Wu Family 2016 Wild Arbor Shou Mei White Tea Cake Review

This tea was received from Verdant Tea’s monthly ‘Tea Club’.

Supposedly this is wild arbor shou mei tea from tea groves planted generations ago and untended for many years at the Wu Family’s farm.

This white tea has been aged 5 years already, as it was harvested in 2016.

I was originally going to let this tea age another couple of years, but I couldn’t help myself.

Tea Specifications

Brand: Verdant Tea / Wu Family
Tea: Wild Arbor Shou Mei Cake
Tea Varietal: Da Bai
Vintage: Spring, 2016
Elevation: 600 Meters
Origin: Wuyangcun, Xiapu, Fujian, China

Wu Family 2016 Wild Arbor Shou Mei White Tea Cake
Wu Family 2016 Wild Arbor Shou Mei White Tea Cake

Review

Amount of Tea: 5 Grams
Brewing Vessel: Small Glass Pitcher
Type of Water: Spring Water
Rinse Time: 10 Seconds
Steep Time: 30 Seconds – 45 Seconds – 60 Seconds

I like this a lot, and it’s very drinkable.

It’s green and grassy with fruit and spice overtones.

Verdant Tea says this tea has a bay leaf note, and it’s sort of similar to that, but I wouldn’t say it’s quite accurate.

Flavor notes: Green vegetation, Chinese herbs, grass, grape leaf, tangerine peel, cinnamon, and cream.

Travis Joynson

Travis Joynson

Travis Joynson is the founder and chief editor of the Professional Tea Taster.

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