The Chinese Tea Shop’s 2006 High Mountain Shou Mei Loose Leaf White Tea | Tea Review

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Tea provided for review

The Chinese Tea Shop High Mountain Shou Mei Spoon

Since the last time I had aged white tea, it has been on my mind and I have been craving it. Thankfully, I had some more and this actually dates back to 2006!

The Chinese Tea Shop High Mountain Shou Mei dry dish

Description: ” It has been keeping in a well controlled dry storage for 10 years. It has a very pleasant flowery and fruity aroma with cane sugar sweetness. Smooth and mellow taste.”

Review: The leaves of the white tea were twisted with stems and broken olive and dark brown leaves. It had a very faint but sweet fragrance with some floral notes. After infusion, the floral and hay notes were more predominant and the liquor was a very pale yellow colour.

The Chinese Tea Shop High Mountain Shou Mei wet dish

The first infusion the liquor was subtle and started off sweet, and gradually became more fruity. During the second and third steep, the sweetness became more pronounced as the liquor became slightly darker. There was also some lingering aftertaste of mild hay.

However, by the fourth infusion, the sweetness had disappeared and the hay notes came forward, but the liquor was very subtle.  The fifth and final suggested infusion from the brand was very faint with some astringency on the tongue.

Overall, I really enjoyed this white tea. Like with the other aged white teas I have experienced, I noticed that there seems to be a wider spectrum of flavors that are more pronounced than in a newer white tea (4/5 rating).

  • Type: White tea
  • Origin: China
  • Caffeine: Medium to high
  • Ingredients: White tea
  • Company: The Chinese Tea Shop

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