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White tea is very different from other types of tea, especially green and black. White tea leaves are plucked from a special varietal tea bush called the Narcissus or chaicha. The leaves are not steamed or pan-fired like those in green tea, or fermented and fired as black tea leaves are. Instead, the white tea leaves are naturally withered and dried in the sun. Only two distinct leaves and the bud are selected from the bush. These leaves must show a very light green almost gray white color and ideally be covered with velvet peach fuzz. The leaves for Shou Mei, also called Sowmee, are plucked during April, May and June in the Fujian Province of China. The lack of processing and hand selection is evident in the leaf appearance of this tea. As far as its flavor, Shou Mei has a pronounced taste profile - along the lines of oolong tea. Many white tea drinkers prefer Shou Mei, favoring its 'substance' compared to the delicate nuances of other white teas.

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Latest Customer Reviews for Shou Mei Fujian White Tea
By teatime traveller
from Central PA
on Jan 08, 2012
A delicious tea, not bitter but smooth
This tea tastes very much like bancha, the twig tea from japan that has a sort of nutty, deep taste without being bitter or extremely acid, which black and even strong green tea can be. I'll amend this if anything changes but, after just a few hours, I don't feel jittery but am not sleepy either so this seems an ideal tea.
By megan
from new jersey
on Feb 06, 2008
A Healthy Boost
I am thrilled this store carries white tea! This tea is loaded with antioxidants and gives just enough boost on my way to work.
By Tommy
from Los Alamos, NM
on Nov 05, 2007
Potentially very good, possibly stale
This tea is potentially very good, I think! However, what I received seemed to be lacking in aromatics, indicating that it might have been a bit older or not stored properly. The liquor was very nice, good body!
By Dandysmom
from Washington, DC
on Jun 13, 2007
White tea
Tried this white tea; found that it was not as flavorful as green. That's just my own personal preference.
By Teresa
from TN
on Apr 30, 2007
My favorite
Have just started enjoying white tea and of the 5 or so varieties I have tried this is by far my favorite...excellent... much more "body" than most whites I have tried. Have already re-ordered. Will agree that the large leaves might be difficult in a single size tea ball..but works fine in larger "pot size" infuser.(and this one is worth making a whole pot)
By BKF the loose tea drinker
from Washington, DC
on Mar 10, 2007
Had Never Tried White Tea
This tea looks very different than anything else that I've tried. It looks like bark and twigs but is very good tasting. Hard to fit in an infuser because of this.
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