Shou Mei White Tea from BigTeaHouse

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  White

Where to Buy:  BigTeaHouse

Tea Description:

If you prefer the “Shou Mei” style of white loose tea with a bold flavor and aroma, this is the tea for you. Vanilla brings out the flavor while the flowery, dried fruit and spice round it out. It has a pleasant mouthfeel and is perfect for those days when you want to feel light.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Who says white tea is delicate?

Having tried Shou Mei white tea before, I was pretty sure what to expect from this tea.  But this tea had a few surprises in store!

There is the sweet, slightly vegetative aroma and taste that I would typically experience with a Shou Mei, but, there is a sweet, creamy … almost vanilla-like tone to this tea.  When I read the above description, I thought that maybe it was a mistake … this appears to be a pure Shou Mei, so I wasn’t really expecting the vanilla, the fruit notes, and the hint of spice in the flavor.  But this tea has all of that!

The fruit notes are especially noticeable in the fragrance, but as I continue to sip, I notice a slightly raisin-y kind of flavor, sweet … almost candy-like!  There are hints of spice, mostly pepper, but a soft peppery taste, like the peppery note you’d experience from basil.  It’s a little bit warm, but at the same time, it’s quite crisp and cooling.

A really delightful cup that keeps me sipping to discover more about it.


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!

One thought on “Shou Mei White Tea from BigTeaHouse

  1. I love shou mei so much; I think it is one of the most under-appreciated types of tea, as it is often viewed as a “low-grade” white tea.

    I’ve definitely tried examples of shou mei that had hints of vanilla and spicy tones that you describe here. I find that this type of tea can be remarkably complex. Many naturally taste like caramel and autumn leaves to me.

    It also tends to be quite inexpensive among white teas.

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