2009 Shou Mei from Life in Teacup

Shou Mei from Life in Teacup
Shou Mei from Life in Teacup

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:

Where to Buy: Life in Teacup

Tea Description:

Production Year 2009

Production Season Spring

Production Region Fujian

Style Traditional

Also known as Sow Mee or Longevity Brew

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

2009 Shou Mei from Life in Teacup is a light, juicy, white tea that has a lovely buttered vegetal after taste and an almost earthy note in the sip.

In the aroma is this very subtle essence of jasmine but that does not translate into the flavor. It has a sweet and lightly creamy mouthfeel but leaves you feeling refreshed and your thirst quenched.

There is also a light and lovely toasted marshmallow flavor that just touches your taste buds gently on the initial sip but does not stick around long.

This is a very forgiving tea! My first steep I spaced out preparing to write this review and over steeped it by far too much. I was certain I was going to have to dump the cup, but alas it tasted lovely! My second steeping – with new leaves – also provided a delicious cup as well. I noticed very little difference in the two cups. This would be an excellent tea to put in your travel thermos for many infusions throughout the day without having to take the leaf out!

I love the look of the dry leaf! Its so wild and natural looking! It appears as if someone scooped up fallen leaves from the forest floor! I love the uninhibited appearance of this leaf, so care free, so low maintenance yet so beautiful. The colors are striking from deep tones of brown to variegated shades of green, even some lighter almost white tones in my leaf.

2009 Shou Mei Leaf
2009 Shou Mei Leaf

I would not say this is a “to-die-for” cup or anything, and I’m not really that into white teas as a rule, but they do have some wonderful health benefits and this one is quite pleasing.

I would purchase this again.

As per a note on Life in Teacup’s website

Our web store is temporarily closed and we aim at re-opening it in February 2013. Meantime, please feel free to send any inquires to  admin@lifeinteacup.com. Thank you and have a great holiday season!

I do hope they open back up soon as I have been eyeballing many of their teas!

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