Shou Mei tea or Shoumei tea is a kind of traditional Chinese white tea, produced in Fuding City, Fujian Province. Besides, there is another white tea called Gong Mei tea, which is an upgrade version of Shou Mei tea.
Shou means “Longevity” and Mei means “Eyebrow”, so Shou Mei tea is also called Longevity Eyebrow or Sow Mee; Gong means “Tribute”, so Gong Mei tea is also called Tribute Eyebrow.
1. Shou Mei tea
Shou Mei tea is made from one bud with three leaves or with four leaves; Bai Mu Dan is made from one bud with one leaf or with two leaves; Bai Hao Yin Zhen is made from 100% of buds. Bud is more tender and precious than the leaf, so the price and quality of Shou Mei are lower than that of Bai Hao Yin Zhen or Bai Mu Dan.
The appearance of Shou Mei is not good, like a pile of dried leaves, which have no special characteristics and unremarkable. A lot of customers say, “do you put dead leaves directly into bags?”
In this age of looking at the face, Shou Mei’s ugly appearance does not take advantage. But after you drink it, you will find Shou Mei’s characteristics are low-key and introverted.
The shape of Shou Mei tea leaves looks like the eyebrows of Star of Longevity, which is the Immortal of longevity in ancient myths, so it is called Shou Mei (Longevity Eyebrow).
The color of the tea soup of Shou Mei is bright and orange-yellow. It tastes mellow, strong, and smooth, which makes people intoxicated. The aroma of it is similar to the herbal aroma and the aged Shou Mei smells like jujube’s fragrance. It’s like the aged wine, the older the more fragrant.
Besides, the total output of Shou Mei is the largest, accounting for more than half of the total output of all white tea. In spring, half of the time is spent producing Shou Mei; in autumn, Shou Mei is produced throughout the season.
Due to its affordable price and huge output, even though the quality of the Shou Mei is not the best, its sales are the best.
2. Gong Mei tea
Gong Mei tea is made from one bud with two leaves or with three leaves, so its quality and price are higher than that of Shou Mei, which are between Bai Mu Dan and Shou Mei. So we can consider that Gong Mei tea is an upgrade version of Shou Mei tea.
According to a legend, during the Qing Dynasty (1636-1912), the high-quality Shou Mei tea produced by a tea farmer was purchased by the Imperial Court. The things purchased by the Imperial Court are all called Tribute (Gong Pin), so the high-quality Shou Mei is called Gong Mei (Tribute Eyebrow).
The harvest time of Gong Mei tea is earlier than that of Gong Mei tea, so Gong Mei tea leaves are more tender than that of Shou Mei. The color of the tea soup of Gong Mei is brighter than Shou Mei’s.
In recent years, because the difference between Gong Mei tea and Shou Mei tea is getting smaller and smaller, the local people mostly like to call this grade of tea Shou Mei, rarely calling Gong Mei. In their view, the small difference between Shoumei and Gongmei is really not so important.
Keep in mind, expensive tea is not absolutely delicious, and delicious tea is not absolutely expensive. What suits you is the best!
3. Health benefits of Shou Mei tea and Gong Mei tea
They are rich in amino acids, tea polyphenols, minerals, vitamins, zinc, selenium and other trace elements needed by the human body.
They have the miraculous effect of cooling, detoxifying and reducing internal heat and can cure the fever disease. In Vietnam, it is good medicine for children’s high fever.
They are a kind of good health tea, which is moderate in nature, not cold and not hot and is helpful to expel toxins accumulating in the body and promote metabolism.
Here are the main health benefits of Shou Mei tea and Gong Mei tea:
- Detoxifying liver
- Nourishing blood
- Improving eyesight
- Clearing heat and detoxifying
- Refreshing and eliminating fatigue
- Anti-inflammation and sterilization
- Lowering blood pressure and reducing fat