Leaf Type: White
Where to Buy: Upton Tea Imports
This fine selection from Fujian province boasts a delicate herbaceous aroma, full flavor, and clean finish. The well-balanced cup has a subtle sweetness with delicate walnut flavor nuances.
Learn more about this tea here.
I don’t drink as many white teas as I do other tea types, and I’m not sure if that’s because I don’t find as many “unique” white teas out there, or if it’s just because I prefer other tea types over white tea. But I do certainly enjoy white teas … especially later in the afternoon and early evening … when I’m starting to wind down. I find the flavor of a white tea to be calming. The gentle, delicate notes relax me.
And this Shou Mei Classic White Tea from Upton Tea Imports produces a perfect calming, relaxing cuppa.
The flavor is soft and sweet, with vegetative notes. I usually call white tea’s vegetative qualities “hay-like” and that description suits this tea well too. There is a warm, nutty quality to this cup, as the above notes from Upton suggest … it is almost like a walnut-type note. I don’t know that what I’m tasting here is walnut … but it is nutty and pleasant.
The finish is subtle and there is very little noticeable astringency to this cup. The aftertaste is a barely-there whisper of sweetness that lingers on the palate.
Overall, a really pleasing Shou Mei.