Today I am reviewing Verdant Tea 2017 Shou Mei white tea wafer from the Wu family.
Shou Mei is typically considered a lower-grade white tea, but it can still be quite enjoyable.
Brand: Verdant Tea / Wu Family
Tea: Shou Mei White Tea Wafer
Harvest: Spring, 2017
Location: Wuyangcun, Xiapu, Fujian, China
Elevation: 600 Meters
Tea Varietal: Da Bai
Verdant Tea states that these are 5 gram wafers, but when I went to weigh one, it weighed to 7 grams.
I decided to brew the entire 7 gram wafer of tea in a small glass pitcher, using distilled water.
I washed the tea for 10 seconds and discarded the rinse.
After brewing each steep, the tea was filtered through a stainless steel mesh strainer.
Steeped for 30 seconds.
Produced a light golden brew.
The wafer has not yet unfurled.
Verdant Tea describes this as having a bit of a persimmon flavor, and surprisingly, I actually find that to be somewhat accurate. Some of their descriptions can be a little hokey, but I find this one to be relatively spot-on.
Notes of green vegetation, marigold, persimmon, a little dark spice, and cream, with an herbal-sweet aftertaste.
Not much bitterness or astringency.
Steeped for 45 seconds.
Produced a much darker brew.
The wafer has now fully unfurled, so these aren’t compacted to tightly.
Perhaps there is a little more stem then I expected, but overall the leaf quality looks reasonably good. There are some smaller pieces of leaf, but most of it is relatively decent sized.
The flavor is now much more spice-forward, with obvious nutmeg notes.
A bit of earthiness has developed as well.
Steeped for 1 minute.
A much darker brew, almost resembling a light black tea.
A bit of vegetation is once again apparent, as the spice returns to the background.
Overall though, the flavor is similar.
I’ve had other white teas from the Wu Family, and you can definitely taste a bit of the aging on this one.
A somewhat rare flavor, yet perhaps it seems a bit simplistic, but I think that’s the beauty of it.
Many people seek out aged white teas with minimal processing such as this.
If that’s what you’re looking for, then these are decent, but you could also get fresh Bai Mu Dan white tea for around the same price, so I guess it’s a matter of personal preference.