Shu Mee White Tea from Starwest Botanicals

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  White

Where to Buy:  Starwest Botanicals

Company Description:

White tea is the least processed tea. The leaves are simply withered and dried. White tea has a higher level of polyphenols that green tea. This tea brews to a light red color has a slightly sweet taste with no “grassy” undertones.

Taster’s Review:

This white tea brews up a bit darker than a lot of white teas – as the description provided by Starwest Botanicals suggests, it is a light, reddish color.   It also has a deeper flavor than a lot of white teas that I’ve tried.   It does have a more delicate flavor than a green tea, but is stronger in flavor than a Bai Mu Dan white tea.

This is a very simple, pure, clean tasting white tea that is very refreshing.   It is sweet and smooth.   There is a richness to the flavor of this tea that is almost savory; it is very enjoyable, indeed.

Serve it hot and try dropping in a couple of chunks of candied ginger for a little extra pizzazz!  Or maybe toss in a few fresh mint leaves when you brew it for a fresh, exhilarating taste.  Or you can just enjoy it without additions!  Yum!

As it cools, the flavor does not become muted (this sometimes happens with lighter white teas), so this would also be an excellent choice for summer (iced tea time!)   It is also good for a second infusion that is just as tasty as the first!

If you’re new to white tea, this would be an excellent starter white tea.  Or, if you’ve tried other white teas and found them a bit too delicate for your liking, give this one a try – it might make a believer out of you!


Co-Founder/Co-Creator of SororiTea Sisters, Mad Tea Artist at 52Teas
Anne (aka the Mad Tea Artist) has celebrated her 29th birthday for many years now. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her hubby and her youngest daughter. Her oldest daughter is married and has bestowed Anne with the proud title of "Gramma" and her grandson is about the cutest boy you ever did see.

Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!

Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!

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