 // just boiled // 6 minute steep
Aged shou meis are one of the reasons I like whites so much.
Earthy like autumn leaves, very flavourful (lots of tannins), no storage/mold/fishy taste that some puerhs have. It is Earthy a bit like how Taro root is a little Earthy but still sweet. Or like hay/long yellow grass. It kind of has the sweetness of the smell of hay.
Light sweetness, brews a medium amber-brown, can be rebrewed many times. No hint of bitterness/astringency. This is super smooth.
You can’t mess this tea up. Brew hot, brew cold, any temperature and any brew time. Assuming you like Earthy teas, you can’t go wrong. This tea is incapable of brewing a bad cup.
Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Earth, Smooth, Sweet, Sweet, warm grass, Taro Root
This tea has such a unique appearance! It literally looks like something you have raked up in the fall. I have prepared it both Western style and gong fu, and it really keeps on giving. The taste is smooth and creamy, it is very mild, and it doesn’t seem to get bitter even with long steeps. I paired it with chocolate and it was lovely.
Fuding Shou Mei White Tea Cake 2012 By Teavivre
Dry leaf: spices, musty.
1x short rinse.
Light steep; I taste/smell: (smell) slight floral. (Taste) light —→ spices, roasted, floral.
Medium steep; I taste/smell: (smell)
Little to no floral. (Taste) light floral. (Weird at the lack of flavors)
Heavy steep; I taste/smell: (smell) slight fruity. (Taste) light —→ roasted, floral.
All in all an ok tea. Nice taste to it. I rate a 80/100.
Where to buy: http://www.teavivre.com/fuding-shou-mei-cake/
(note: either this tea did not have that many flavors, or it was just me)
Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Roasted, Seaweed, Spices