Verdant Tea 2018 Shou Mei & Mandarin Peel Dragon Pearls Tea Review

Today I am reviewing Verdant Tea 2018 Shou Mei & Mandarin Peel Dragon Pearls.

Apparently this is an aged shou mei white tea pressed into dragon pearls with chenpi (aged mandarin peel).

Brand: Verdant Tea / Wu Family
Tea: Shou Mei & Mandarin Peel Dragon Pearls
Harvest: Spring, 2018
Location: Wuyangcun, Xiapu, Fujian, China
Elevation: 600 Meters
Tea Varietal: Da Bai

shou mei mandarin peel tea


I decided to brew this tea in a small glass pitcher using bottled water.

First Steep

Steeped for 30 seconds.

The mandarin is certainly the dominant flavor, but it is fairly light, accompanied by a certain earthiness.

Not much color has shown either.

Second Steep

Steeped for 40 seconds.

The color is now a bit darker.

It has become a bit tart and almost drinks sort of like it’s food, rather then a beverage.

I can’t say it is the most flavorful tea I’ve ever had, but something about it makes me want to drink it.

It feels nourishing.

Flavor notes: Mandarin orange, tart, earth, sweet soil, and minerals.

Third Steep

Steeped for 1 minute.

The flavor hasn’t changed much compared to the second steep.


I really enjoy this tea, but I don’t know exactly why.

It’s not the most complex tasting tea, and it doesn’t in theory bring much to the table, but it has this food-like quality that makes me crave each sip.

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