Aged Shou Mei from the 2007 spring pick is a fine example of classic aged white tea. Proper storage in its birthplace of Fuding, Fujian Province allowed for the myriad of molecular changes over the years bringing forth the flavors and fragrances that connoisseurs in China love--robust green lotus leaves and deep red dried Jujube fruit. Certainly without even a hint of bitterness or astringency.
Pairs well with lighter fish, tofu and mild desserts.
Storage: Store unused portions away from sunlight in a moderately humid area between 70-80F/21-27C.
Brewing water: Earth2O brand mineral water produces the finest results. Soft water, distilled water and hard water will ruin this tea. Tap water varies wildly and is best avoided as well.
Brewing method: 3g, 60-80ml (~1/4-1/3 cup) water each time with quick infusions in a Chinese gaiwan or a small pot.