2017 Mandarin Peel Shoumei White Tea Mini-Brick
What is White Tea?
White tea is young tea that is harvested, sun-dried, and minimally processed.
White tea ages naturally, adding depth and flavor. It pairs a light, easy-drinking sweetness with herbal undertones, creating a rich experience enjoyable all year round.
Shoumei white tea is created with just white tea leaves, and no buds. This creates a strong flavor that is also known for its "cooling" sensation. Aged 5 years, this 2017 shoumei has developed bold, herbal flavors.
These shoumei leaves have been pressed into mini-bricks alongside strips of aged mandarin orange peel, also known as Chen Pi. Mixing tea leaves with mandarin orange peel was a popular regional tea-drinking style from Fujian, where the best white tea comes from.
Now, it is becoming more popular in the Chinese tea scene in general because it adds fragrance without overpowering the tea flavor.
Shoumei white tea is often overshadowed by its fancier (and pricier) cousin, Silver Needle. Silver Needle white teas are made with just buds, leaving just the leaves - Shoumei white tea.
This means that it is possible to get very high-quality shoumei tea at reasonable prices, since the tea has less fragrance. Enter mandarin orange peel! The boost in scent from dried orange balances out the cooling white tea flavor without overwhelming the tea with artificial scent.
I loved these mini-bricks because not only are they easy to portion (one brick per session!) they also pack lots of orange peel fragrance to meld with the white tea flavor. It's a perfect combo and these are now a favorite of my guests!
VALUE AND QUALITY
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Jesse's Teahouse started because Jesse realized the quality and value of the tea directly from the Beijing Tea Market was so much higher than what could be easily found in the States -- and around the world.
Jesse contacted his tea friends, they shipped their best teas to him, and he sends them to you. That's it!
These teas are high quality and can be re-steeped multiple times! Each serving makes between 4-8 cups of tea, so at around $.50 a cup, you get top quality Chinese teas at a price that you can enjoy every day.
NOT JUST TEA, TEA CULTURE
Jesse believes the key to making good tea is to help his Chinese tea friends share not just their best teas, but the best ways to make the teas.
That's why each box comes also comes with an info card that tells you:
- Tea Origin
- Steep Temperature
- Steep Time
- Directions for both teapot steeping and gaiwan steeping
All Jesse’s Teahouse Tea Friends (that’s you now!) also get access to private YouTube videos where Jesse and his Chinese tea friends show you how to make the teas and explain the tea-making process.
The links are on QR codes on the back of the info card included in the tea box.
Don't Forget Your Tea Pets!
In Chinese Gongfu Tea Tradition, Tea Pets accompany you at teatime and you "raise" them by feeding them tea! Check out the tea pets at the bottom of this page.