Country of Origin: China, from the Fujian provence.
Altitude: 1500 - 4900 feet above sea level.
Cup Characteristics: Delicious toasty character with body reminiscent of Oolong tea.
Infusion: Tending orange red with golden notes.
Ingredients: White tea.
Antioxidant Level: High.
Caffeine Content: Low.
Shou Mei leaves are plucked from a special varietal tea bush called Narcissus or chaicha bushes and the leaves are allowed to dry naturally in the sun. If any mechanical drying is required it is a baking process at temperatures less that 40C. Only special two leaves and a bud are selected.
White teas have extremely high levels of anti-oxidants in comparison with most other teas so are good for your health. Do not be misled by the mildness of your tea, it still has comparatively high levels of caffeine and tannin.
Shou Mei can be drunk at any time of the day.
Hot Tea Brewing Method
Heat water to 80°C (180°F). Place 1 teaspoon of tea per cup into your teapot, and add 1 for the pot (for a more intense flavour, add a bit more tea). Pour the water into the pot and let it steep for about 3-4 minutes. Pour into your cup and enjoy.
Alternatively, put the tea in a tea infuser and brew right in your cup. When preparing by the cup, this tea can be used repeatedly - about 3 times.
Some like to brew this straight in the cup without an infuser, but be careful not to drink the leaves at the bottom of your cup. The pattern of the leaves is said to tell your fortune.
White teas are normally served without milk and sugar.
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