Verdant Tea

2016 Shou Mei Dragon Pearl

2016 Shou Mei Dragon Pearl

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Sourced By the the Xikou Cooperative

The Xikou Cooperative’s old growth tea on high mountain slopes is cultivated sustainably between groves of original forest cover for biodiversity. Wu Yinsheng uses organic growing techniques and meticulous finishing to bring out his region’s unique terroir.
  • true
    75
    clover honey
    true
    70
    green plantain
    true
    35
    persimmon
    true
    40
    cocoa
    true
    45
    nutmeg

    Tasting Profile

    • floral - clover honey
    • vegetal - green plantain
    • fruit - persimmon
    • savory - cocoa
    • spice - nutmeg
    • DATE OF PICKINGSpring 2016
    • Xikou Jiang Yancun
    • ELEVATION400 METERS
    • Da BaiTea Varietal

    Shou Mei is a later harvest of mixed bud and large leaf that has a much fuller body and bigger flavor than Bai Mudan or Silver Needle. This big flavor is the true test of a white tea producer. Fine Shou Mei should not be bitter or astringent even as it pushes the vibrant vegetal notes. This fine balance is achieved in Xikou through clean biodiverse agriculture, a cooler climate that makes for a slower growing season, and of course, through careful and fast drying of the fresh leaves. This 2016 Shou Mei was pressed into a convenient Dragon Pearl shape and aged before release to bring out rich cocoa sweetness and nutmeg spice to compliment the crisp florals.


  • 'White tea is one of the easiest ways to discover the effect of buds in the taste of tea. Most teas on the market are made with leaves, which have amore robust intensity to them. Some teas are made entirely or partially from buds which have a very different flavor and texture to be aware of'

  • 5
    6-8
    205
    40 seconds
    10
    5
    6
    205
    10 seconds
    3
    5
    12
    room temp
    8 hours

    Steeping Instructions

    Western

    5 g.6-8
    oz.
    use 205° watersteep 40 secondsresteep many times
    add 10 sec. each infusion

    Gongfu

    5 g.6 ozuse 205° watersteep 10 seconds
    add 3 sec. per steeping
    enjoy many steepings

    Iced/Cold

    5 g.12
    oz.
    use room temp.° water refrigerate overnight
    8 hours hours
    add ice & enjoy

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