I was given this sample of Fuding Shou Mei in my latest order from Yunnan Sourcing China. It’s a nice package. It’s a 5.5 gram mini wafer of compressed white tea perfect for one or two people. YS has these tiny little celadon glazed tea pots for only $10. They’re probably meant to be used as a tea pet, but they actually work fine. The top is a little loose, but for $10, it’s hard to complain. :-) The one I used only holds around 55 ml of water, but that’s about perfect for a single serving. I broke up the Shou Mei wafer and put the entire 5.5 grams into this tiny little teapot. I did short gongfu brewing with it, and it worked amazingly well.
I had this tea with dinner, so I couldn’t really pull out subtle tasting notes, but what I primarily got from the tea was maltiness. I enjoyed it and drank at least 400ml of the tea as I had my meal. I found the quality of the compressed tea wafer to be very good. I’m not sure what year it is, but if you order it, you get 5 of the wafer packs for $4.00.
When I woke up this morning, I realized I may be hitting a tea wall and need to take a little break. I’ve been drinking lots of tea the last week or so as new samples come in, and my stomach may be trying to tell me something. Uggh. Probably many of us have heard that old saying about white tea: 1 yr tea, 3 years medicine, 7 years treasure. Maybe this was medicine. ;-) Shou Mei is supposed to be good for digestion and upset stomach, so it probably has nothing to do with this sample and could be totally unrelated, but I’m close to a remake of the classic April 1st TeaDB episode. :-)
Flavors: Malt, Sweet