2009 Longevity Shou Mei White
2009 Longevity Shou Mei White
2009 Longevity Shou Mei White

2009 Longevity Shou Mei White

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There are many things that make this white tea special. This shou mei white requires almost no steeping skill at all! You can brew this with high- or low-temperature water and for varying lengths of time. It's very difficult to mess up the brewing process when brewing this white tea; basically, anything goes! 

If you brew the tea using the gongfu method, it can be brewed over and over again at least 20 times. Different infusions of tea will bring out different flavors. Lower temperature brings out the sweetness and higher temperature provides more complex flavor profiles.

To ensure that you are drinking a tasty cup of tea, make sure to rinse your leaves with water first. This will help wash away all the dust and other sorts of things collected during its time in storage as well as moisten it so flavors can be released more easily.

One way to make this tea flavorful is by using the gongfu method. With this tea, you can safely use boiling temperature water and steep for one minute and a half on the first infusion. Then, with every subsequent steeping, it only takes about 15 seconds to bring out all of its wonderful flavors. 

This tea will keep you going for a while! You can steep the tea longer as it gets weaker. You should be able to get around 20-30 infusions with this tea no problem!


Gongfu Brewing Instructions:

1. Rinse the tea quickly with boiling water.
2. Use 5g-7g  of this *tea at 205F water temperature. (You must put enough tea leaves to bring out the full flavor. )
3. Steep for about 90 seconds on the first infusion, 15 seconds on the second infusion, and additional 5 seconds for each subsequent infusion.

* This tea cake is pressed tightly, make sure to separate the tea leaves before brewing them in your gaiwan.  


Origin: Fuding, China

Harvest: 2009

Notes: Oaky, Dark Cherry

Country Type of tea Rinse  Water Temp 1st steep 2nd steep 3rd steep
China Green No 190ºF / 88ºC 15 sec 10 sec 20 sec
China Aged white Yes 205ºF / 96ºC

1 min

15 sec

25 sec

China Classic white No 175ºF / 80ºC 30 sec 15 sec

30 sec

China Twisted oolong No 205ºF / 96ºC 30 sec 15 sec 20 sec
Taiwan Rolled oolong No 205ºF / 96ºC 45 sec 15 sec 20 sec
China Small leaves black No 205ºF / 96ºC 15 sec 25 sec 35 sec
China Big leaves black No
205ºF / 96ºC
45 sec 15 sec 30 sec
China Shou puerh Yes
205ºF / 96ºC
30 sec 15 sec 30 sec
China Heicha Yes
205ºF / 96ºC
30 sec 15 sec 30 sec
China Sheng puerh Yes

190ºF / 88ºC

30 sec

20 sec

30 sec

China Sheng puerh Yes 205ºF / 96ºC
10 sec
5 sec
10 sec

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Customer Reviews

Based on 4 reviews

Tea did not have much flavor. Maybe due to its age

Ed Jones

2009 Longevity Shou Mei White

Fabulously subtle

This tea is the perfect end to a busy day - we relax with this tea every day in the late afternoon and it’s a wonderful way to transition to evening. The taste is so beautifully subtle, mild and pleasing - I’ve ordered it before and will order it again!

Longevity is accurate

I’ve brewed this at least 15 times and it’s still going! Seems to prefer boiling water and longer brew times than the typical gongfu steep time. The tea is sweet and just a little thick, almost like agave - really great for a busy day at work!

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