What is Shou Mei White Tea?

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Shou mei is a common white tea which is produced from naturally withered leaves and tips.

The flavor is sometimes described as similar to a light oolong tea, but it’s often a bit more spicey and earthy as well.

Shou mei is grown primarily in the Fujian province of China, and is typically of the Da Bai cultivar.

It is a fourth-grade tea and is considered a by-product of Bai Hao Yinzhen tea, which is an all-bud picking of the same plants. Since shou mei is picked later in the season, the tea can have a darker color in comparison to earlier pickings such as Bai Mudan white tea.

Main photo is by Matros and from Wikimedia.

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